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Morning light and holiday delights

What a pleasure it is to get up early (when you don’t have to!), to explore the garden at first light. A few delights from my summer garden taken at first light this morning – aren’t the “chameleon” plants (Trachelospermum jasminoides “Chameleon”)  looking gorgeous? The new growth is pink and white on these lovely plants. Finally after a long dormancy, they appear to be waking up for summer to thrill us with their pretty new leaves, so gorgeous!

Trachelospermum jasminoides "Chameleon"

Also seen at first light as if waiting to delight us with their prettiness …

[one_half]Calibrachoa peeping through LamiumCalibrachoa[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gardenia so sweetly fragrantGardenia so sweet[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pandorea Jasminoides “Charisma”Pandorea Jasminoides “Charisma”[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gaura lindheimeriGaura lindheimeri floating in the breeze[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A deep blue PetuniaIt really is this colour![/one_half]

[one_half_last]I’m starting to love BegoniasI'm starting to love Begonias[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Penstemon ‘Alice Hendley’Penstemon 'Alice Hendley'[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gerbera daisiesGerbera daisies[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Scaevola pretty in violetScaevola pretty in violet[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cleome flowers non-stop for me!Flowers non-stop for me![/one_half_last]

Wherever in the world you are and what ever you are doing today, enjoy the holiday!

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Month-end blooms or non-blooms

There is lots of new growth in my garden but sadly, no exciting blooms. The wetter, colder weather has produced masses of lush green growth but there is very little “bloom-worthy” going on in the garden. We’re mulching, composting, weeding and generally just dreaming up new ideas for the future Spring Garden and enjoying the Camellias at the moment. And spending time visiting the garden blogs of our friends the Northern Hemisphere to get my “flower fix”.

Here are the few bloomers in my garden at the end of April …

[one_half]Mona LavenderMona Lavender[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Marigolds in veggie patchMarigolds in veggie patch[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Iceberg RosesIceberg Rose[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Guara and LobulariaGuara and Alyssum[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Heliotropium and AlyssumHeliotropium and Alyssum[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Pink CamelliasPink Camellia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Acorus graminex and LamiumAcorus graminex and Lamium[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Nandina berries & leavesNandina berries & leaves[/one_half_last]

The last two photos, not blooms, but lovely and making me happy, especially the Nandinas with their redddening leaves and big bunches of berries that provide a lot of colour in the garden right now.

I’ve added this post to Helen’s meme: End of Month View over at her blog, The Patient Gardener.

Happy gardening!

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End of Month View – Flowering on April Fools Day

No its not an April Fools joke – Its well and truly Autumn in Cape Town now but I do still have a few blooms to share. The evenings are cool and we’ve had some rain, though not the non-stop goes-on-for-days rain we get in winter, just light showers. Real rain will follow in May, June and July. So there is not much flowering in my garden at the moment that is “Wow-worthy”, but I wanted to share the few blooms I do have, some because they are pretty, some because they are a first for me, and some … well just because they are flowering. I’ve spared you the Camellias though … I think I’ve shown enough of those for a while even though they are giving us a great show at the moment. Also flowering is one deformed Clivia (it shouldn’t be) and the Hibiscus are showing off their last few flowers!

So here we go … Flowering at the end of March (you can click to enlarge the photos)

[one_half]The new Potato bushPotato Bush[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Still flowering, the PetuniasStill flowering, the Petunias[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Nandina Sacred Bamboo flowers!Nandina Sacred Bamboo flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Mandevilla Splenens never stopMandevilla Splenens[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pretty Miniature RosebudPretty Miniature Rosebud[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Miniature RoseFlowering Miniature Rose[/one_half_last]

[one_half]More miniature rosesMore miniature roses[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Murraya ExoticaMurraya Exotica[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Barleria obtusa ‘blue’Barleria obtusa 'blue'[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I forget the name of thisI forget the name of this[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Unimpressive AzaleasAzaleas[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Neighbours unwanted OleanderNeighbours Oleander (not liked!)[/one_half_last]

The last two are big failures! The Azaleas don’t look great at all, very disappointing, and the last photograph is of my neighbours Oleander which is hanging over the wall into my back yard – not on my list of favourites!

So whats blooming in your garden?

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What’s Flowering in Barbie’s Garden

It is amazing – I did not think my garden had much happening in the way of blooms! But I did find some. This is what’s flowering in my garden at the moment. My roses are always a great pride! They never let me down!

[one_half]Potato TreePotato Tree[/one_half]



[one_half_last]Pink RoseRose[/one_half_last]