Archive : plants

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 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 [...]

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

Heat of the Summer

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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 [...]

Nov 30 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 4 comments

Strawberries for Elma

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This is a special post for a dear friend of mine, Elma Cheeseman, whom I met through my publishing business. She is 93 years old and published a fabulous recipe book called “Gran’s Cookery Chat”. Well, needless to say, I have tried many of her tried and tested recipes and always a delight for the whole family! I told her about the Gardening Blog and she has been following my every move [...]

Oct 25 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening | 8 comments

Patchwork patio herbs

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Hi there! Wanted to keep you updated on the growings in my back garden. The patchwork herbs are looking and tasting great!  I have celery, thyme (assorted), mint, oreganum, and lemon balm. Look my thyme is flowering! I’m sorry for the quickie post, but it’s late and I need to get some sleep! Happy Gardening and I’ll be back xxxx

Oct 25 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Trees, | 5 comments

Backgarden joy

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I am so enjoying my back garden and the velocity of growth I see every day! It is amazing how everything is springing to action and the veggies are actually looking like something you can eat!! A huge growth from 5 days ago! The herbs are creeping over the patchwork patio and everyday I can pick mint for my lemon tea and thyme for my midday meal. The peaches are  causing havoc [...]

Oct 23 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Shopping + gardening = happiness

Miscanthus sinesis giant variegata

Gardening is supposed to be therapeutic and I sure know that shopping usually makes me feel better, so a visit to the local nursery was what my “inner-doctor” ordered for today. And what a joy it was to find something I’ve been looking for forever! Miscanthus sinesis giant variegata was waiting for me – three of them sitting there (I always buy in threes). So of course they came home with me, [...]

Oct 14 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 11 comments

Before and after continued ..

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Thank you all for the interest shown in the Before and After! of my front garden. As promised, I have taken the latest photos of the back garden today, so now I can show you the big changes! The Back Garden BEFORE: It was a ruined area, the chickens had taken over the back garden and as any chicken owner knows – I’ve learnt – they scratch and peck until it is pretty much [...]