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My Summer garden update

The last few days it has been a whole lot cooler here in Cape Town which means I felt more inclined to walk around and see what the heat of the previous weeks has done to my garden and plants …

Angelonia is a hard-working little flowering plant that seems to thrive in the heat of the sun…Angelonia is flowering

[one_half]In the “Gardenia bed”In the "Gardenia bed"[/one_half]

[one_half_last]there is plenty of lush growthLots of lush growth[/one_half_last]

[one_half]In the “Rose Bed” …In the "Rose Bed"...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]water for my birdsWater for the birds[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Lots of pretty in the back gardenLots of pretty in the back[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Grasses that I love in the AlleyGrasses that I love[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Colour courtesy of some “Supertunias”.
Colour courtesy of some "Supertunias".[/one_half]

[one_half_last]and abandoned doggie toysand abandoned doggie toys[/one_half_last]

At times like this I am particularly grateful for the big trees in my garden that cast so much shade. My plants have not suffered the way Barbie’s garden has suffered in the heat. If anything, growth is lush and everything that has not been attacked by pests is looking green and great. There have been more than usual bugs and ‘pestie’ things around – but such is life and nature and we try to tolerate them all here in my garden, even when I shed tears about destroyed plants.

Seems there is still lots to look forward to this summer!

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no β€œfull sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

21 replies on “My Summer garden update”

Looking just beautiful my friend! A bit envious of the lushness πŸ™‚
I am also thankful for the cooler weather this weekend and used the time to clean up!
Post to follow!
By the way – the conifer didn’t make it πŸ™

Your bench is so welcoming. Your garden looks as though it has fared well through your summer. You have a great eye for design and plant combinations…very pretty!

I love how your garden is looking. It is just beautiful. Lush is a great word to describe it. I was saddened to see Barbie’s garden suffering in the heat. You are lucky your garden is doing so well.

Your garden looks wonderful…so neat and weed free. I too am a huge fan of angelonia…though they don’t stay small here. I use them as my fill in annual.

Its funny, I’ve visited Capetown twice… granted, I think once in May and the othertime in June, so its mind boggling to me that it ever is HOT there. It was so…. dry and temperate!

Hi Jess! May and June in Cape Town are by far the worst months here, with July. It can get quite depressing if it rains for weeks on end. But it usually only last a few weeks and the other 9 months are glorious!

πŸ™‚ bugs and pestle post to follow soon!

I don’t use that bench much, we tend to sit out back on the comfier couches on the terrace. Hmmm, we should use that bench more, the views are quite nice from that position. Will show them one of these days.

Hi Christine – Up till now I thought of your garden as a work in progress like mine. However, viewing these lovely photos it looks like Job Done to me.

Bag, I promise my garden is a huge work in progress. I only showed the best parts in this post to get myself out the ‘gardening is tough’ doldrums I’ve been in. This is a best of show post – what you are not seeing is the heat burnt lawn and partly bare beds that need lots of work πŸ™‚

I discovered Angelonia a few summers back. Where was it hiding all these years? It is one of my maninstays and always perky and fun…even in hot weather.
Your garden looks perfect.

Oh Wow! Thank you for the compliment! I don’t know about beautiful, but we are slowly getting there πŸ™‚

Yes I added the pebbles and strangely, there are more birds in the bath now than before, but that could just be because of the heat we are having at the moment. But definately they don’t mind the pebbles.

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