Barbie’s garden

Aug 13 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Gardening | 14 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 1

Welcome to the first “One Minute Tips” from Barbie’s Garden. If you have a tip to share – let me know! Maybe yours will be selected and I will do a “One Minute Tip” on it! Happy Gardening xxxx

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

Garden on a plate

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 […]

Aug 05 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 9 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in August

There is snow in them thar hills!! The evenings are still bitterly cold as we kick off on our eighth Garden Bloggers Harvest Day this 5th day of August 2012 in the southern hemisphere, and the gardeners of Two Gardens are weary of the wet and cold. We are preparing for the sunshine and the warmer days. The hint of spring is here, but we are still wrapped in winter woollies! The seed banks are full […]

Aug 03 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, Reviews, | 4 comments

Biodiversity showcase garden

Cape Town is internationally known as a biodiversity hotspot with many species occurring nowhere else in the world. The Biodiversity Garden in Green Point, Cape Town was built around the World Cup Stadium in time for the Soccer World Cup (2010). I took my sister (the one visiting from Australia) to this Showcase Garden last week where we learnt about all the elements making up biodiversity through a series of themed gardens. Instead of […]

Jul 24 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 19 comments

Wander about the neighbourhood

The weather was so beautiful on Monday that my hubby and I took a meander about the neighbourhood. We live in a quaint village that is surrounded by wheat, canola, cows, sheep and even pigs! I love this time of year, when the fields are green and the canola is bright yellow – hey, wait! It’s not spring yet! The canola is early! Oh well, looks like the patterns are changing and […]

Jul 21 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 17 comments

Edible flowers in my garden

I came across an article on edible flowers some time ago and while I was thinking of something to blog about, I remembered this and I was quite surprised that I have quite a few of them that grow in my garden (some from Spring to Summer). Of the 35 or so flowers mentioned, I have 21 of them!! These blossoms are used in teas or salads. The borage flower has a […]

Jul 16 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 27 comments

Mid winter in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Can you believe this Iris?

It’s the coldest winter we’ve had in the Western Cape here in South Africa for as long as we can remember. There’s snow on the mountains nearby and everybody is talking about how cold it is. The promised storms we were warned about passed us by and hit further inland with snow falling in places in South Africa where it has never snowed before. Around here we had a lot of rain, […]

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

New patch plantings

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 […]

Jul 09 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 9 comments

Gardening in July

These wet and rainy winter days are enjoyed by some and not by others. I, on the one hand, like the cool and the wet because our summers are intense and the hard clay ground is unworkable. The winter ground is soft and yielding and I can now spend time digging beds and preparing them for the new season, plan the design of new paths, and any new constructions can be actioned! […]

Jul 07 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 8 comments

Bugs ‘n Boids

Had a bit of fun in the garden after it rained so hard. The poor birds looked like wet rags hanging on the bare fig tree. They are so part of my garden that you might as well call me the dove lady! Every morning the massive exodus of birds from my deck when I open the back door is a sight to behold. They all seem to sleep all over the […]