Reviews

Nov 07 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Reviews, | 4 comments

Ferns of Southern Africa – a Book Review

A beautiful book

Ferns of Southern Africa – A Comprehensive Guide, is a newly published book I was invited to review. With some trepidation I started to read the 776 page guide even though I removed every single fern from my garden just a year ago. I wondered whether the book could convince to try ferns again – after all, I’ve heard ferns thrive in shade and I’m always looking for good shade plants … [...]

Aug 22 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 5 comments

Harry Goemans Garden Centre – a review

Harry Goemans Garden Centre

About two weeks ago Barbie and I took a drive to Noordhoek to visit Harry Goemans Garden Centre. I’d read about the nursery somewhere and it was on my list of nurseries to visit and then Harry himself offered me some advice by commenting on this blog so we decided it was time to make the effort and travel the few extra kilometres to see what we could find. About a forty-five [...]

May 11 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Products, Reviews, | 5 comments

Groovey gardening gloves

Groovey gardening gloves

I like nicely manicured hands, who doesn’t? As a kid, I can remember getting into trouble for a lot of things relating to “hand grooming or un-grooming” practices. As a tot the incessant thumb-sucking drove my parents nuts, later on biting my nails caused plenty of reprimands and finally in my teens, unkempt hands would cause my Dad to raise his eyebrows in a way that I knew it would be much [...]

May 04 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 37 comments

Blotanical – On being a “Blotanist” and new Gardening Friends

Blotanical

When Barbie and I started our Gardening blog in January this year it was all about having a space to show each other our latest photographs of our gardens. You see, we live quite a distance from each other, far enough that we don’t get to see each other often. It’s about an hours drive one way, so a bit too far to just “pop in for a quick cuppa”. Add to [...]

Apr 20 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 10 comments

Earth Day Reading Project

Earth Day Reading Project

I admit it – I don’t read enough! (books that is). It’s not that I don’t like reading – I love it, but the fact of the matter is that I very rarely find the time to read a whole book from cover to cover. I’m one of those people that once a book grabs hold of me I can’t put it down until I’ve finished it, so I reserve reading page [...]

Apr 17 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Reviews, | 5 comments

Sithanda Nursery, Elgin Valley

Sithanda

Remember, I took some photos of the nursery that we popped into when we took our trip through Elgin. It was on the N2 rest stop next to Pelegrine’s Farm Stall. It was small and quaint and I liked the garden decorations so much I had to show you. They had very nice Rhododendrons (spelling?) and I captured a butterfly on one of the flowers. So, if anyone was taking a trip [...]

Apr 17 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Reviews, | 3 comments

The Gardens at Wildekrans Country Estate

Wildekrans Country Estate

Two weeks ago Barbie and I took a drive to Elgin in the Cape Overberg to visit a few specialist nurseries which are located there. The Elgin Valley, one of the Cape’s most beautiful fruit growing areas, is literally an hour’s drive from Cape Town and one of the Western Cape’s better kept secrets in that it is yet to be inundated with crowds over weekends and holidays. The drive from Cape [...]

Apr 14 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 5 comments

Best roses in town!

And more roses

Hi Chris, I loved the post you did on the trip we did to Fairholme Nursery, in Elgin. I took so many photographs that day, it took me the best part of the week to download them all, colour correct, crop and file them!  Here are the photos of trip we did to Duncan’s Roses – the most beautiful roses I have seen for sale!  It is worth the trip out of town to just [...]

Apr 09 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Reviews, | 8 comments

Fairholme Nursery in Elgin

Fairholme Nursery

On Tuesday morning Barbie and I set off on a little road trip to go “plant hunting”. We were looking for slightly less common plants, specifically ornamental and unusual grasses which Barbie plans to make a feature of in her garden. Two weeks ago when I attended the Rare Plant Fair in Stellenbosch I bought a beautiful grass from Fairholme Nursery who were in attendance. The grass is Panicum Virgatum “Shenandoah”, and [...]

Mar 26 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews | 4 comments

Stodels in Kenilworth revisited

Ornamental grasses

I decided to give Stodels in Kenilworth another try. I don’t normally go back to places I don’t get good service at, but there were three reasons for giving it another go – Firstly, my previous visit was on The Hottest Day in Cape Town this year. It was seriously uncomfortable and perhaps I was giving off some sort of “don’t even talk to me” vibes, so I thought I should give [...]