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Pre-Spring in two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in August

Winter is coming to an end (Yipee!), the birds are chirping, the plants are waking up from their rest period and we have buds and flowers galore! It’s been a very mild winter here in the Cape and we expect it still to rain during August and September (we are hoping) and winter is by no means completely over, but we can smell and feel spring in the air which gives us reason to celebrate!

Thank you for joining us for our August “Bloom Parade” …

Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in August 2011

Just like Christine, I am so looking forward to spring. I have recreated my garden these past winter months and with more things to plant and lots of seeds to sow, I will have a thriving garden bursting with new blooms and birds. Most of my flowers are still buds but I do know that they also can’t wait for spring!! Enjoy your Bloom Day xxx

[one_half]My new Lavender Raspberry Ruffles[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Very pretty Lavender Lace[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Blueberry blossoms[/one_half]

[one_half_last]More blueberry flowers[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Peach blossom buds[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Pineapple sage – so delicate[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Fuschias still in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]More Fuschias[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Flowering onion[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Another onion flower – first for me![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Rosemary bush in full bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]One of my gardening friends in the rosemary[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Jasmine about to bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Violas still going strong[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Coriander flowers[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bulbine flower[/one_half_last]

Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in August 2011

I’m excited about the arrival of Spring and the promise of a garden filled with lovely plants and flowers. My favourite pre-spring discovery this week was the first blooms on the Hymenosporum flavum (Australian frangipani). This is a very tall tree in my front garden that is usually covered in yellow frangipani-like blossoms throughout spring which the birds love. I realised there were blooms at the very top of the tree when I heard the birds jumping around in it and took out my zoom lens to see them – and there at the very top of the tree were the first blooms and my first sunbird of the season! (see my last photo). I’ll get better photos of the birds and the blooms when the tree gets covered all over in its delightfully fragrant blossoms in the next few weeks.

Here is my pre-Spring bloom day show in anticipation of things to come.

[one_half]Gaura lindheimerii – PinkGaura lindheimerii - Pink[/one_half]


[one_half]The first DaffodilThe first Daffodil[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Dietes GrandifloraDietes Grandiflora[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Viburnum tinus “Lucidum”Viburnum tinus "Lucidum"[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sweet Alyssum and friendSweet Alyssum and friend[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]More AzaleasMore Azaleas[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Another TulipAnother Tulip[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]More Sweet AlyssumMore Sweet Alyssum[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Camellias are still bloomingCamellias are still blooming[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I’m loving the HelleboresI'm loving the Hellebores[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Hymenosporum flavum (Australian frangipani)Hymenosporum sp. (Australian frangipani)[/one_half_last]

About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Join Carol and friends over at May Dreams Gardens to see what other gardeners around the world have blooming in on August Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and check out the German version at Seepferds Garten for Blogger Blüten im August! And if you haven’t joined yet and have some blooms you’d like to show off, please join in the fun of showcasing your blooms! We’d love to see what YOU have blooming in your garden right now!

Thank you for joining us!

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Happy Gardening!

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 …

32 replies on “Pre-Spring in two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in August”

What gorgeous blooms in both gardens! It is fun to see the contrast. Was that a parakeet in the photo? I can’t get over that they’re all over the place in some parts!

Early spring looks gorgeous in your garden. I always enjoy reading your blog because of the opposite seasons. I was just thinking sadly about fall coming and leaves turning.

Oh yes – at one stage we had 18 given to us in various stages of growth. We now only can see 4 permanent ones in my Potato Tree and the Rosemary bush.

Oh there are some beauties here – I especially love that Dietes grandiflora flower – it’s a plant I know nothing about but it resembles a Japanese iris and it has such lovely colours to its petals.

I love it that it is nearly spring for you when it is nearly autumn for me! Somehow it makes autumn and winter seem less important when I can share in your lovely flowers when mine are thinking of hibernating. Christina

It´allways so nice to see your blooms. Spring is such a wonderful season. I´m a bit jealous that Camelias and Frangipani grow in your garden, in Berlin it´s to cold for them…

I’m so happy for you that spring will be here soon for you… I’m already dreading winter, so I’ll have to view your site for GBBD in the months to come!

It was so refreshing to see your beautiful pre-spring blooms, as we have been enduring some sweltering weather here in central CA. You grow so many of the same plants that i have in my garden. In fact the photo of your dietes looks just like the one I almost posted on my Bloom Day blog!

Spring seems so long ago now, it’s fun to see spring arriving elsewhere, especially the blueberry blooms! I’m curious, in Christine’s garden, who is the lovely handsome emerald-green fellow visiting the Frangipani?

This is a new blueberry bush so I am looking very carefully at her progress his season. All very exciting!

So lovely, to see spring starting all over again, just when we’re starting to wrap things up here in the north! Both gardens have some real beauties. Happy GBBD.

lovely blooms! i especially love barbie’s lavender, fuschia, and rosemary and christine’s azaleas and camellias. thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms! happy GBBD!


Hi Paul – we are both in Cape Town, I am just 30 minutes outside of the CBD – in the rural area. Barbie

Loved seeing the beautiful photos of gardens so far away from here and with their season just starting. Love Guara, it is such a great garden performer though not quite hardy here, and the lavenders are divine! Can’t wait to see what comes next…

Both of you have beautiful blooms this GBBD. Barbie–I like the onion flowers and blueberry blossoms. My blueberry flowers have only ever been solid white. I think the shades of reddish purple are so pretty. And Christine, it looks like you’re going to have an amazing spring garden with all the lovely blooms that have developed so far. Happy GBBD!

Pre-spring is lovely in both your gardens!

Pre-spring where I live is cold and snowy. It must be wonderful having so much color and so many blooms so early in your season.

Both gardens are bursting with color and very interesting blooms. I always see flowers here I either never saw before, or those I can only see in a florist shop. Always a pleasure dropping in to the Two Gardens.

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