Mar 26 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 15 comments

Grass Feature Patch preview

Hi Chris! I have been off the radar this past week with sinus troubles! I am certain they are spraying the fields around us with chemicals. Argh! Not good! The wheat farmers now grow grapes in the area, and I know that they spray these! I have had to go on antihistamines and nasal sprays and it has knocked me a bit sideways! I will have to investigate this further! But in […]

Mar 07 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Miscellaneous, | 13 comments

From my back deck

One of my favourite places is my back deck. It is an extra-ordinary place that we enjoy both in summer and winter. We laze around in hammocks in summer and love to wrap up with a hot cup of coffee to enjoy the cooler days. It welcomes the stray bird that looks for shelter or the mommy mouse who comes knocking on my back door for a crust of bread. It reaches […]

Mar 04 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

Let’s throw stones

I have wanted to complete my garden for years with the final throwing of stones on the paths around my house. We have finally completed this daunting task. We have imagined this task to be an enormous monster so it has taken us 3 years to pluck up enough courage. I had to prepare the paths for “the big stone path project” for the past 3 years – re-weeding every winter and […]

Feb 24 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

Growing Lotus Blossom from Seed

Lotus Blossom

A few weeks ago I decided it was time to start working on the plants in my pond. I read up a bit about plants for ponds, what works, what doesn’t. First thing I learnt is that Water Lilies don’t do very well in a pond with moving water. Ok, that explains a lot. The ones I inherited with the pond have never done well. I’ve had one bloom in 3 years. […]

Feb 21 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 9 comments

Mini crab spiders

When you are in your garden all day, then you have the opportunity to really see who is living in it and who is just visiting. I saved a beetle that fell in the pool, but could not save the dove that flew into our window. The neighbour’s cat loves the company of my chickens and the starlings gather en masse in the fig tree early in the morning to gobble up […]

Feb 19 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 10 comments

Big clean up!

Today was a go go go day! I had my fabulous hubby as keen to get the garden in great shape. It has been looking shabby and dry and all the spent vegetable plants needed to go. I want to make way for my March planting and get the soil ready for this. I am totally exhausted but so happy that we managed to do the whole garden – every inch was […]

Jan 28 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Bug-a-boo Zoo

I have had such weird and wonderful bugs coming into my garden lately that I had to do a special post on all the bugs I have met so far. Every time I step onto my back deck, I have to run and get my camera. It is as if they wait for me and pose. Thanks to a lot of our friends, we were able to identify all of them. Here […]

Jan 24 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Heat of the Summer

The heat of the summer days does take its toll on the garden. It is usually 2-3 degrees higher here than in the city of Cape Town. So if my friend, Christine, says its 30 degrees in her garden, than its usually 33 degrees here. A few of my plants are now dropping leaves and flowers – notably the fuchsia, but my neighbour was very surprised to see it still blooming, so […]

Jan 23 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

Prehistoric bug

Well, if the Ghost Mantis was not unusual enough for you – check out this prehistoric looking bug!! I found it on the fig tree – two of them!!! One must be a female (the bigger one). I am busy looking on the internet ….. does anyone have a clue??   This is the female before she let go of the branch and tumbled to the ground. I would imagine this is […]

Jan 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 24 comments

Ghost Mantis in my garden

Today was a BIG clean up day in the garden because the heat of summer ebbed a bit! I was pulling out old, woody herbs in the Patio Patch, and was startled to see this AMAZING thing!!! What was it?? Ran to get my camera and macro lens and found out it was an exotic Praying Mantis. Oh my WORD!! I have never seen anything like it before! Take a look! I […]