Archive : flowers

Aug 14 2015 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, | 2 comments

What’s Hot and What’s Not

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At every turn, you can find a gem of a flower or you can hit a gremlin!! Today was my day! I stuck my head out on this cold day and to my surprise found lots to photograph! So my post today was suitably named “What’s Hot and What’s Not!” Let me show you what I found ….. WHAT’S HOT: Lemon season!! Love them for salad dressing and for Lemon Cordial! WHAT’S [...]

Jul 27 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 6 comments

Flourishing in my winter garden

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I am so pleased to say that there is so much happening in my winter garden. Lots to harvest and even more thriving! Let me show you whats going on……. Lots flowering….  Lots to eat …  What is on its way… What herbs do we have… Composting pals… I hope you are having as much fun in your garden as I am!! Happy gardening xxxx Save

Sep 18 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 9 comments

Garden revival

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You know that feeling when you go away on a holiday and come back to your home – it feels like you are a stranger! It takes awhile to become familiar again with your garden. That’s how I felt! I felt as if I had been away or hibernating – I had to spend at least a day just greeting everything that was actively growing or peeping out of the soil. So [...]

Oct 25 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 12 comments

October clean up

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It is always a good idea to have a family visit to motivate you to get the garden looking great! This got me energized and I have enjoyed the manual labour! Got all the muscle groups working! I ordered bags and bags of compost and bark for mulch and got my act together! It might not look like much from the photos but the whole garden was tackled! I also have some [...]

Jun 18 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 8 comments

Dull garden?

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All seems bleak and colourless when you are forced to stay in bed with a bad flu. It has gripped all I know here in the Western Cape and with the weather as miserable as it has been, I did not have a hint of guilt. But the garden has taken a beating and after the hail storm, I though I would have nothing left. I though all would be dull and [...]

May 03 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

What’s growing in my backyard

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After a week of work committments, my head has hardly moved away from the computer. This has left me with the feeling of “cabin fever”! I was so pleased that we had a holiday on Wednesday – International Workers Day (Labour Day) – and I was NOT going to spend another moment sitting! I was in the garden, playing with the newbie chickens and Skollie (who has calmed down quite abit!) and [...]

Apr 29 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

The Gardening Blog in the News!

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I was so excited when Christine told me that “We are in the Fair Lady Magazine!!” It was such a surprise to the both of us that our “little” blog made it in one of the top woman’s magazines here in South Africa! We are both grinning from ear to ear and had to share this with all our gardening friends! And the Article reads: “Life long friends Barbie and Christine are [...]

Mar 24 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Earth Day clean up

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I normally miss all these important dates – like “Earth Day” and “Water Week” and read about them in the news paper I lay in the chickens bedding weeks later. So I decided that Earth Day (wednesday, 20 March) was my day in the garden. I spent time cleaning up and looking at ways to help the Earth in my own backyard. We have been thinking of adding a greywater system for [...]

Feb 08 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 4 comments

Garden Colour

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I have been in a gloomy mood of late, with my favourite chicken not doing well. Buffy has been suffering from Bumblefoot and had a major operation in December on both her feet. But alas, it is back – regardless of all the medication and the scrupulous cleaning of her feet and her New Hen House and the daily wrapping of her feet. The Vet warned of this and that it could [...]

Nov 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, | 14 comments

Bugs galore

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Not only is my garden overgrowing, the good, the bad and the ugly have also arrived! The bugs are having a party in the veggie patch and the rose bushes, but the army of ladybugs have taken control. I have left the aphids alone in the Artemesia – Powis Castle. I think it acts as a trap for them as they seem to do no harm to the bush. Within a week [...]