Christine’s garden

Nov 26 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 3 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 24

Impatiens

Today I am grateful for my Best Gardening Buddy. Not only a gardening buddy but a lifelong best friend, Barbie and I have been through so much together. From playing together as kids to being Moms at the same time, sharing experiences (and clothes!) and all of life’s highs and lows. As we have matured, so have our interests and these days we’ve traded “club hopping” for “nursery shopping” and we are […]

Nov 25 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 23

Hypoestes Aristata

Today I am grateful that gardening has taught me to be patient! I’ve always been a very impatient person, expecting everything to be done yesterday and wanting goals achieved in record time. Of course in the garden this just does not happen. Things take time … Mother Nature decides on the time frame in which things will grow (or not) and its been a very valuable lesson for me not to expect […]

Nov 24 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 3 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 22

Murraya Exotica

Today I am grateful for all the new gardening knowledge I have filled my brain with this year. With gardening as a new hobby obsession, there has been much to learn. Starting with the basics on how to plant, soil composition and how to improve ones soil, composting, organic gardening methods, planting, pruning, propagation, pests and diseases, fertilisation, lawns and watering to the fun side of gardening, landscaping and design! And I’ve […]

Nov 23 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 7 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 21

Tibouchina

Today I am grateful for the kindness of other gardeners and the camaraderie we share. I’ve been through many phases in life and never in all my years have I experienced such generosity of spirit as I have from gardeners the world over. Offers to send seeds, willingness to share knowledge, giving of their time to advise and gifts of cuttings and surplus plants … I have not experienced such generosity in […]

Nov 22 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 20

Ornithogalum

Today I am grateful for all the colour in my garden. Not just the pretty pinks, reds, blues and violets of the flowers but also the varying shades of green, blue and silver I find in the foliage of plants. I love all the hues, tints and shades produced at different times of day and the way certain flowers and plants change colour at different stages of growth. And talking of colour, […]

Nov 21 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 9 comments

Pretty feather grass

Feather Grass Makro

For a long time I admired the pretty Mexican Feather Grass on many blogs including The Whimsical Gardener (Austin, Texas), Creating my own Garden of the Hesperides (Lazio, Italy) and my local favourite, Elephant’s Eye (Western Cape, South Africa). I really love the look of it and decided I wanted this in my garden. But I’ve learnt over the past few months that the nurseries stock things here in cycles. Mexican Feather […]

Nov 21 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 1 comment

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 19

Pandorea jasminoides "Charisma"

Today I am grateful for Creepers! Creepers are such versatile plants that we use to cover unattractive walls and spaces and for vertical interest. I love watching the Star Jasmine in my garden as it fills the wallss and emits its heady perfume. I enjoy the challenge of getting my two small Clematis plants to grow and I love watching the Pandoea jasminoides (Bouwer vine) slowly fill up the trellises around the […]

Nov 20 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 4 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 18

Azaleas

Today I am grateful for my Gardening Companions! My beloved pets are so sweet when I am in the garden. Dexter needs to be involved in whatever I am doing, digging, sniffing, and following me from one task to the next. Sherrie likes to observe from a sunny spot and sweet little Hercules loves it when the dogs are locked up inside and he gets to spend time with me, alone, in […]

Nov 19 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 3 comments

New Acquisition Solanum jasminoides

Solanum Jasminoides flowers

On Thursday Barbie and sneaked away from work as we were having “plant buying withdrawals” (yes, that’s a valid affliction suffered by most gardeners!). With little time to spare we popped in at the nearest nursery to buy “just one or two herbs”, and came home with the car bulging with new plants – not of the herb variety, although I did see a few tucked in there :). Amongst others, Barbie […]

Nov 19 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening | 6 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 17

Gardenia Jasminoides

Today I am grateful for … Change! Yes, really, I said it. I actually fear change, don’t really like it much when things I’m accustomed to are turned around or when life deals us a blow and what we know as ‘normal’ is no longer. “Change”, for me, is daunting at best, shocking at worst – but usually with change comes hope and new possibilities.  The older I get the more readily […]