Archive : foliage

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

Earth Day clean up

08 Clean up After 01

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 [...]

Sep 12 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 8 comments

Another rainy day

04 The Rainy Day 06

Oh well, the spring sun was covered with clouds today and the rain came tumbling down – again. But Spring is all about the warmth and the rain – the flowers and the showers, right? So here is my garden today – wet and warm. The Spring feeling is in the air and the blues have melted and the spirits are high. I’ve been in the garden all day yesterday – pulling, [...]

Aug 30 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Something stirring in my garden

05 end August blooms 06

I have not been getting the “spring is a coming” feeling! I have been so preoccupied with work and family birthdays and just feeling cold these past weeks in August that my poor garden has been so neglected. I have to admit that the “feeling has not been there”. I gave my favourite hobby a break. But the blooms are happily awaiting spring, regardless of the absent gardener. I have seen new [...]

Jun 24 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 15 comments

Foliage in my wet winter garden

Cape thatching reed looks wonderful

After Barbie showed us her winter garden I thought it was about time I ventured out into the garden between downpours to take a few photographs so I too can show you my wet winter garden. This weekend it has rained pretty much non-stop here in the Newlands valley where I live. Its been cold and chilly and I have not been inspired to do any major garden projects. We’ve been staying [...]

Jun 18 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

What’s this?

Whats this 03

While I’ve been cleaning up my garden and planting seedlings, I have been watching these two strange “weed” bushes developing in the corner where the old conifer tree was. I wanted to see what they would eventually become, but I am now curious to know what the dickens these are! The first bush has a very familiar looking flower – similar to a tomato and the actual potato plant! Any clue?? Then, [...]

Jun 10 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 19 comments

A wet winter garden

Wet Garden 12a

The weather man has predicted rain and more rain and cold temperatures, so for this weekend we made soup and collected firewood for the  fireplace and the only thing missing is a good book. I did take some time during the week to take note of the chores still needing my attention. The chicken run needs a landscape artist – sigh! …. and the next lot of seedlings need sowing – ok! [...]

May 25 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Meadow in May

Meadow in May 04

I am so excited to see the carpet of Meadow green is now flowering – that is so quick! It seems like yesterday when I scattered a bunch of Winter Mix meadow seeds onto my bleak back garden patch. There are so many different varieties of plants that I will only know what is what when they start blooming. I am not worried about the weeds because Mother Nature doesn’t either. I [...]

May 16 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 13 comments

Foliage Follow-up – What happened?

Acorus gramineus

It’s the 16th day of the month which means its time to join Pam at Diggings for Foliage Follow Up, the monthly gardening meme where garden bloggers showcase the beauty of foliage in their gardens. This month I’m looking for advice … “Variegation is the appearance of differently coloured zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. This may be due to a number of causes. Some variegation is attractive [...]

Apr 24 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 8 comments

The Colour of Autumn

Evergreens keep looking good

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 [...]

Apr 08 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Grasses highlighted – 1st anniversary

Panicum Virgatum

I have been asked a few times by many to put together a more detailed post on the Grass Feature in my front garden. It is one of my very special places in my garden and takes pride of place (ok – the veggie patch is still the number one!) This is the month of its 1st Anniversary, so we can really go back and see how it looked 1 year ago. [...]