Perenniels

Nov 11 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Just call me Daisy

And I have them in pink!

A few months ago I saw a little four pack of seedlings marked simply “Daisy” at a local nursery. They were really small, as seedlings go, but I liked them and brought them home. Not really knowing what they are (try googling ‘daisy’, you’ll get hundreds of results, none of which helped identify the seedlings I’d bought), I planted the four “daisies” in different spots, shade, semi shade and full sun. The […]

Nov 08 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Perenniels, | 9 comments

Bugs alive

I guess with the sunshine and the great goodies the garden has to offer, it is not surprizing that I will be seeing more and more critters taking advantage of the flowers! But, I have seen less bugs, so far, than last year. The ladybird beetle is back and she loves the celery and coriander bushes. Aphids are still my archrivals. They are in the roses, lemon tree, brassicas and now I […]

Oct 27 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 13 comments

Last October Days

After the heat of yesterday and the windy morning, I finally ventured out into the garden to see what needed tending. Besides the blown-over trellis and the build-up of weed, I was amazed to see lots of new growth and happy flowers. I am amazed at how much a garden can really give you when you offer some love and care.  I treasure the surprises and the jump-for-joy moments, like the new […]

Oct 19 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Wet October day

Well, the sun is hiding behind dark, ominous clouds and the rain is coming down. I know my garden loves it and after a few warm days, I am quite happy sitting indoors. Just survived a bout of nasty flu and a quiet weekend inside with a great book sounds like a good idea. I did, however, take a quick walk around to see what needed my attention, but my plants all […]

Oct 15 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 16 comments

Mid-Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

My Japapanese Crabapple (malus floribuna)

The sun is up early and the earth is warming up day by day, now that we are midway through Spring. Some blooms have come to an end but this only makes way for bigger and brighter flowers. Trips to the well-stocked local nursery are frequent to get all that is needed for a burst of colour with new seedlings and flowering plants. Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in October 2012 The warmer […]

Sep 26 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Spring Splendour

Never have I been so enamored with a flower as I have with my Louisiana Irises. I think that the first specimen has been so magnificent that I have placed this flower on top of my Most Have To Have list. It is so tall and is so perfect that any other Iris will have to bend in its shadow. I wake up in the morning and open my back door and […]

Sep 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 16 comments

Front garden cleanup

It has been an eventful week in my garden – with my first Louisiana Iris bloom and with the warm sunny days we have had all week, the energy is there to get the garden looking spiffy! Out came the lawnmower and the big job to cut the knee-high grass! Oh boy! What a job. As the sun sets on a productive day, I look out over my front garden and am […]

Sep 15 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 20 comments

Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Spring has finally arrived here in the Western Cape, South Africa. As if Mother Nature flipped a switch, the days are warm and the sun is melting the snow of the far mountain pecks. The gardens are excited to get going and we can feel the rush of spring. “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the […]

Sep 12 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Azalea love

I ♥ the Azaleas in my garden

I was asked in the comments section on a previous post for some advice on how to grow and care for Azaleas. I am definitely not an expert, far from it, but I admit that my Azaleas are probably the most reliable and prolific of all the flowering plants I have in my garden. Every spring they surprise me when they start flowering and continue to do so for what seems like […]

Sep 12 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 8 comments

Another rainy day

Oh well, the spring sun was covered with clouds today and the rain came tumbling down – again. But Spring is all about the warmth and the rain – the flowers and the showers, right? So here is my garden today – wet and warm. The Spring feeling is in the air and the blues have melted and the spirits are high. I’ve been in the garden all day yesterday – pulling, […]