Archive : plants

Oct 12 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Before and After

Before+after 06

I have been watching the growth of my garden and, with the gentle prodding from our friends, I had to do this post to showcase the tremendous change that happened in my small part of the world in the short 6 months since I started my whirlwind, one-woman landscaping exploit. I will do each part separate: I have divided the garden into front, veggie patch (along the side), the fruit tree area [...]

Oct 11 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

from wheat fields to vineyards

stellenbosch 01

Today I had a work appointment in Stellenbosch and it is a good hours drive from where I live in Philadelphia (Cape Town, SA…..) I always love the drive because I take all the back roads through farms, wheat fields and vineyards. Imagine if your back garden was a wheat field or a vineyard…….. enjoy! The drive takes me through the dairy farms and the wheat fields of the Swartland to the [...]

Oct 04 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 3 comments

Miss you


I miss your posts and the laughter in your garden… I miss the way you hug your plants… I miss the birds, the blommies and even your moles… I miss the fun in your voice when you blog about Dex and Hercules… but most of all I miss you! Here are the first batch of irises I have dedicated. xxxxxx    

Sep 14 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Sowing the seeds of love

Seed sowing 03

As you know, I am growing a full vegetable garden this season. I have my 3 huge raised beds to fill and the large veggie patch area I have on the side of my house. I prefer to cultivate my veggies by sowing seeds and through experience, I tend to have a heavy hand when it comes to sowing seeds. I over-sow and end up with a cramped environment where the plants [...]

Apr 05 2011 by in Christine's garden, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Lovely ornamental grass finds its niche

Panicum Vergatum "Shenandoah"

I thought if I bought a nice ornamental grass and planted it, that my current obsession with grasses would subside a bit – but all that is happening is that I want more! Such a pity that most require a lot of sun or I would be hotfooting it off to the nurseries to buy every pretty grass I can find. What I love about grasses is the many different textures, colours, [...]

Mar 27 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 9 comments

Rare Indigenous Bulb purchases


My only gardening experience prior to my current garden was many, many years ago (20 to be exact) when I lived in a rented cottage in Green Point. The cottage had a tiny garden, total size about 8 square metres of which most was lawn. In the beds around the lawn I half-heartedly dabbled with planting a few things – mostly annuals and one year I bought a batch of bulbs and [...]

Mar 26 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 27 comments

Rare Plant Fair 2011 at Rustenberg Wines

Pretty white flowers

This morning I had the privilege of attending the Autumn Rare Plant Fair 2011 at Rustenberg Wines in Stellenbosch in the glorious Cape Winelands. A friend had invited me and we set off early this morning as the drive to Stellenbosch is about 45 minutes and we wanted to get there early before all the good plants were sold out. And I’m so glad we did. By the time we arrived at [...]

Feb 15 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 4 comments

Garden Walk

My rose flowers

I have new growth on lots of plants and get excited every time I see something new. My garden is ever changing ... Things I am happy about today!

Feb 03 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 1 comment

Nandina pygmaea dwarf Bamboo

Dwarf heavenly bamboo, Japanese sacred bamboo

One of my favourite plants in my garden is Nandina pygmaea – Dwarf Sacred Bamboo. It is an evergreen shrub, used for its foliage and will apparantly endure diverse growing conditions. It grows well in a container and can be used as a background plant, low hedge, in a shrub border and as a groundcover. It grows in full sun or partial shade (green leaves) preferring moist, but well-drained soil. The foliage is [...]

Feb 01 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 1 comment

Border plants

Back garden border plants

The plants in my back garden are really coming along very nicely. It gives me so much pleasure now to go and spend time there. Even the lawn is coming along, despite all the shade. I thought I would slowly start photographing the individual plants I have in my garden and explain why they were chosen. As you can see on these two photos, the ground cover we are using here is [...]