The simmering heat of Summer should be behind us on this our 13th combined post for March’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Instead we are battling temperatures in the high 30′s this week – 39° today again and not even a hint of a breeze! We are both looking for that zing again that has us babbling on about our gardens. The heat has taken its toll, but with the resilience we have seen, it is all about lessons learnt and knowledge gained.

Here’s whats blooming in Christine’s Garden in March 2012

Its supposed to be Autumn in Cape Town … but today was another of those days that was so hot it was impossible to do much other than wish for cooler weather! I worry about some of the plants when it gets this hot. Some absolutely love the heat (the thatching reed seems to grow inches every day) whilst others hang their pretty heads from heat exhaustion. I’m itching to get back into the garden so I hope that cooler weather is on its way. Here is what is flowering in my garden right now …

Lots of Gaura in bloom nowLots of Gaura in bloom now

The new, cute daisies I plantedThe new, cute daisies I planted

The first Japanese Anemone openedThe first Japanese Anemone opened

Calibrachoa going strongCalibrachoa going strong

The lovely blue HydrangeaThe lovely blue Hydrangea

And the bright pink oneAnd the bright pink one

My favourite – the Mexican PetuniaMy favourite - the Mexican Petunia

And the regular PetuniaAnd the regular Petunia

Patio rose in red …Patio rose in red ...

and one in pinkand one in pink

Abutilon is still in bloomAbutilon is still in bloom

Hibiscus attracts the birdsHibiscus attracts the birds

I like this very blue LobeliaI like this very blue Lobelia

My roses are doing greatMy roses are doing great

I’m trying something new …I'm trying something new ...

Dahlias are floweringDahlias are flowering

A promise of things to comeA promise of things to come

I really love these I really love these

More Icebergs showing offMore Icebergs showing off

Heliotropium ends the showHeliotropium ends the show

That’s all from me … let’s see what’s flowering in Barbie’s Garden!

Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in March 2012

It might not be my best show, but at least there is still a bit of colour. However, the same flowers are on show, so this is my cue to start planning my garden and be a bit more adventurous with creepers and ground covers and salvias and flowering herbs and fruit trees with beautiful blossoms. Most of my herbs are going to flower so….A fresh new face is needed!!

Tansy – a great insect repellant

Sweet Basil gone to flower

Spearmint in flower

The last of the sunflowers

Chives in flower

The last of the Cosmos

The Alyssum in the grass patch looking nice

Calibrachoa has lost its Vooma

Still love my Salvia Hot Lips!

The Awakening of the pink Guara

Cleome never stops flowering

My Coral Nymph salvia survived the heat

Pineapple sage flowering

A small self-seeded borage plant in bloom

Roses are not at their best, I’m afraid

Comfrey-a great plant and a delicate bloom


About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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