Archive : gardening

Aug 13 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Recipes, | 10 comments

Garden on a plate

03 Salad Days 07

Wow – that was some storm we experienced over the weekend. I was so worried that the hail storm was going to ruin my veggie patch and when it rained cats and dogs, it was going to wash everything away! Glad to report that there are only small pools of water and the garden has survived. So much so, that I could pick an amazing lunch salad from the greens all around [...]

Jul 12 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Perenniels, | 4 comments

New patch plantings

01 New Patch 02

Hi Chris – I know I mentioned this to you last week already, but I had little time to get the photo’s done and up for you to see. I know I keep telling you how I love your Nandina, well I have now bought some as well as azaleas to go in my shade patch in the back garden. Everything else I have planted here has died; either ripped out by [...]

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, [...]

Apr 25 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 13 comments

Meadow update

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Hi Chris, remember my back garden meadow I want to create? I spread the seeds at the beginning of April and the last two weeks I have taken photos of the progress. I am still not sure what flowers will come out so it will be fun to see how the whole area will develop. I can recognise marigolds and that’s about it! Oh yes – I also see clover and a [...]

Mar 26 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 15 comments

Grass Feature Patch preview

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Hi Chris! I have been off the radar this past week with sinus troubles! I am certain they are spraying the fields around us with chemicals. Argh! Not good! The wheat farmers now grow grapes in the area, and I know that they spray these! I have had to go on antihistamines and nasal sprays and it has knocked me a bit sideways! I will have to investigate this further! But in [...]

Mar 11 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 4 comments

Lush green for March

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I am looking forward to cooler breezes and that crisp morning air in March. Christine shared her garden lovelies in Autumn in Cape Town and I have to say, just taking a walk around my garden today I can see that the lushness of green is predominant in my garden at the moment. The last of the great harvests are behind me and the preparation for the March sowing will begin this [...]

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

Big clean up!

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Today was a go go go day! I had my fabulous hubby as keen to get the garden in great shape. It has been looking shabby and dry and all the spent vegetable plants needed to go. I want to make way for my March planting and get the soil ready for this. I am totally exhausted but so happy that we managed to do the whole garden – every inch was [...]

Feb 18 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 16 comments

Death of a tree

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It was a sad day today to see my splendid conifer tree fall. After the post I did on the heat of summer, it was inevitable that the big conifer on the corner of our plot was not going to survive the summer. I know that this majestic tree is a common site in the northern hemisphere. I have a feeling that the heat here in Philly is too intense. I was [...]

Feb 08 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 21 comments

Summer Heat getting to me

09 Hot Dayz

Summer is getting intense! We have had days of nonstop high temperatures and I can’t protect my garden from it. It has been close to 40 degrees here with no letting up. In the early mornings I take this time to water as much as I can as well as early evening – I’m watering twice a day! But the damage is done…. I am devastated by the damage to my huge [...]

Jan 24 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Heat of the Summer

Heat of Summer 08

The heat of the summer days does take its toll on the garden. It is usually 2-3 degrees higher here than in the city of Cape Town. So if my friend, Christine, says its 30 degrees in her garden, than its usually 33 degrees here. A few of my plants are now dropping leaves and flowers – notably the fuchsia, but my neighbour was very surprised to see it still blooming, so [...]