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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day washed out

I was heart broken when the weather turned nasty and the Cape storms hit our region with a force that went on and on. The ground is saturated and my garden looks like a huge pool. If we encounter another storm, then I’m afraid the ground cannot soak it away and the land will flood. It was near impossible to take part in the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th, but I have managed to get a few blooms today and wanted to share these.

But first you need to see what my garden looked like on the 15th!

[one_half]The whole stone paving was flooded[/one_half]

[one_half_last]It looks like a pond in my backyard[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My veggie patch is totally flooded[/one_half]

[one_half_last]It  looks swamped and waterlogged[/one_half_last]

The blooms that managed to survive the storms ….. was in the meadow …..



[one_half]The first Fuchsia bloom!![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Daisy blooms in the meadow now showing[/one_half_last]





[one_half]New bed with Chasmanthe the tall flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bulbs with new shoots and carnations[/one_half_last]

I am so looking forward to spring – but I think the cold will still be with us for awhile. With snow on the mountains nearby, it will be a cold August!

So nice to follow all the GBBD posts to get me motivated.

Happy Gardening xxxx

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.

20 replies on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day washed out”

oh dear I do feel for you. We arent strangers to flooding here but so far this year we have escaped despite the amount of rain we have had. I always find blogs from the other side of the world helpful in the grey and cold winter

Nature is resilient, and beautiful, as your post shows. All will be well. Maybe not how we want it but you and your garden will come out fine. The very hot weather that we have lived with this summer is gone. More seasonable weather. My favorite time of year–late summer and autumn for us.

Oh Barbie your winter looks like my spring with waterlogged flowers…I have had to plant for floods so I don’t lose the plants every year…how amazing those winter blooms in your meadow…so envious! Hoping the water leaves you and finds us!

Yup – I have to look at it with patient eyes. I know the water is welcome because the clay soil gets so hard in summer. It needs to stock up on the water! 🙂

No – the raised beds are in good shape. May be building a few more for the season.

My gosh you get flooded, I was sad to see the vegetable patch. I never realized you got weather like this. Well, next month will be better, right?

Oh yes! That’s what I’m faced with and Philadelphia lies in a gully, so all the water accumulates. I must consider the drainage pipe for thaback garden. I think we have a french drain near the fruit trees, so this helps. Yes – when the sun shines and the clouds disperse, it looks as if there was never a cloud burst! 🙂

‘the old people’ tell me Porterville used to be a vlei. And 2 owners back, when there was still leiwater, our garden was used to grow rice. When you drive into town you see that Porterville lies in a dip, and we are in the dip of the dip! Spaanseriet and weaver birds ;~)

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