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Back in my Garden

Well I guess you all thought that I left the country!! Well, I did! I travelled to Germany on business and also to visit family. During this time, my hubby stayed home and said that the weather was cold, wet, very wet and miserable!! I had a fabulous trip and took lots of photos, so I will have to do a special post on my trip. My garden looks forlorn and totally drenched! I was so surprised when I took my camera and found a few blooms for a delayed Blooms Day! Here are the sunny flowers that managed to put a smile on my face! Hey!! We are supposed to be in Spring!! But we really don’t feel very Springy yet!!

[one_half]Almond blossom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Borage-a favourite here[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Potato Plant just flowering[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My sweet Tara-Barred Rock[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Nasturtium’s all soggy[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Really pretty wild flowers[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Love the bell shape Dierama[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lavender looks great![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Water everywhere![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Dietes – always a winner[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Allysum tucked away[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Broccoli in bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Ixias in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Calendula – bright orange![/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Can’t wait for the Jasmine[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Something new – Lupins![/one_half]

[one_half_last]I really like them![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Azaleas about to bloom! A first![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bulbine plant[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Peach blossom – looking sad![/one_half]


[one_half]So excited! My confetti bush![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Blueberry blossoms-not so happy[/one_half_last]

Even though the blossoms are not all bold and bright, I am so happy to have the few there is. The ground is soaked and alot of plants have literally drowned. I have so much work to do and I look forward to a sunny week ahead!

Glad to be home and will be happier when I am in my gum boots!

Happy Gardening xxxx



By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

18 replies on “Back in my Garden”

Sad you have gotten too much rain. It seems topsy turvy the world over with the weather. I would love to visit Germany someday, it must have been a great trip even if some of it was for business. I have never been, but my family from both sides is from there originally. Confetti bush is a pretty neat plant, all the little flowers. I love Lupins too, but they are not long lived in our soil.

Oh, I wish I had some of your rain! But, what a pity to have drowning plants. Too much water is never a good thing. The blooms you have are lovely. I especially love the fuchsias, and oh, my! – I’m so impressed with the number of buds on the jasmine! I can imagine how fabulous the scent will be!

Wow! Feels like it! I have my seeds all ready! No – I need to wait for sunny days! 🙂
Getting itchy fingers. I do have a few seedlings to plant out, but I dare not! The ground is saturated!

I agree with Alan–but it’s a special treat to visit your blog and see them all in bloom. Can’t imagine how beautiful they are all together. Ixias are fascinating. I tried planting them once, but they didn’t take. Maybe I should try them in pots?

Thanks Charlie! We are so looking forward to the Spring after a very wet and cold winter – even snow on Table Mountain, Cape Town!! That’s very unusual!

Welcome back! I think I finally figured out why I never know what season it is by looking at your garden: it’s because you have spring, summer, and fall blooming plants blooming at the same time. Makes it even more confusing that this happens during your winter! 🙂

I love your borage plants — always so happy and healthy. Did you deadhead the feverfew? If not, be prepared for lots of them popping up everywhere — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Hi Alan! Missed our garden chats!
Yea! It must be confusing because really we can have spring blooms coming as up as early as mid-winter!! All depends on the sunshine! We are lucky not to have radical weather patterns here, so flowers just arrive when they want! 🙂

Hi there

Yeah, from afar my garden also looks rained apart, but when you look close-up there are many little lovely things blooming. Can’t wait for a few weeks more when Spring is here properly!

I was wondering whether someone could help me find a nursery or 2 that sells ‘unusual’ trees and plants? I was trying to comment on the post about some little nursery you guys went hunting for in the Elgin/Grabouw area, but there’s no option for me to comment there :/ ? so I try here 🙂

I’m always looking for the unusual: like orange jasmine (murraya paniculata), cork oaks and eucalyptus cinerea. ? Any ideas of where I could go hunting for some of those?


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