When the heat ebbs and the lazy afternoons have been replaced with plans to re-do the beds, then you know that summer is going to be replaced real soon. February has always been the best month of summer, but it looks like this summer was really short!

Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in February 2013

I am really keen to yank out all my used and dead foliage and get my beds ready for the winter garden. I have very few colourful blooms and hardly anything new to show you. There are still the roses and salvia that keep up a great show! I love the Gaura this year, reseeding itself and the small Violas have been a great help in keeping the veggie patch cool this summer.

Happy Valentine’s Day – My garden gives you a Heart – what a surprize – from my Yarrow!

This is something new-Soapwort

Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)

Gaura self-seeded itself! Looks pretty here

The last of the Fuchsia

Still a lovely flower to photograph – it has been scorched this summer – shame!

My Aunty Henna rose did well this summer

My calibrachoa et al in the wheelbarrow

My salvia – white and hotlips

Salvia hotlips loved the summer heat

Roses are still blooming – these are steadfast and reliable

Love the Peppadew plant-looks like red flowers

Back side of the salvia, roses and fuchsia

Squash flower

Cucumber flower

Oreganum in flower

Another Oreganum in the raised bed

Pretty Violas

Small daisy heads of the Fleabain

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

Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in February 2013

I’ve unfortunately neglected my garden over the last few weeks and was both happy and dismayed when I took a walk through yesterday to take a few photos for this post. I used to be able to ignore the garden and not much would change … but now as my garden is maturing the growth this summer has been nothing short of amazing. Gone are the bare patches and walls, to be covered with … well, lots and lots of growth. Some pretty and some not so pretty. Lots of work to cut back, control and clean up. There’s not much to show off but here are some of the flowers gracing my garden right now …

The lovely Iceberg Rose still bloomingThe lovely Iceberg Rose still blooming

Cute Marigolds are taking overCute Marigolds are taking over

This has grown HUGE this year!This has grown HUGE this year!

I have masses of these too this yearI have masses of these too this year

An unknown volunteer – only oneAn unknown volunteer - only one

There’s a pot under there somewhereThere's a pot under there somewhere

The lovely LavenderThe lovely Lavender

Dietes bicolor (Peacock flower)Dietes bicolor (Peacock flower)

Cordyline and AlyssumCordyline and Alyssum

I love the colour contrast hereI love the colour contrast here

Oxalis (four-leaf clover)Oxalis (four leaf clover)

Love the Salvia and grassesLove the Salvia and grasses

Covering some copper pipesCovering some copper pipes

Brinjal Black Beauty flowerBrinjal Black Beauty flower

Brinjal Black Beauty yummy!Brinjal Black Beauty yummy!

Love all the grassesLove all the grasses

These look beautiful this yearThese look beautiful this year

The Salvia are gorgeousThe Salvia are gorgeous

Oops! signs of neglectOops! signs of neglect

Its more beautiful in reality …Its more beautiful in reality ...

Did I mention I love these?Did I mention I love my grasses?

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