Gardening

Jul 18 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

Mandela Day honoured

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Today is International Mandela Day and Madiba’s 95th Birthday! We have all been called to GIVE BACK on this day! The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” My sister, Marion, and I took [...]

Jul 18 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 5 comments

Growing up revisited

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Just a quick post to show the new seedlings growing. I can see the difference between the kale and the chinese cabbage now with the second set of leaves (I am sure they have a more scientific name) coming through. I am excited about the kale – I saw a recipe with kale and it looked so scrumptious!  With so much nutritional value, it can only be a great addition to any [...]

Jul 16 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 5 comments

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in my winter July 2013

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I did not want to miss another Bloom Day! There is always something blooming here and wanted to join in again, so no one will think that I have closed my garden gate. Even though there is not a lot to see, I love the blooms that are coming through now – my favourite Borage and the sunny Calendula daisy. The worst of winter is passing and the days are getting longer. [...]

Jul 07 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Shabby Chic for the garden

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I have been told that my home is Shabby chic! This is something I have not heard before – where have I been? There is a definition for it in Wikipedia! Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. We take pride in making almost all our [...]

Jul 04 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Growing up

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No matter what the weather – come winter or summer – rain or shine – seeds will grow!!! I still get excited when I see my seeds sprouting!! It has taken two weeks for them to go from seed to sprouts! The amazingness of nature!! So every two weeks I should be sowing seeds! Wow, I would have a harvest garden for all to envy! I still have to get to that [...]

Jun 25 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Rainy day blues

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I am staring out of my windows today, watching the rain pouring down. A peaceful and unhurried calm always comes over me when I watch the rain fall. It can be so gentle and nourishing, yet have a nasty streak by flooding and destroying! The world is experiencing devastating floods and I am on the otherside of the coin. I am very thankful. We have been having alot of rain this winter [...]

Jun 18 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 8 comments

Dull garden?

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All seems bleak and colourless when you are forced to stay in bed with a bad flu. It has gripped all I know here in the Western Cape and with the weather as miserable as it has been, I did not have a hint of guilt. But the garden has taken a beating and after the hail storm, I though I would have nothing left. I though all would be dull and [...]

Jun 02 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

Hail Storm antics

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We had an almighty cold front crossing over us the entire weekend. And the hail storm that exploded just a few hours ago was amazing! I haven’t experienced one like this before – not that I can remember! We have a zinc roof so the noise was deafening. I was so surprised to see the new chickens, Tara and Rocky, running around and picking up balls of hail! How funny is that!! [...]

May 23 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 16 comments

Autumn colours

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I was inspired today!! I looked out of my window this morning and the recent fresh rains brought out such beautiful Autumn colours! So I took my camera and explored the wet garden. I found the most interesting perspectives and saw my garden in a different light! Lots of colour that I thought I had lost…   Sweet yarrow flowers are a favourite of mine. The gorgeous Ice Cream bush – love [...]

May 17 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 8 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in May

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This post is late in coming, but I wanted to save face and let you know that there is something I can harvest from my modest veggie patch. I have not put any effort into the garden this month and yet it still produces happily. I know I promised last month that I would toil and sow seeds, but alas! I might as well have gone fishing!! That’s how much I did [...]