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Autumn colours

I was inspired today!! I looked out of my window this morning and the recent fresh rains brought out such beautiful Autumn colours! So I took my camera and explored the wet garden. I found the most interesting perspectives and saw my garden in a different light! Lots of colour that I thought I had lost…


[one_half]Lupins in a plant pot[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Minty green and edible too[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My basket makes for a pretty picture[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ipomoea brings great colour to the garden[/one_half_last]

Sweet yarrow flowers are a favourite of mine.

[one_half]Garden gnomes are all around[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Artemesia also a big favourite[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The new chickens are quite at home[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The guavas – a winter fruit[/one_half_last]

The gorgeous Ice Cream bush – love the changing colours

Euphorbia – delicate and wintery looking

These are a new addition – not sure, but I think it is feverfew!

[one_half]The ground well-mulched[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Lemon tree is bursting![/one_half_last]

[one_half]A fig leaf in full autumn colours[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I love this foliage-forget the name[/one_half_last]

Fallen leaves are everywhere!

The black pod on the Leopard Tree!

[one_half]Peach tree[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Quince tree[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Blueberry bush[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Pruned and ready for winter-Gaura[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Roses are looking beautiful[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Full bloom and smells just great![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Leopard Tree bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Flowers in the wheelbarrow[/one_half_last]

The Artemesia – Powis Castle is a huge mass – I love it!

[one_half]My Grass Feature still interesting[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My dry river bed has amazing character[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The birdbath[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bucket of weeds-very interesting[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Grasses still beautiful[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Love the colour of this grass[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Salvia Hot Lips are a talking point[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Easy growing and always flowering[/one_half_last]

I hope you enjoyed the wander around the garden as much as I have!

Not going to do much gardening…… but I am going to enjoy the new perspective!

Happy Gardening xxxxx


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The Colour of Autumn

If you look past the mess and obvious work that needs to be done you will find little spots of colour and beauty in my Autumn garden. But, you reee-ally need to look past a lot of debris and fallen leaves to see it. If you love the look of fallen leaves and fading blooms, then you don’t have to look too hard to marvel at the changes that are happening in my garden. And if you go outside at the right time of day … you know, that special time when the sun catches the foliage at that splendid angle … well then you will see lots of beauty and colour in my very messy autumn garden!

Evergreens keep looking good

Lets see what beauty we can find in the foliage and combinations …

[one_half]Carex, H. petiolare & P. RubrumCarex, Helichrysum petiolare & Rubrum[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Pink Camellia has fallen into Dusty MillerPink Camellia bloom dropped into Dusty Miller[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pandorea, Lavender and Gaura stemsfoliPandorea, Lavender and Gaura stems[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Helichrysum petiolare with Pennisetum rubrumHelichrysum petiolare with Pennisetum rubrum[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Dropped Camellias and dried leaves …Dropped Camellias and dried leaves ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Prairie fire and Ipomoea batatasPrairie fire and Ipomoea batatas[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Miscanthus sinesis “Variegatum”Miscanthus sinesis "Variegatum"[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Evergreen combinations that workEvergreen combinations that work[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Carex evergold and Duranta Sheenas GoldCarex evergold and Duranta Sheenas Gold[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' Pink Butterfly Bush[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Lavender & foliage for Autumn flowersLavender & foliage for Autumn flowers[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Strobilanthes and a single Crocosmia bloomStrobilanthes and a single Crocosmia bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Carex and dainty blue LobeliaCarex and dainty Lobelia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A small Imperata cilindrica “Red Baron”Imperata cilindrica "Red Baron"[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The new Nandina leaves are pink?Nandina leaves are pink?[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Fallen leaves look beautiful against grassesFallen leaves look beautiful against grasses[/one_half_last]

Blooms are few and far between, and yet there is so much colour courtesy of all the foliage.

Happy Gardening


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An Autumn garden

My garden is in a sorry state … three days of continuous rain over the long weekend that interrupted my garden clean-up has left it looking untidy and ever so sad-looking. As I was busy with laying newly purchased compost and mulch the heavens opened up and it rained for three days solid. But in typical Cape Town fashion, as we got out our winter woolies and put extra blankets on beds, so the weather changed right back and the last two days have been too hot to do much gardening.

Today is looking good – not too hot, no wind, no rain (yet), but before I head out to continue my clean up, I took a few photos to show you what’s going on. And as I was taking these photos, I noticed something else – it’s not all white anymore! I have lots of pinks and blues and violets …


[one_half]Camellias have started their displayThe Camellias are starting their display[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Promise of lots to comePromise of lots to come[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A sweet pink daisyA sweet pink daisy[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Looking washed out after rainLooking washed out after rain[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Mexican Petunia keeps on givingMexican Petunia keeps on giving[/one_half]

[one_half_last]More pretty – Brachycombe daisiesBrachycombe daisies[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Barleria obtusa – Bush VioletBarleria obtusa - Bush Violet[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of blue and purpleLots of blue and purple[/one_half_last]

[one_half]First Azalea showing its faceFirst Azalea showing its face[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of lovely, fragrant LavenderLots of lovely, fragrant Lavender[/one_half_last]

Then there were a few surprises that popped up after the rains. The fading Hydrangea blooms are amazing to me. Spent but still beautiful I think I’ll leave these on the plants rather than cutting them off. I think they are lovely, I think I prefer them at this stage. Even the ones turning brown are lovely, it’s just a different type of lovely.

Tucked away in a very dark, hidden corner, we planted a few extra Clivias around this time last year (I already had quite a few and added to my collection). As I was cleaning, composting and mulching I noticed that the new additions have not just established themselves well, they are thriving and rewarding me with seeds.

And finally, I wrote about my intention to plant Crocosmia in the shade last year which I also did and forgot about. I planted them from bulbs and have been extremely underwhelmed by them – compared to the success I had with all the exotic bulbs I planted I fully expected this indigeneous bulb to do well. It has not really …. but it is still early days. Right now there are a few raggedy looking stalks and one single bloom – I’m not even sure I’m that mad about it anymore, but I will be patient. All the photographs of mass plantings of these can’t be wrong, they obviously just need more time to look impressive. But seeing the first bloom was exciting …

[one_half]Hydrangea bloomsHydrangea[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Clivia seedsClivia seeds[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Clivias have grown very wellClivias have grown very well[/one_half]

[one_half_last]First Crocosmia bloomsCrocosmia aurea[/one_half_last]

Oh, and the photos don’t really support my statement of a “sad looking garden”. Trust me, its sad. The lawn is in a bad way, there are lots of weeds (thanks rain!) and shrubs looking worse for wear after a three day downpour. Lots to do … a busy gardening weekend ahead.

Happy Gardening!

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Autumn in Cape Town

The days are getting shorter and the nights are longer again as we look forward to the cooler weather that comes with Autumn. While Diana in Porterville is enjoying her Nandina for autumn colour, Barbie’s garden in Philadelphia survived the heat of the summer and is still producing an abundant harvest, my garden here in the Southern Suburbs is giving me a few new gray hairs. Last year the Camellias started flowering on the 10th March and this year there are barely any buds in sight. Does the garden think it is still Summer? Probably. It hasn’t cooled down that much and still feels summery most days.

I love my garden in Autumn and Winter. There is always far more going on in it during the cooler seasons. Here are the first of my lovely Japanese Anemones showing their buds. All the plants I planted a few months back are growing beautifully and are covered in buds. I’m really looking forward to the lovely flowers opening.

Japanese Anemone Windflower

In the Northern Hemisphere our gardening friends are enjoying the start of spring. Donna in New York said her favorite sign of spring is that of the first pollinators returning, bees buzzing and birds chirping are always a joy. Andrea in Idaho says it’s time to get back outside to watch a fresh line of spring ‘pretties’ emerge in her garden whilst Alan in St Louis is sowing seeds for his revamped vegetable garden. Holly in Texas is so happy its spring not even the weeds are getting her down and our friend Bag in London celebrates Spring with a study of the London Plane tree throughout the seasons.

How fortunate we are to be able to share in the joys of their spring gardens. When I feel uninspired to garden I “visit” their gardens and get fresh inspiration to prepare for spring. I’m already dreaming of Irises and Lilies … but for now I am still enjoying my Autumn blooms.

Patio roses

The Patio Rose above (a Woolworths special) is pretty in a pot on the outside table. I wonder what they are fed before they are offered for sale? This plant has been flowering non-stop for a few weeks now. On the opposite side of the garden the Petunias are still doing their thing in the Camellia bed, tumbling over the edges of the bed and wandering over the stoned area. Lovely. I wonder for how much longer.


In the other beds where I have deep shade I planted lots of white Impatiens. They’ve been delightful all summer – easy plants requiring hardly any attention while providing a splash of white prettiness in dark corners. Unfortunately one bed has been spoilt by cutworm decimating two of the nine plants. Not sure which I dislike more, the moles or cutworms.


I’ve really enjoyed the summer. I learnt a lot again and enjoyed making my garden more birder-friendly in the last three months. Lots of different birds made appearances at various times including a family of Rooibeksysies, the baby doves that posed for a photo shoot and lots of other birds I’ve peviously written about.


I planted a few Dahlias earlier in the season. I’ve had amazing lush green growth from the few bulbs I planted and am thrilled how they have “greened up” a large bare area that I had at the back. But the flowers have been disappointing. No mass of these pretty blooms, just a couple. I wonder if I did something wrong? Or perhaps the area I planted them in really does not get ample sun for Dahlias.

I’ve joined up with Donna and friends for Seasonal Celebrations over at Garden’s Eye View. Why not join and share your Spring or Autumn garden with us!

Happy Gardening

[note_box]PS: We’ve updated our Facebook Page to the new cooler layout and time-line. If you are on Facebook, please “Like” our page … we’ll be so happy if you do xxx[/note_box]

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Autumn in Munich, Germany

Autumn in Munich; Herbst in München – Looking at my Autumn Post of yesterday motivated my Mom to send me photographs of Autumn in her city, München (Munich) in Germany. My Mom lives in one of the most beautiful cities, in an area called Herzogpark. It is a picturesque, quiet suburb of the City with beautiful tree lined streets, lovely old buildings and wonderful parks and spaces to explore.

Here are the photographs … (you can click to enlarge)

[one_half]Autumn in München[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Autumn in München[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Autumn in München[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Autumn in München[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Autumn in München[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Autumn in München[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Autumn in München[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Autumn in München[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Autumn in München[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Autumn in München[/one_half_last]

Beautiful, no?

München has a fantastic Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg) with a special garden dedicated to Rhododendrons. My Mom will be visiting the garden again during May when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom … Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the photographs?

Love you Mami, thanks for sharing your lovely photographs with us 🙂

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Autumn Day loveliness

It’s hard to find lots of new things to blog about when there is not much happening in the garden. Correction, when most of what’s happening in the garden is leaves blowing and gathering everywhere and all we seem to be doing is trying to keep things tidy. Not an easy task when the wind picks up just after we’ve swept. I’m not actually sure why we bother. I like this look …

Autumn Leaves

Are these Azaleas supposed to bloom now? I thought they bloomed in Spring, but here are the first ones in my Azalea bed blooming right now. Very happy this particular one is blooming because its the one I pulled out of one bed and added to what I now call my “Azalea Bed”. Pretty, no?

Azalea Bloom

And just in case you don’t remember, I have lots of Camellias in bloom right now. They brighten up the winter garden for me with their pretty white and pink flowers …


And I love this look – All different shades of green and bright red berries on the Nandinas – very “Autumny” …


Happy Gardening

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Why I Love Autumn ♥

As I notice the season changing from Summer to Autumn (officially on Saturday 19 March) I realise once again just how much I love Autumn and ponder a while, on why …

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus.

Happy Autumn

  • Nature gives us the most spectacular show of colour during Autumn
  • the air is fresh and invigorating, the sky is blue and the sun is shining
  • sunsets in Autumn have a beauty all of their own
  • rediscovering favourite cardigans and jackets as we dig them out from the back of the cupboard is always a surprise
  • remembering happy childhood memories of collecting colourful leaves with my Mom when she taught me about the four seasons
  • cooler temperatures in the afternoons make long leisurely walks a pleasure
  • Autumn rain is short, sweet and refreshing (unlike the winter downpour)
  • my trees are giving me lots of mulch
  • Camellias are starting to bloom
  • it’s time to plant sweet peas, violas and pansies
  • and time to plant brussel sprouts (yes, I love brussel sprourts – am I the only person I know who does?)
  • there are less nasty bugs in my garden
  • it’s time to start planting spring bulbs
  • the nurseries are displaying different plants
  • it’s time to start thinking about and planning my spring garden
  • my little miniature roses are producing a “second flush”
  • there are lots of garden shows and plant sales on
  • I love hot soup simmering on the stove
  • Easter and Easter eggs
  • and I will be able to wear my lovely leather gloves again soon

What do you love about Autumn? ♥♥♥♥♥