Archive : cleome

Apr 26 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Cleome attack

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Oh No!! Something is chewing on my Cleome and I have lost one bush already! What can this be? Chris, I know that you lost your Impatiens to cutworm – could this be the same thing? I hope it is not that dreaded Stem Borer Beetle that is now attacking other plants in my garden. The Cleome is in a patch near the Fig and Guava tree. I will not spray any [...]

Jan 31 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 16 comments

Cleomes in bed

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Hi Chris! I have been waiting patiently for a cool day in order to plant my Cleomes and TODAY WAS THE DAY! I had the perfect bed in my back garden where they will get the morning sun and some shade in the afternoon. My Three Sisters bed (which I called the “Pumpkin Patch”) had come to an end and the soil was rich and ready for new planting. They look really [...]

Jan 10 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 7 comments

Birthday surprise


I was so delighted beyond words when Christine came to visit me for my birthday and presented me with these beautiful Cleomes! I have always admired her Cleomes and when we go out nursery shopping together, that is one of the elusive plants on our shopping list. I have just the place for them – a new bed at the back near the vibracrete wall. I can’t wait to tackle this area, [...]

Nov 16 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 5 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 14


Today I am grateful for all the critters that frequent my garden. Yes, yes, I know they are not all great to have around, but if it weren’t for the snails, slugs, beetles and aphids (and dare I mention the mole), I think life in the garden would be a whole lot less interesting. And with the bad come the good … earthworms, pranging mantids, geckos, bees and the butterflies, to mention [...]