It’s the coldest winter we’ve had in the Western Cape here in South Africa for as long as we can remember. There’s snow on the mountains nearby and everybody is talking about how cold it is. The promised storms we were warned about passed us by and hit further inland with snow falling in places in South Africa where it has never snowed before. Around here we had a lot of rain, fairly strong wind but not much else to get excited about. Gardening between downpours has started again in earnest as we prepare for spring and look forward to sunny skies once again.

There’s not a lot blooming in either of our gardens right now but lets see what we can show on this very cold winter’s Bloom Day.

Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in July 2012

I’m really surprised at how many blooms I was able to find for this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Some of my plants seem to think it’s nearly spring and while there are no mass displays of beautiful flowers, it seems at least one of each has decided to excite me with a few blooms to show me whats coming in the next month or two. A single Iris, of all the ones I have planted has a single massive stalk with four stunning blooms! I can’t wait for the rest to wake up and start to flower. And the Tulips (that I vowed not to plant again) are starting to open … and now I’m so glad I planted them again. They really are a joy to behold.

Can you believe this Iris?Can you believe this Iris?

A low growing CamelliaA low growing Camellia

The gorgeous TulipsThe gorgeous Tulips

A new addition; Nemesia Nesia whiteA new addition; Nemesia Nesia white

A pretty pink CamelliaA pretty pink Camellia

Strobilanthes and ImpatiensStrobilanthes and Impatiens

No bloom, but beautiful colourNo bloom, but beautiful colour

The stunning early IrisThe stunning early Iris

Some early flowering AzaleasSome early flowering Azaleas

A perfect Tulip bloomA perfect Tulip bloom

One of many new blooms; OsteopermumOne of many new blooms; Osteopermum

Last of the roses – pre-pruningLast of the roses - pre-pruning

This Clivia alawys blooms firstThis Clivia alawys blooms first

New Tibouchina looks good hereNew Tibouchina looks good here

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

I have been stung by the flower bug this week because I went nursery shopping to bring some colour to my garden for Bloom Day (yes, I have to admit this!) I have two empty beds that needed “dressing” so with no further ado, here are the new additions as well as what is really blooming in my garden!

Brachycombe-purple daisy

Arctotis-On Fire

Argyranthemum – Daisy Bush – this grows to 15cm in height so it makes a lovely border flower

New addition-Chasmanthe

Marigolds for the veggie paych

New Lobelia bushes

Carnations will be new to my garden

My little wonder meadow – with tons of different flowers

Lamiums everywhere-is name correct?

Phlox in all sorts of colours

Marigolds and Phlox

Lots of Alyssums in the meadow

Gentle blooms – look like buttercups

Hey – these are new!

The Cleomes still shine bright over the meadow

Some interesting “weeds”

These little daisies are all over the fields

The front garden needed some colour, so I added Decorative Kale to the bucket trio – my hubby’s choice for the garden! I love it when he gets involved!

The last rose of winter

Fuchsias are about to bloom

Deadly Night Shade still in my garden

Violas a feature in my veggie patch

The heirloom Broad Bean flower – exquisite!

Marigolds and Violas live in the veggie patch

Gerbera and Alyssums


The Azaleas are blooming!

I still think the meadow wins!

Blooms and blooms and blooms!

Even though the weather is cold and wet and miserable, the garden still offers delightful blossoms and blooms.

Happy Bloom Day!

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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