I’m really tired of the cold weather. Where is Spring? It’s almost mid October and my barometer tells me its 10°C or 50°F (I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it sure feels that cold). Yesterday was a lovely sunny day (sunny but not warm) and I took a walk around the garden and was surprised at how much is looking pretty despite the weird weather. I’m loving the Lilies again this year and the Clivias are quite magnificent. They are flowering all over Cape Town and are a wonderful sight. Even mine are looking great. There’s lots of orange and yellow which makes a change from my usual white and pink colour scheme (which will follow on again in Summer).

I’ll take you on a tour and show you some pretty …

The Clivias are planted along the back wall under a deep shade of trees where they brighten up some of the darkest spaces when they flower. It’s a wonderful sight when you walk through around and spot a bright splash of orange tucked behind a tree, or in some places, they are grouped and flowering all together. I think this is the first year I’ve had such a great show from them – this being their third spring in my garden.

Here is a Clivia tucked away under lots of foliage plants

Clivia tucked in a corner

A group of Clivias against a wallA group of Clivias against a wall

Up close and personal with a CliviaUp close and personal with a Clivia

The gorgeous Babianas are floweringThe gorgeous Babianas are flowering

Tucked in between the flowering SalviasTucked in between the flowering Salvias

In a pot outside my bedroomIn a pot outside my bedroom

Happy fish in their cleaned up homeHappy fish in their cleaned up home

And the Lilies have started to flowerAnd the Lilies have started to flower

Yellow, orange and white this yearYellow, orange and white this year

Lilies bending to the sunLilies bending to the sun

Star Jasmine growing up a treeStar Jasmine growing up a tree

Lots of colour in the alleyLots of colour in the alley

About to burst into bloomAbout to burst into bloom

New planted petunias for summer colourNew planted petunias for summer colour

Aren’t the colours of the Crabapple magnificent? A day or two and the whole shrub will be flowering.

Happy gardening
xxx