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Dull garden?

All seems bleak and colourless when you are forced to stay in bed with a bad flu. It has gripped all I know here in the Western Cape and with the weather as miserable as it has been, I did not have a hint of guilt. But the garden has taken a beating and after the hail storm, I though I would have nothing left. I though all would be dull and lifeless but to my surprise, not all was lost (to the weather and the chickens!) I have been able to pick something from the garden and there were some happy blooms longing for someone to take notice ……. !

my new feverfew

Using quince sticks to hold up the granadilla plant – or the other way around! Chasmanthe and Powis Castle surrounds.

[one_half]Tree bursting with lemons![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Guavas on the way – lots this year[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Tomatoes still growing[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Chillies always available[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Violas love the cool and the rain[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Love the broad beans from last year[/one_half_last]

Tansy always a useful plant to have in the garden – best pesticide!

[one_half]Gerbera never fails! Happy flowers![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Fully at home here! That’s Tara.[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The winter lilly is coming back[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My blonde tomatoes producing still[/one_half_last]




[one_half]Swiss chard always welcome[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Veggie patch abit damaged, but producing[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Have new beginnings on the way[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ripening on the sunny back deck[/one_half_last]




So you see, through all the dull rainy and wintery weather, the garden still has a lot of magic!!


Happy gardening xxx

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.

8 replies on “Dull garden?”

I loved seeing the seed trays, a new biginning is always so heartening, for you because it is winter and for me because the garden is slipping into its summer dormancy.

Not dull at all! I love all the produce your garden grows. And any garden with chickens is joy, even if they sample the plants. Sorry to hear you have the flu. I had it three times last year and was really, really sick, so I empathize. We had hail here recently and that is very odd. Last hail storm was maybe seven years ago. I have to see your previous post that referenced the hail.

Hi Donna – the weather patterns are really changing and I am thankful that the weather is not so harsh! I can handle this 🙂
Christine is now just coming out of her flu – wow, it has been a bad one!

It’s amazing to me that even in the dead of winter, the garden is never dull. There is always something going on there, ever changing. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had the flu. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

Hope you feel better! Your garden looks quite nice — I always forget how mild your winters are.

Granadilla? “No, that’s a Passiflora!” I thought. Yes, we’re both right. 🙂 Those sticks are not going to be enough, are they? Here my Passiflora grows 12′ (3.5m) or more in a year!

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