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End-Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

It is not easy to say that our Spring in coming to an end. It has been a favourite time with tons of flowers and colours. It is the season we all know well for “Spring Cleaning” and we both know what that feels like. Busy keeping the growth under control and watching for the next surprise!

Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in November 2012

It’s not been as “florific” a Spring as I’d hoped for, mainly because I’ve been away and not had much time to spend planning and planting in the garden. Taking photos for this post has been a great exercise as I can see where I need to cut back and where I still have ‘colour gaps’ to fill. The star of my garden in November is Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). It is in full flower and charmingly tumbling off walls, climbing up trees and creeping along the ground … and the scent is just amazing!

Here’s whats flowering in my garden right now …

[one_half]The Agapanthus have started to flowerThe Agapanthus have started to flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I’m loving all the Salvia – I have lotsI'm loving the Salvia - I have lots[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Last of the Lilies …Last of the Lilies ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]and last flush of the Crabappleand last flush of the Crabapple[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Cute daisies and HeliotropiumCute daisies mix with Heliotropium[/one_third]

[one_third]Dietes bicolor in the same bedDietes bicolor in the same bed[/one_third]

[one_third_last]They are very prettyThey are very pretty[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Lovely Gaura lindheimeriLovely Gaura lindheimeri[/one_third]

[one_third]The gorgeous FuchsiaThe gorgeous Fuchsia[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Time to Dream …Time to Dream ...[/one_third_last]

[one_third]The interesting flowers of …The flowers of ...[/one_third]

[one_third]Acanthus mollis …Acanthus mollis ....[/one_third]

[one_third_last]aka Bear’s Breechesaka Bear's Breeches[/one_third_last]

[one_half]Pretty Chamomile blooms (thank you Barbie!)Pretty Chamomile blooms (thank you Barbie!)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Yesterday, Today & TomorrowYesterday, Today & Tomorrow[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Dietes grandiflora are in bloomDietes grandiflora are in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]as is the cute Dietes bicoloras is the cute Dietes bicolor[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The lovely Dahlias are hugeThe lovely Dahlias are huge[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Abutilon seems to flower all yearAbutilon seems to flower all year[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Petunias: The big picture …Petunias: The big picture ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]and Up close and personaland Up close and personal[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Star Jasmine climbing up a treeStar Jasmine climbing up a tree[/one_half]

[one_half_last]and Up close and personaland Up close and personal[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My gorgeous fur-kid, DexterMy gorgeous fur-kid, Dexter[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The reddest flower in my gardenThe reddest flower in my garden[/one_half_last]

That’s it from Claremont in Cape Town, lets see whats happening in Barbie’s garden in Philly …

Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in October 2012

So much is happening in my garden, I can’t keep up! I swear that my lawn grows 3cm every day! There are so many flowers I wanted to try in my garden this spring, that I have over done it! There are the roses that are at their best now, and the Irises that have given me a splendid show and the daisy-type flowers are all over the garden. The Salvias and the Babianas and the Calendula are all so colourful. Have a look and see what’s exploding in my garden …..

Angels Fishing Rods – Dierama

[one_half]Dietes in full bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Roses are looking their best[/one_half_last]




[one_half]Daisy flowers-not sure of name[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Carnations still blooming[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Babianas are so pretty![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Orange Babiana too![/one_half_last]

[one_half]White Gaura – still a favourite[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Oh, more Babiana behind the daisy[/one_half_last]

These roses are so soft and delicate – I call them Auntie Henna Roses.

[one_half]Last remaining Meadow flowers[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And the corn flowers[/one_half_last]




[one_half]Chrysanthemum in the Veggie patch[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Calendula, Chamomile and Iris here[/one_half_last]

[one_half]California poppy re-seeded[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tea Tree in bloom-so pretty![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Fuchsia in full bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hot Lips Salvia[/one_half_last]




About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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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.

11 replies on “End-Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day”

This is what I like most about GBBD, as gardens in the Northern hemisphere lay to rest, those in the Southern climes just awaken fresh. I love all the delicate blooms in soft colors in both gardens.

I don’t know where to start–it’s all so lovely! Springtime ending for you can only mean one thing–winter will soon be starting here. Grrrr…. But then, again, I can just hop on over through cyberspace to give you a visit. Thanks for sharing!

Chris, I love the colour and the best is the Star Jasmine climbing up the big tree. That is going to look and smell spectacular in time to come 🙂
Glad to see the chamomile is flowering – mine is everywhere!
But the most interesting is the Acanthus mollis – nicely photographed.

Thank for naming all the blooms. I can never remember the names of flowers/plants, and when they’re recommended in the newspaper gardening columns I can’t picture them. So thanks for educating me!

Wow! So pretty and interesting. Fell in love with the Babiana flowers… a new one to me.
Christine, your Acanthus mollis photos are captivating! Barbie, I also love that Dierama photo. Beautiful plants all. Thank you for sharing your spring with us!!

Christine – It really is amazing how fast the time is passing this year! I am in love with your acanthus. What a gorgeous flower! And I could almost smell the Star Jasmine! Although you missed some of your spring blooms, I bet your garden is a paradise to be in right now.

Barbie – Of course I love your roses, but I am most impressed with the Angels Fishing Rod. I’ve never heard of this plant, but how sweet it looks, and what a cute name! So many blooms – it’s so uplifting to see while we’re having frosts here!

Thanks Holley. I think the Dierama needs a post of its own. It was such a surprise the first time it flowered. An unknown to me but saw images on the web that got me interested.

I bought this without really knowing how lovely it was going to be. I bought 2 more this season – they sell out like wid fire! It is an indigenous plant and I think it just adds a touch of wow in the grass feature.

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