Reviews

Sep 29 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, Reviews,

Starke Ayres Garden Centre Visit

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My favourite outing – going to buy plants at my best-loved nursery – Starke Ayres Garden Centre. If anyone has it, they do! A great selection of seeds and seedlings (where I always go to first!) Every plant I have bought here has been well nurtured and tenderly cared for, from the supplier to the helping hands at Starke Ayres Garden Centre. My first impression was that they support organic gardening, first [...]

Nov 04 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 7 comments

My Visit to Seebauer Garden Centre in Munich, Germany

This was my favourite display - 'Heide'

I’ve just returned from a two-week trip to Munich in Germany which included a two-day stop in Paris on the way home. Of all the fabulous things we did and saw over the two weeks, for me, a visit to Seebauer Garten Center was one of the highlights. Even if you are not a plant-nerd, this Nursery is impressive, not just for the sheer size and scale of the offerings but for [...]

Sep 26 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 5 comments

Book Review – Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners

Book by Christopher Lloyd & friends

Today I am once again I’m joining Holley of ‘Roses and Other Gardening Joys‘ in doing a monthly book review on a favourite gardening book from my personal library. My chosen book this month was a Birthday present from my Brother last year – and how I love this book. Exoting Planting for Adventurous Gardens by Christopher Lloyd & friends is a beautiful book full of rich colourful photographs showing the exotic [...]

Aug 03 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, Reviews, | 4 comments

Biodiversity showcase garden

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Cape Town is internationally known as a biodiversity hotspot with many species occurring nowhere else in the world. The Biodiversity Garden in Green Point, Cape Town was built around the World Cup Stadium in time for the Soccer World Cup (2010). I took my sister (the one visiting from Australia) to this Showcase Garden last week where we learnt about all the elements making up biodiversity through a series of themed gardens. Instead of [...]

Apr 22 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 8 comments

April Book Review – Foliage by Nancy Ondra

Foliage by Nancy Ondra

Once again I’m joining Holley of Roses and Other Gardening Joys in doing a monthly book review on a favourite gardening book from my personal library. I was originally introduced to this particular book by Cathy & Steve of Our Garden Journal when they reviewed this book last year. After reading their glowing report I promptly ordered the book and was not disappointed when it arrived. Foliage, by Nancy Ondra ticks all [...]

Mar 21 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 5 comments

March book review

Planning tips & requirements

I’m quite pre-occupied with my pond make-over project at the moment so I’ve been perusing “pond” books at the book store and have even bought a few. Most have been fairly useful, in one way or another, but none has actually motivated me to make the changes to the pond I know are necessary. Until I walked past a second-hand book shop and decided to look in and see what gardening books [...]

Feb 29 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Products, Reviews, | 36 comments

Lets talk about Mulch

Rooibos and Bark Mulch - Both are beautiful

Today I tried a product that completely blew me away. I am thrilled to have found Rooibos Mulch by Carmién Tea (based in Citrusdal in the Western Cape) and I want to tell you a bit about it. A few weeks ago I saw Rooibos Mulch for sale at a nursery and saw someone walking out with a few bags. I was curious. I stopped the friendly gardener and asked her about it [...]

Feb 23 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 4 comments

The Complete Planting Design Course – February Book Review

Complete Planting Design

For this month I’ve chosen to do my book review on a book by Hilary Thomas called “The Complete Planting Design Course – Plans and Styles for every garden”. I first came across the author when I did a distance learning course about garden design and Hilary Thomas was the tutor. At the time I blogged about the course here and at the end I decided to buy the book by Hilary. [...]

Jan 19 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 12 comments

“Grasses” by Nancy Ondra – A Review

Grasses by Nancy Ondra with photographs by Saxon Holt

This month I’m joining Holley of Roses and Other Gardening Joys in doing a book review on a favourite gardening book from my personal library. From front cover to back, “Grasses – Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design” by Nancy Ondra with photography by Saxon Holt, is a visual feast. Even if you don’t read a word of this book you will be inspired to start gardening with ornamental grasses – the [...]

Dec 12 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 7 comments

SA Garden Magazine on my wish list

SA Garden Magazine

I’ve been reading the “other” South African gardening magazine for a few months now. This one is simply called SA Garden and has the tagline – earthbound ◊ practical ◊ inspirational. The December issue was outstanding – packed full of info, and I read it from cover to cover so I thought it would be worth mentioning here, for our local followers! SA Garden changed their layout a few months back and [...]