Christine’s garden

Jan 12 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

Spot The Red

Red leaves on Nandina pygmaea

Barbie alerted me to an amazing competition in  SA Garden magazine for gardeners called “Spot The Red photo competition”. The 1st prize is a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera and the second prize is a Nikon COOLPIX S3100. To enter the competition, gardeners are required to submit a photograph of a red item in their garden. The “red item” can be anything from a bug, a field of red flowers or a tree […]

Jan 10 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 17 comments

Look who’s eating them apples

Rooibeksysie in the bird feeder

I put bird seed in the bird feeder and no-one came. Barbie suggested I add a few pieces of fruit – which I did, and a few days later all the fruit was gone. I never saw any birds go near the feeder. I replenished the apples and again, a few days later, all gone. The bird seed was getting less too, they were obviously eating it. Lather, rinse, repeat … On […]

Jan 05 2012 by in Bloggers Harvest Day, Christine's garden, Gardening | 8 comments

My January Harvest

The black chilli

Barbie and I were very excited to start a monthly “Garden Bloggers Harvest Day“. We hunted around and it does not appear that anyone has started one and with the number of Garden Bloggers who blog about their vegetable and herb gardens, we though it might be fun to share. Barbie is a serious “vegetable gardener”. Really, she has all sorts growing … from cabbages to potatoes, fruit trees (peaches, figs, apples […]

Jan 03 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 11 comments

Sunbird in the Hibiscus

and then it took off again

I’ve been going on about how I’m trying to make my garden more hospitable to birds. I’ve been providing water in the form of bird baths and nectar feeders, I have a small bird house on which I leave seeds and pieces of fruit which they are eating and am researching which plants to get (that I don’t already have) to attract different birds to my garden. Today I had a brief […]

Jan 01 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 21 comments

Gardening Resolutions and 2012 To Do List

My gardening resolutions for 2012

Every year around this time I sit down and make a list of what I want to accomplish in the following year. Sometimes I get everything done, sometimes not – the fun is not so much in the actual doing but more in the planning, isnt it? A perpetual “list maker”, I compile “to do” lists for work and the house and this year it makes sense to have a separate “Gardening […]

Dec 31 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 5 comments

2012 Calendars and Happy New Year

Curbstone Valley Farm - November 2012

Last year I had one tiny calendar that lived on my desk, always seemed to be buried in a pile of paper and never in sight when I needed it. I don’t enjoy using the little calendar on the computer and I can’t get used to using my iPhone as a calendar or diary. I’m obviously showing my age here – but for many things I still prefer writing on paper and […]

Dec 28 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 6 comments

Rooibeksysie in the Pepper Tree

Common Waxbill

Today I spotted this cute bird in the Pepper Tree and was lucky enough to be sitting with the camera when it briefly perched in the tree, surveyed the scene and decided it was not safe to spend too much time hanging out. It hopped to another branch where it was briefly joined by two others and then they all took off. I assume that I only attract common garden birds to […]

Dec 27 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 6 comments

Morning light and holiday delights


What a pleasure it is to get up early (when you don’t have to!), to explore the garden at first light. A few delights from my summer garden taken at first light this morning – aren’t the “chameleon” plants (Trachelospermum jasminoides “Chameleon”)  looking gorgeous? The new growth is pink and white on these lovely plants. Finally after a long dormancy, they appear to be waking up for summer to thrill us with […]

Dec 26 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 23 comments

The Rose Bed gets a make-over and then another

26 December addition

In March this year I had a small corner bed re-done. I pulled out a tree that was causing a few problems and replanted the bed. At the time I was reasonably happy with the decision, less than happy with the “re-do”. As time went on I was not really happy with it and kept making changes. Here’s how it went (All the photos can be clicked on to see the larger, […]

Dec 25 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Christmas Day – May it be Merry

Christmas Wishes

Wishing all our gardening friends and their families a wonderful Christmas Day filled with love, laughter, happy memories and lovely blooms from your gardens! Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true … With love on Christmas Day Christine xxx Blooming on Christmas day …