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I’m really tired of the cold weather. Where is Spring? It’s almost mid October and my barometer tells me its 10°C or 50°F (I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it sure feels that cold). Yesterday was a lovely sunny day (sunny but not warm) and I took a walk around the garden and was surprised at how much is looking pretty despite the weird weather. I’m loving the Lilies again this year and the Clivias are quite magnificent. They are flowering all over Cape Town and are a wonderful sight. Even mine are looking great. There’s lots of orange and yellow which makes a change from my usual white and pink colour scheme (which will follow on again in Summer).

I’ll take you on a tour and show you some pretty …

The Clivias are planted along the back wall under a deep shade of trees where they brighten up some of the darkest spaces when they flower. It’s a wonderful sight when you walk through around and spot a bright splash of orange tucked behind a tree, or in some places, they are grouped and flowering all together. I think this is the first year I’ve had such a great show from them – this being their third spring in my garden.

Here is a Clivia tucked away under lots of foliage plants

Clivia tucked in a corner

[one_half]A group of Clivias against a wallA group of Clivias against a wall[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Up close and personal with a CliviaUp close and personal with a Clivia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The gorgeous Babianas are floweringThe gorgeous Babianas are flowering[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tucked in between the flowering SalviasTucked in between the flowering Salvias[/one_half_last]

[one_half]In a pot outside my bedroomIn a pot outside my bedroom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Happy fish in their cleaned up homeHappy fish in their cleaned up home[/one_half_last]

[one_half]And the Lilies have started to flowerAnd the Lilies have started to flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Yellow, orange and white this yearYellow, orange and white this year[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Lilies bending to the sunLilies bending to the sun[/one_third]

[one_third]Star Jasmine growing up a treeStar Jasmine growing up a tree[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Lots of colour in the alleyLots of colour in the alley[/one_third_last]

[one_half]About to burst into bloomAbout to burst into bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]New planted petunias for summer colourNew planted petunias for summer colour[/one_half_last]

Aren’t the colours of the Crabapple magnificent? A day or two and the whole shrub will be flowering.

Happy gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

8 replies on “A look around”

That does seem like pretty cool weather for Spring in your part of the world Christine. Loads of great plants in your garden which wouldn’t be out of place in our Summer garden, now why do I think I have said that to you before.

we had such a cold spring that it took forever to warm up so the plants could grow….now the fall is here and we are headed for our first freeze this weekend…..sigh! Loving the flowers that are braving your weather…

Any fragrance to Clivias? Attractive to pollinators?

My favorite photo is the view of the alley! You’ve talked about it before, and shown what’s growing against the wall, but I never realized it was a narrow space like that and wondered where it got its name. Now I know. 🙂

Love love your Clivias tucked away like that. Babianas are going to be a focus this month for me – loving them. Wow! Your pond is soooo clear and can see the happy fishies! 🙂

The Lilies are another winner! What great colour!!

Hi Christine, your spring is much colder than our autumn. Daytime temperatures are still around the low 30°s. I like the Clivia, how long does it flower, here it is an indoor plant, it would never survive our cold winters. I think your Alley is beautiful, I expect it was difficult to decide how to plant it; I generally find the ‘hard’ partd of a garden end up being the best because I think so hard about making them work well. Christina

Sigh, this is all so pretty and bright! I’m not familiar with Clivia–please tell us more about it. Our temps here are about the same, but we’re heading in the other direction. 🙁

what a marvellous garden, gotta love the clivias, personally i’m more a fan of the yellow ones. the fish in the pond seem to be loving it. and just look at those day lillies, i just LOVE them.

happy gardening

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