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Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Spring has finally arrived here in the Western Cape, South Africa. As if Mother Nature flipped a switch, the days are warm and the sun is melting the snow of the far mountain pecks. The gardens are excited to get going and we can feel the rush of spring.

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! ” – Sitting Bull

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

It’s wonderful to be able to walk around outside again, barefoot and warmed by the suns rays and admiring the plants as they wake up from their rest. Every day brings new surprises like the tiny first blooms of the Ipheon, the Azaleas loud statement in bright pink and the more subtle blooms of the many white flowers I have all over the garden. And I’m happy as a lark being able to rush off to nurseries to see whats new in store. Happy Days!

[one_half]All the pretty Hellebores are this colourAll the pretty Hellebores are this colour[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The pretty little daisies are floweringThe pretty little daisies are flowering[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Solanum jasminoides is flowering againSolanum jasminoides is flowering again[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Viburnum tinus is heavy with flowersViburnum tinus is heavy with flowers[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Strelitzia reginae is newStrelitzia reginae is new[/one_third]

[one_third]Buds on Dutch IrisesBuds on Dutch Irises[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Pretty white DelphiniumsPretty white Delphiniums[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Jasmine is in full flowerJasmine is in full flower[/one_third]

[one_third]Pretty purple flowersPretty purple flowers[/one_third]

[one_third_last]And pretty white onesAnd pretty white ones[/one_third_last]

[one_half]Clivia In all my deep shade corners …In all my deep shade corners ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And Osteopermum in the sunAnd Osteopermum in the sun[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Azaleas in light pinks and whites …Azaleas in light pinks and white ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And in bright pink (or is it cerise?)And in bright pink (or cerise?)[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Impatiens are still floweringImpatiens are still flowering [/one_half]

[one_half_last]The sweet Dietes bicolor hereThe sweet Dietes bicolor[/one_half_last]

[one_half]I’m loving the gorgeous SalviaI'm loving the gorgeous Salvia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And tiny flowers on the StrobilanthesAnd tiny flowers on the Strobilanthes[/one_half_last]

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 September 2012

This is my favourite time of the year! The fields are teeming with wild flowers and the farm fields are bright with Canola yellow! But the best part is that my little garden has finally woken from its deep sleep. The thrill of new sprouts and shoots and blossoms …. there are old bulbs that have come up again and looking as fresh as ever!! Buffy will guide you through the garden…

[one_half]Ixias are back![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barrow full of Sparaxis[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A pretty bloom in the Grass patch[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Alyssum a great pal in the garden[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Love my raised bed[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Nasturtiums a common site now[one_half_last][/one_half_last]

[one_half]Jasmine is about to burst![/one_half]

[one_half_last]My lemon tree is looking its best[/one_half_last]




[one_half]The meadow coming to an end[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Blueberry flowers – so delicate[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Such Bold colours![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Love the Sparaxis[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Raspberry Lavender[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Fleabane flowers – a ground cover[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Azaleas – keeps blooming![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Wild daisy flower[/one_half_last]




There is so much colour – I am surprised! I was never a big flower gardener, and now I am loving all the bright blooms! Guess we all evolve.

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 September and then pop over to ‘Garten Blogger Blüten‘ 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!

Thank you for joining us!

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Happy gardening xxx

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 “Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day”

Oh, I’m envious of both gardens! Our poor South Carolina gardens are looking very tired. Thank goodness for Japanese anemones and lantana,or my garden would be almost bare! Love hellebores–that is such a gorgeous coloration! And yesterday, as I was working on the fall veggie garden, three of our younger feathered girls decided to join me. It’s so much fun, watching them forage in the forest–but not as much fun chasing them out of the neighbor’s yard! My daughter competed in her first “chicken show” this weekend and was very proud of her blue ribbons. Who knew that this suburban mom would be trekking around to chicken shows?! Thank you for sharing your lovely blooms! Happy GBBD to you!

Hi Julie – oh wow! Congrats! I wish we had chicken shows here. I love having my “girls” helping me. They are so comical. Buffy (in the photo) is my favourite and she rules the roost.

Christine – Your blooms are gorgeous! I especially like that hellebore, and that light pink azalea. What a delicate and beautiful color. And I wish I could smell that lovely jasmine. I am starting to add more whites to my garden, mostly due to your influence!

Barbie – Enjoyed Buffy’s tour! I love that lavender, and the meadow shot. And the white azalea! I wouldn’t have recognized the blueberry bloom if you hadn’t identified it. My blueberry bushes are not happy. I’m going to have to move them – somewhere!

Thanks Diana – I knew it was something I have seen before. It’s part of my meadow, and it will be coming out this weekend. Always good to have a guiding hand. 🙂

Well you both have amazing blooms. I am always stunned at how much is blooming in spring for you as many of these don’t come into bloom here until late spring or summer…it reminds me of the fleeting blooms here this spring and summer. My garden is almost done due to drought so I will live vicariously through both your gardens.

So many lovely blooms in your Spring gardens.

Christine, the white Viburnum and Delphiniums caught my eye. I loved the white Impatiens and the Dietes too. Gorgeous Daisies and Azaleas as well. It seems we have a couple of blooms in common at this time of year. My Dietes are in bloom, as are the Osteospermum and Salvias.

Barbie, I loved the barrow full of Sparaxis and those wild Daisies. That stunning white Azalea also caught my eye. There is such a lot of lovely colour in your garden right now.

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