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Autumn in Cape Town

The days are getting shorter and the nights are longer again as we look forward to the cooler weather that comes with Autumn. While Diana in Porterville is enjoying her Nandina for autumn colour, Barbie’s garden in Philadelphia survived the heat of the summer and is still producing an abundant harvest, my garden here in the Southern Suburbs is giving me a few new gray hairs. Last year the Camellias started flowering on the 10th March and this year there are barely any buds in sight. Does the garden think it is still Summer? Probably. It hasn’t cooled down that much and still feels summery most days.

I love my garden in Autumn and Winter. There is always far more going on in it during the cooler seasons. Here are the first of my lovely Japanese Anemones showing their buds. All the plants I planted a few months back are growing beautifully and are covered in buds. I’m really looking forward to the lovely flowers opening.

Japanese Anemone Windflower

In the Northern Hemisphere our gardening friends are enjoying the start of spring. Donna in New York said her favorite sign of spring is that of the first pollinators returning, bees buzzing and birds chirping are always a joy. Andrea in Idaho says it’s time to get back outside to watch a fresh line of spring ‘pretties’ emerge in her garden whilst Alan in St Louis is sowing seeds for his revamped vegetable garden. Holly in Texas is so happy its spring not even the weeds are getting her down and our friend Bag in London celebrates Spring with a study of the London Plane tree throughout the seasons.

How fortunate we are to be able to share in the joys of their spring gardens. When I feel uninspired to garden I “visit” their gardens and get fresh inspiration to prepare for spring. I’m already dreaming of Irises and Lilies … but for now I am still enjoying my Autumn blooms.

Patio roses

The Patio Rose above (a Woolworths special) is pretty in a pot on the outside table. I wonder what they are fed before they are offered for sale? This plant has been flowering non-stop for a few weeks now. On the opposite side of the garden the Petunias are still doing their thing in the Camellia bed, tumbling over the edges of the bed and wandering over the stoned area. Lovely. I wonder for how much longer.


In the other beds where I have deep shade I planted lots of white Impatiens. They’ve been delightful all summer – easy plants requiring hardly any attention while providing a splash of white prettiness in dark corners. Unfortunately one bed has been spoilt by cutworm decimating two of the nine plants. Not sure which I dislike more, the moles or cutworms.


I’ve really enjoyed the summer. I learnt a lot again and enjoyed making my garden more birder-friendly in the last three months. Lots of different birds made appearances at various times including a family of Rooibeksysies, the baby doves that posed for a photo shoot and lots of other birds I’ve peviously written about.


I planted a few Dahlias earlier in the season. I’ve had amazing lush green growth from the few bulbs I planted and am thrilled how they have “greened up” a large bare area that I had at the back. But the flowers have been disappointing. No mass of these pretty blooms, just a couple. I wonder if I did something wrong? Or perhaps the area I planted them in really does not get ample sun for Dahlias.

I’ve joined up with Donna and friends for Seasonal Celebrations over at Garden’s Eye View. Why not join and share your Spring or Autumn garden with us!

Happy Gardening

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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 …

22 replies on “Autumn in Cape Town”

Wonderful post! You have plenty of flowers after the hot summer and your narrative made the tour even more special.

I also enjoy my trips to the other side of the globe through reading blogs like yours and others you have linked.

Those are really beautiful roses – their petals looks very well layed.
Hope you will enjoy your spring blooms soon.

Its always tropical in my garden – thanks for the visit.

What a lovely post – looking in your garden, it feels like spring! So much colour and lovely flowering plants. I am looking forward too to cooler weather 🙂

Oh I LOVE LOVE our new Facebook pages!!! You do me proud, my friend!!

Your garden looks beautiful. I love the patio rose, and I am glad it is doing so well for you. I have Japanese anemones too and love them, but I have to wait a long time for mine to bloom. I am hoping you will post more pictures of yours.

Hello Christine, I enjoyed your post on Autumn in Cape Town. How strange to say that with Spring having just arrived in our part of the world. I do like your picture of the Anemone in bud, I will see this in our garden, probably in five months time.

Hi Christine – thanks for the link.
I kind of have a love-hate relationship with my anemone. The way you write about yours makes me feel a bit guilty for digging mine out – no doubt it’ll return anyway, probably through my patio stones. Your rose from Woolworths looks really healthy. We used to have Woolworths in the UK – whenever I needed something and wasn’t sure what shop would sell it, I would always check Woolworths first.

Hi Bag – Our Woolworths here is related to your Marks & Spencer – they often sell M&S merchandise. I’m so surprised you are not that enamoured with the anemone – I thought everybody loved them 🙂

March is our first Autumn month downunder as well, of course. I also love gardening from Autumn through to early Spring. That’s definitely the best time for the garden, when the summer sun and heat are over. It’s lovely to see your gorgeous Rose and that pure white Impatiens. I find Dahlias prefer sunnier spots. I’ve never had much luck with them if I grow them in dappled shade.

Hi Bernie – totally agree! I much prefer gardening in Autumn. Its still too hot here right now to do anything substantial in the garden. Will have to give the Dahlias a miss next year – I just don’t have enough sun for them 🙁

Spring is really not upon us yet and the snow is still covering the garden, but the temperatures will be about 60° next week and it will feel like Spring anyway. Your pretty flowers remind us what will be on the way in a few long months.

Hi Donna – We had a scorching 39 degrees centigrade today (102 degrees F) so its not at all Autumny yet here except for the leaves starting to fall and a few autumn bloomers peeping through …

It really is strange to read about the approach of autumn as we are celebrating the start of spring. Your first photo of the Japanese Anemones really brought it home to me, as today I was removing their old stems as the new growth was just poking through the soil. Enjoy your autumn blooms.

And I enjoyed your Crocuses – they reminded me that I need to get my bulb orders in! I’m planning the spring garden now and getting lots of inspiration from your blog 🙂

You are a sweetheart for this lovely post, for joining the meme and encouraging others….I love your fall garden and the dreams of anemones are a fresh memory still…I am still in disbelief that spring is here in the North…I hope I am ready….

Of course Donna! It was a fun meme!

You sound very ready for spring. I’m a little envious right now, but so lucky to be able to share in your spring garden online! I was just thinking how this is something our Grandmothers never got to enjoy.

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