The Festive Season has passed and the New Year resolutions are still top of mind. The summer has deepened and the blooms are inviting the butterflies and the bees for a friendly visit. The wind this time of year is unusual and the hot, searing air makes all the flowers and plants thirsty. The heat of the summer is upon us so stay cool this Bloom Day!

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

I know that our Northern friends can only wish for this summer heat! Out our way, the air is so dry and the grasses are a soft caramel colour. The clay ground is as hard as cement so no big planting projects are planned. The plants are so thirsty and I have to water almost twice a day. I have more blooms than I expected. Here is what my lovely garden is putting up for show!

My front garden

My roses are still beautiful

Lemon verbena is still a favourite

The Leopard Tree in gorgeous this time of year – in bloom and lush green.

Hot Lips Salvia – a never-failing favourite!!

The Veggie Patch

Black Beauty Eggplant

Squash flower

Fennel attracts beneficial bugs

Chive flowers

Chilli pepper

Calendula – a health-giving flower, but still need to find a use for it

Violas all over the veggie patch

Oreganum flower – my first I’ve ever seen

My Back Garden

I bought this sweet flowering plant one day – and I don’t have a clue what it is called!

A Gaura in your garden is a must – such a lovely plant with whirling butterfly flowers

Potato bush is more like a tree!

Fleabain – still a lovely ground cover

Tansy attracts all the bees!

I don’t know why I forget this flower!

Irises still blooming – amazing!!!

So pretty – my favourite of all!!!

Dietes Grandiflora – finally a bloom!

Mexican Petuna – also a new bloom!

The Thyme is flowering – so sweet!

Viola is everywhere! Helpful ground cover

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 January 2013

In the last eighteen months I spent so much time planting wonderful foliage plants – and I really have lovely foliage – but sadly, not enough blooms! For this Bloom Day I don’t have much to show, but Barbie’s Garden sure makes up for it :)

Here are some of my favourite blooms …

The Gloriosa LilyThe Gloriosa Lily

Pentas loved by butterfliesPentas loved by butterflies

These flower reliably for meThese flower reliably for me

Bower vine mixing inBower vine mixing in

I love the pink Gaura tooI love the pink Gaura too

Russian Sage with DietesRussian Sage with Dietes

Calibrachoa as ground coverCalibrachoa as ground cover

Mexican Petubias are back!Mexican Petubias are back!

Blooming but past their primeBlooming but past their prime

Four leaf clover has flowers :) Four leaf clover has flowers :)

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