Archive : books

Apr 22 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 8 comments

April Book Review – Foliage by Nancy Ondra

Foliage by Nancy Ondra

Once again I’m joining Holley of Roses and Other Gardening Joys in doing a monthly book review on a favourite gardening book from my personal library. I was originally introduced to this particular book by Cathy & Steve of Our Garden Journal when they reviewed this book last year. After reading their glowing report I promptly ordered the book and was not disappointed when it arrived. Foliage, by Nancy Ondra ticks all [...]

Mar 21 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 5 comments

March book review

Planning tips & requirements

I’m quite pre-occupied with my pond make-over project at the moment so I’ve been perusing “pond” books at the book store and have even bought a few. Most have been fairly useful, in one way or another, but none has actually motivated me to make the changes to the pond I know are necessary. Until I walked past a second-hand book shop and decided to look in and see what gardening books [...]

Nov 07 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Reviews, | 4 comments

Ferns of Southern Africa – a Book Review

A beautiful book

Ferns of Southern Africa – A Comprehensive Guide, is a newly published book I was invited to review. With some trepidation I started to read the 776 page guide even though I removed every single fern from my garden just a year ago. I wondered whether the book could convince to try ferns again – after all, I’ve heard ferns thrive in shade and I’m always looking for good shade plants … [...]

Jun 19 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous | 15 comments

How much I’ve learnt in ten short months

Plants for places

It is no secret that less than a year ago I knew pretty much nothing about gardening and plants. OK, perhaps I’m exaggerating a little … I knew the names of a few plants, bougainvillea, roses and lilies spring to mind. I think I also knew about Marigolds, daisies and ferns. Oh and of course I knew all about Ivy, because Ivy was the most prolific plant in my overgrown jungle of [...]

Apr 20 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 10 comments

Earth Day Reading Project

Earth Day Reading Project

I admit it – I don’t read enough! (books that is). It’s not that I don’t like reading – I love it, but the fact of the matter is that I very rarely find the time to read a whole book from cover to cover. I’m one of those people that once a book grabs hold of me I can’t put it down until I’ve finished it, so I reserve reading page [...]

Mar 08 2011 by in Christine's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous | 6 comments

Time out with The Gardener on DVD

The Gardener DVD

Today my eagerly awaited purchase of the DVD Series of the popular show, ‘The Gardener’, arrived in the mail! ‘The Gardener’ is South Africa’s favourite’s gardening magazine whose live-wire editor is inimitable Tanya Visser (see photo below). Tanya presents a weekly Television Series on the South African Home Channel called (you guessed it!), ‘The Gardener’. Each week Tanya presents a topical gardening subject ranging from laying your own lawn, pruning roses to [...]

Jan 06 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening,

Christine’s Garden – as it was

Baby Dexter, December 2007

Where do I start … well, when I bought my house 3 years ago, the existing garden was nice enough – except that it was basically full of overgrown trees that blocked out all the sun and all that would grow (and grow they did!!) was Ivy and ferns and some nasty ground cover. You couldn’t see anything for Ivy, it was everywhere … in fact it was trying to get into [...]