Apr 29 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

The Gardening Blog in the News!

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I was so excited when Christine told me that “We are in the Fair Lady Magazine!!” It was such a surprise to the both of us that our “little” blog made it in one of the top woman’s magazines here in South Africa! We are both grinning from ear to ear and had to share this with all our gardening friends! And the Article reads: “Life long friends Barbie and Christine are [...]

Apr 03 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 6 comments

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt in Barbie’s Garden


This Easter, I had great pleasure arranging an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt in my garden for all the children !! The little “Easter bunnies” had to prepare for the big event by putting on their bunny ears and bunny tails. Hannes created such a fun video of the day and it went smoothly without one forgotten easter egg. Thank you Mr Easter Bunny!!   For all the blogging friends – the two [...]

Mar 22 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 13 comments

Scary Centipede


I had to post this photo my sister took of a huge centipede she found. Oh My Word!! It has a long tail and this one was about 10cm long without the tail. The legs, for me, are the creepy part! I get goosebumps just looking at it! Centipedes Centipedes (from Latin prefix centi-, “hundred”, and pes, pedere, “foot”) are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are [...]

Mar 17 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Early Autumn in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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The cooler days are slowly replacing the swelter of summer. The refreshing rains in March will give the Two Gardens a welcome time out! This is the time to reflect and review – what is coming up this season and what can we look forward to. Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in March 2013 I have started early with all the cleaning and cutting and digging and clearing. I feel ready for the [...]

Mar 17 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Throwing Stones

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This seems like the week of garden activity for me! Thank goodness, I have the strength to do the manual labour needed to get this job done! But – here I had lots of help! We finally got around to throwing stones for our new Zen area. It is already taking shape and I am so pleased that my hubby is gonna be part of this garden feature! My faithful work horse! [...]

Feb 28 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 9 comments

Sheeping around

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I have been so busy with work and stuff that the garden has been neglected and the two bored chickens have been given full access to the front and back garden – out of pure guilt, I must add. There is method to my madness though – I intend to rip out old growth and prune out-of-control perennials. So, let the chickens have there fun. I have started cutting and mowing and [...]

Feb 10 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 30 comments

Bye-bye Buffy

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A sad day indeed. My favourite pet – Buffy passed away this weekend -Friday 8 February 2013. She had been bravely coping with Bumblefoot and the traumatic operation on both feet in December. It took its toll on her and she developed breathing problems and finally stopped eating. Her life with us was a full 6 years and she was the Queen of the Roost! She always made sure she had the [...]

Jan 25 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 19 comments

Hen House update

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Well, the final touches have been done and voila – the Girls have a fully “furnished” 5 star abode! We still need to add a perch and zoomy up the laying stations, but all in all I am sure not one of them will complain. We have 3 happy hens! The Great Hen House Build was posted earlier – (link here to see) We have approval and a 5 Star rating!! I [...]

Jan 06 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 27 comments

The Great Hen House Build

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The much anticipated and prepared for Hen House and Chicken Run happened this holiday!! I so wanted to make a real Hen House for “the girls” because the reclaimed area has left them with no real home of their own – just a makeshift place that was only meant to be temporary. I was lucky to have the help of my many-talented hubby – the one with the real skill – and [...]

Dec 27 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 6 comments

Seasonal Celebration

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Seasonal Celebrations are the joys that continually bring a smile to your face. If I had to choose one area in my garden that has always given me the greatest pleasure – I have to say that it is my Grass Feature. From the designing of it to the shopping expedition that Christine and I made to the Elgin area in the Cape to find the best grasses. Then the layout and [...]