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September Foliage Follow up

I took some time out today to take some photographs of the foliage in the garden to link up with Pam at Diggings for Foliage Follow Up.  “Foliage Follow Up” is a monthly gardening meme where Pam and other garden bloggers showcase the beauty of foliage in their gardens on the 16th of the month. Please join Hercules and I as we stroll through the garden. It’s not just the flowers that smell good … according to Hercules!

[one_half]Welcome! Join us as we stroll the gardenWelcome! Join us for Foliage Follow-up[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Festuca Glauca shinesFestuca Glauca shines[/one_half_last]

[one_half]New growth on Nandina pygmaeaNew growth on Nandina pygmaea[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The sun kisses Carex evergoldSun kisses Carex evergold[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Lovely new growth on Star JasmineLovely new growth on Star Jasmine[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lovely variegation on the Pandorea “Charisma”Lovely variegation on the Pandorea "Charisma"[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Silver-hued Helichrysum petiolareSilver-hued Helichrysum petiolare[/one_half]

[one_half_last]New growth is pink on the Chameleon plantNew growth is pink on the Chameleon plant[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Moving on … What else should we show?Moving on ... grass is foliage too[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cape Thatching Reed looks greatCape Thatching Reed looks great[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Beautiful as a contrast (in the Veg patch)Beautiful as a contrast (in the veg patch)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Brightening up a dark cornerBrightening up a dark corner[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Another contrast in a dark spaceAnother contrast in a dark space[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Acorus gramineus ‘Variegata’ – a favouriteAcorus gramineus ‘Variegata’ a favourite[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Love the contrast of the dark leavesLove the contrast of the dark leaves[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sun kissed dark foliage of NandinaSun kissed dark foliage[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Bright green Lavender dentataBright green Lavender dentata[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Thats all we have to show today! Bye bye!Thats all folks! Bye bye![/one_half_last]

Thank you for joining Hercules and I on our Foliage Exploration! We hope you’ll join us again next month. For now we wish you …

Happy Gardening

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Stopping to smell the flowers

I did a walk about the garden this morning to access and photograph the storm damage as well as the damage to the back garden after the plumbers redid the french drain. The photographs I took are all so bleak and unattractive that they have been relegated to a “before” file – no brag-worthy photos today unfortunately. Now usually Dexter (the 65 kg Rottweiler) accompanies me when I’m in the garden and my sweet little kitty stays well away, but as Dexter was away on a play-date today, Hercules got to enjoy gardening time with me without being harassed by his ‘big brother’.

I thought I would share my photos of him – he absolutely loves spending time in the garden with me and follows me around, stopping to smell the flowers, digging when I dig, tip-toeing around in the grass. Its too cute! Here he is smelling the potato bush.

[one_half]Stopping to smell the flowersHercules stops to smell the flowers[/one_half]

[one_half_last]This one smells good!Aren't I a beautiful cat?[/one_half_last]

And then there is a lot flowering again. We have flowering Camellias all over the place, lots of red berries on the Nandinas, lush growth after the rains … and as I’ve keep being told by my fellow garden-bloggers, I really have nothing to complain about (even if my back garden looks a bit like a dump site right now). I am blessed to have a lot of prettyness going on in the garden right now, even though its the middle of winter.

[one_half]Camellias and Nandina berriesCamellias and Nandina berries[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Iceberg flowering againIceberg flowering again[/one_half_last]

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Front Garden

HerculesI’m enjoying one of the beds in my front garden a lot. To a seasoned gardener I’m sure its nothing special, and I know it needs work in terms of the Gardenias not performing at their best (and my newly planted “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” still underperforming), but I’m loving the little dianthus annuals I planted because they’ve added some colour to the blanks spaces while we wait for the new plants to establish themselves. The Plectranthus madagacariens is absolutely thriving and I have to keep cutting it back so it doesn’t take over completely. The wild iris plants are coming along beautifully.

Hercules loves this spot in the garden too … He likes to sit on the bench and watch me when I’m busy in the front garden. He loves to sniff the plants and is so light of foot that he doesn’t damage anything …  the perfect little garden companion!


Dianthus and bunny

Dianthus & Bunny[/one_half]


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