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Two Gardens in April for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Our second combined post specially for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, here’s whats happening in our Autumn Gardens. We hope you enjoy our “April blooms” and then join Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what she and other gardeners around the world have blooming today – the Spring Gardens in the Northern Hemisphere are looking stunning so please go and take a look! And then also take a look at ‘Garten Blogger Blüten im April‘ over at Seepferds Garten – A stunning garden in Berlin, Germany, who hosts the German version of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Then join us all by showing whats flowering in your garden – we’d love to see.

Come on SA Gardeners, there are so few South African Gardens on display at Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and we want to see more! (If you want see another beautiful South African Autumn Garden, visit Diana’s garden at Elephant’s Eye. Its looking spectacular in Porterville).

What’s Blooming in Christine’s Garden in April, 2011

Well and truly into Autumn, there is little to show you that you haven’t already seen. Camellias are in full bloom and looking quite lovely and the Mona Lavender are still providing plenty of interest with their understated little purple flowers. Autumn it may be but my garden is all pink, white and violet … very pretty, and I’m working hard at preparing my Spring Garden, deciding when and where to plant which bulbs, getting everything ready and prepared, its lots of fun! For today, here are my most show-worthy Blooms (Tibouchina is my favourite flower right now. Does anyone else have one of these?)

[one_half]My newest favourite … TibouchinaTibouchina[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The new Iceberg RosesIceberg Rose[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Lovely CamelliasPink Camellias[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Japanese Anemone (Wind flower)Japanese Anemone[/one_half_last]

[one_half]and a cute little bush violetBarleria obtusa 'blue' - Bush Voilet[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Mandevilla SplenensMandevilla Splenens White[/one_half_last]

That’s all from me today, lets check out whats happening in Barbie’s Garden…

What’s Blooming in Barbie’s Garden in April, 2011

I am quite amazed at all the beautiful blooms in Christine’s Garden. I have to say that my display is not so bold and colourful. Subdued and tame, my garden is starting to see the effects of autumn. The only real new flowers that are blooming are my indiginous proteas. But my never-failing lavender and my sweet-smetting roses are always ensuring that my vases in the home stay full :-)! The Lemon Verbena has the most delicate blooms and I had to add this small bush because she is trying so very hard. I have a few new-comers that seem to have stayed – the small violas. I do hope you enjoy what I can offer and I am looking forward to seeing all the spring gardens up there in the Northern Hemisphere! Happy Blooming Friday!!





[one_half]Lemon Verbena[/one_half]

[one_half_last]More Lemon Verbena[/one_half_last]

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

28 replies on “Two Gardens in April for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day”

I love the blue Tibouchina, although ours here have bigger blooms your white rose and the camellia are so beautiful! Both gardens have such lovely blooms!

Hi, a friend bought me anouther 2 Toibouchinas – he says I must always plant three of a plant to get the full effect, so I’m excited to have more. I’ll do a post with photos once I get them all into the ground.

Oh, you guys are so organized. Well, one day Ms. Country Mouse and I will also do a joint post. When we’re retired…

It is so much fun to see the blooms from both or your gardens! I love the protea, always admire them when I go to the botanical garden. Happy bloom day!

My mother loves Japanese anemones, and it was only when we went to look at that garden at Rustenberg – where I saw a spectacular sweeping border with an abundance of anemones, that I could see what she loved.

I must trawl my pre-blogging photos and do a retrospective on Duncan’s roses and Rustenberg ;~)) Thanks for the inspiration!

Two beautiful perspectives! I do hope you can find the feather grass, it is one of my favorites and it reseeds so you’ll have lots of volunteers to spread around the garden! Have a wonderful weekend!

You both have so many lovely flowers! I love tibouchina too, it just finished blooming… The roses are lovely, and so is the lavender. Thanks for the virtual tour!

Hi Muhammad, thanks for the visit! The Mandevilla is actually not very fragrant at all, but it makes up for that in that it seems to flower non stop. It’s been flowering continuously for the last seven months and doesn’t look set to stop with plenty new buds. It lives in a very sunny spot.

I love how you two teamed up to post. How cool is that? Great bloomers all. It’s so weird for me to realize you’re facing fall, while we’re barely in the middle of spring. Happy Bloom Day!~~Dee

I love the Japanese Anenome too, though it is slightly disconcerting seeing an Autumn flowering plant blooming in what is our Spring! The joys of the Internet. I also love Tibouchina, my Dad manages to grow it in his Devon garden, but I have no chance with it. Gotta say though, my absolute favourite is the Protea. I was lucky enough to see them at Kirstenbosch years ago, and fell in love with them. Happy GBBD!

Ah Janet, so you know our lovely Kirstenbosch Gardens! I live about five minutes from there! I am planning a vist to “show” it on the blog, just waiting for a good day!

Hi Amy – Of all the flowers I have in my garden, the Japanese Anemone is my daughters favourite too – You both have great taste :). I also have a newly acquired pink one. Cant’s wait to plant it this weekend.

Thank you for dropping by my blog, Christine. I love the color of the Tibouchina and the Iceberg Rose is so delicate and beautiful!

Liebe Christine,
sehr schöne Fotos und danke für deine Teilnahme am GBBT!
Seeing your Anemone is reminding me, you have autumn now!
Greetings from Berlin

Hi Carolyn, sorry, I don’t know the name of this rose. but it is very fragrant and has an almost waxy leaf. It blooms continuously.

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