It’s really fun to think about this – Right now, around the world, there are about two hundred gardeners busy posting photographs of the flowers in their gardens to share with others for the monthly Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – the “online gardening event of the month”, the day to show off what you have blooming in your garden!

So its mid winter here in Sunny South Africa and in the two gardens, and what do we have to show? Regrettably not a lot – certainly not as much as Diana of Elephant’s Eye who’s lovely garden in Porterville is a profusion of colour right now. Interesting how the different areas and gardening styles all in relatively close proximity differ so greatly. Without further ado, here are our mid-winter offerings.

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

There are hundreds of Camellias and Azaleas blooming in my winter garden and it’s full of pinks in various shades, from bright to pale and everything in between. After a month of rain (in June) and the lovely sunny days we’ve had for the last two weeks there is plenty of growth and everything is turning lush and green. Bulbs are popping up all over and I am excited about Spring … not that long to go now.

Hundreds of Camellia bloomsI have hundreds of Camellia blooms

Almost as many AzaleasAlmost as many Azaleas

Icebergs are in flowerIcebergs are in flower

The Potato Bush (Solanum)Potato Bush (Solanum)

Japanese CliviaJapanese Clivia

Clivia x cyrtanthiflora*Clivia x cyrtanthiflora*

Mandevillas flower 365/365 hereMandevillas flowering all year long

Photographer’s helper looking for bloomsPhotographers helper looking for blooms

*Clivia × cyrtanthiflora is the  name given to hybrids between Clivia miniata and Clivia nobilis with narrow pendent flowers. (Just in case you were interested).

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 July 2011

This is a green month in my area! The farm fields that surround the village are lush and the labours of the local farmers are producing ankle-high shoots! Soon, this will be covered in yellow canola! I love the country!! My front garden is also lush and green and the thirsty ground is enjoying the rains and warm sunny days. I have little in the way of blooms, but I did see some interesting new-comers! The Bulbinella, given to me in an old pot, was transplanted and is now showing signs of life. My month by month reliables – lavender and violas – are always a pleasure. The Nasturtiums have taken over the empty veggie patch, but this is expected and actually I enjoy them. The Fuschias are so pretty now and love the space given to them that the roses usually take over. They always remind me of candy drops. The Blueberry bush is coming to life – it is so neglected in the corner – I really need to give it more love. Christine, my bulbs are growing. I put them in the empty raised bed you gave me so this will be a beautiful show come spring. I have a strange looking onion that is going to flower – I have never seen this so I am curious as to what it is!

Like you, I can’t wait for spring – my favourite time of year! But I do love the lushness of July here in the country!

Happy Blooming Day to all! xxx

Good ol’ lavender still blooming

Nasturtiums going wild

Something new here! Bulbinella

Fuschias in full bloom! Pretty, hey?

Like candy drops!

My blueberry bush has buds!

My bulbs are sprouting!

I think this is Sparaxis

Gentle coriander blooms

Have you ever seen an onion flower?

My pretty violas

Pansy or viola? I’m not sure

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 July and then pop over to ‘Garten Blogger Blüten im Juli‘ over at Seepferds Garten for the German version of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! 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!

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