Sep 18 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Trees | 4 comments

Apple Espalier

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My next project is to learn how to do an Espalier Tree. I bought 2 apple trees last week and I have an ugly vibracrete wall I want to hide, and this will be perfect!! The term espalier refers to the way fruit trees are trained to grow against a wall. It makes the tree easier to prune and the fruit easier to pick. This decorative method was often used traditional walled [...]

Sep 17 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 28 comments

I Won, I Won (Actually, the Lily is the Winner)

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Can you believe it, I actually won a competition. Not only that, I won it for a photograph of one of my flowers (doing the happy dance here). I bought all my bulbs from Hadeco, South Africa’s prime bulb producer. Then I found out that they have a weekly photo competition they run on their Facebook page and a few weeks ago, when my bulbs started flowering I started entering, and have [...]

Sep 16 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Not mad about these mushrooms

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We have had a spell of warm weather followed by wet weather. Perfect conditions for mushroom growing! Well – I have had a few of them growing on my grass patch! I am not sure if these are edible, but no matter if they are or not, I’m NOT going to eat them! Can anybody help me with this species of mushroom? I also found this horrible looking growth in my raised [...]

Sep 14 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Sowing the seeds of love

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As you know, I am growing a full vegetable garden this season. I have my 3 huge raised beds to fill and the large veggie patch area I have on the side of my house. I prefer to cultivate my veggies by sowing seeds and through experience, I tend to have a heavy hand when it comes to sowing seeds. I over-sow and end up with a cramped environment where the plants [...]

Sep 13 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 18 comments

Bugs eye view


It is amazing what we see through our eyes. But what if we could see through the eyes of a bug? It is of course impossible for humans to percieve what an insect sees, but we think that a compound eye, consisting of 2 to 20 000 lenses will project a sort of mosaic image. So our eyes are very sophisticated to see near and far, like we do. What an amazing [...]

Aug 26 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 6 comments

Sowing the seeds of love

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Hi Chris, I am busy sowing my spring vegetable seeds using the great ideas from our blogger friends. I have my magic seeder and recycling all the toilet roll inners to use as planters. I’ve been collecting for ages, as you can see! I’m busy planting lettuce, tomato, beet root, cucumber, sweet basil, cabbage, spinach, swiss chard, carrots, squashes, onions, broccolli, and the new potatoes still to come. I can’t wait to see these [...]

Aug 25 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Miscellaneous, | 3 comments

Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday my dear friend! I wish you a wonderful day today and may all your wishes come true. I am so fortunate to have you in my life and a best friend is a gift that knows no other. We may take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere! Many people will walk in and out of our lives, but a [...]

Aug 24 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 10 comments

Sunbird in my garden


I finally had the opportunity to get photos of my local sunbird. The couple come back every year and nest in the same tree. He is a malachite green – it also looks blue sometimes in the light! He is a noisy bird and fights off all possible intruders – the local yellow weaver and the fiskal shrike (butcher bird). He chases them all around the garden, so I am assuming that there are [...]

Aug 23 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 7 comments

Indigenous Roadside Flora

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We took photos on the way back from Harry Goemans Garden Centre of the beautiful flora along the roadside. The drive is a very picturesque stretch that takes us over the Ou Kaapse weg (The Old Cape Road) over the Steenberg Mountain Plateau where the Silvermine Nature Reserve is situated. Harry Goemans Garden Centre is situated in the Noordhoek Valley near Fishoek – so this was a special outing for the two of us! [...]

Aug 21 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Trees, | 8 comments

The Mighty Mugwood Tree

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Well, the tree finally found itself into our front garden – the Mighty Mugwood tree. This work of art was the idea of my husband when he brought home two crates of metal mugs. He came up with the idea of a big tree. I was so enthusiastic with my hubby’s interest in the garden that I was immediately supportive and said the big old lavender can now move. Well, the rest [...]