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January in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

It’s High Summer here in the Cape as we do our eleventh combined post for January’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Now is the time we sit back and relax and enjoy the heat and the fruits of our gardening labours. We hope you enjoy our blooms!

Here’s whats blooming in Christine’s Garden in January 2012

Thank you for joining me in my Summer garden. I hope you enjoy …

[one_half]Gloriosa Lily I grew from bulbGloriosa Lily I grew from blulb[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bower vine is covered in flowersPandorea jasminoides is covered in these[/one_half_last]


[one_third]White ImpatiensWhite Impatiens[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Duranta AlbaDuranta Alba[/one_third_last]

[one_half]Salvia coccineaSalvia coccinea[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Rosa IcebergRosa Iceberg[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Blue PetuniasBlue Petunias[/one_half]

[one_half_last]and lots of pinkAnds lots of pink[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Impatiens and ‘roses’Impatiens and 'roses'[/one_third]






[one_half_last]’Mona Lavender’'Mona Lavender'[/one_half_last]




[one_half]Spot the orangeSpot the orange[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Gerbera daisiesGerbera daisies[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]More CalibrachoaMore Calibrachoa[/one_half_last]




[one_half]Murraya ExoticaMurraya Exotica[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Vireya RhododendronVireya Rhododendron[/one_half_last]


Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in January 2012

Well, 2011 has been such an active year for me in the garden and I can boast a bit now with all the blooms this summer. The heat is setting in, so I am looking at doing less of the hard work and more of the lazy work, like watering the garden! I am thrilled with my first time ever sunflowers. They really bring the sun!! But my garden may not be as colourful as Christines’. Relax with me and sit back and I hope you will enjoy what’s blooming in my garden…

[one_half]Sunflowers – the Teddy Bear Variety

[one_half_last]Sunflowers in the veggie patch[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The Fuchsia is still here, even in this heat[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Potato bush is in full bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Hot Lips Salvia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Such a lovely bush – Hot Lips Salvia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My Miscanthus is also blooming[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Switch Grass is looking so beautiful[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Lavender back in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Alysum looking sweet[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pink Comfrey[/one_half]


[one_half]Roses are only now looking good[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Coriander in bloom – awaiting the seeds[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pineapple sage[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lemon Verbena[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Erigeron (fleabane)[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Viola grown from seed[/one_half]

[one_half_last]White Gaura[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Celery in flower – how pretty[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Coral Nymph Salvia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My Cleome awaiting planting[/one_half]


[one_half]A hidden courgette flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lemon blooms[/one_half_last]

About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Join Carol and friends over at May Dreams Gardens for January Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to see what other gardeners around the world have blooming in their gardens today – and check out the German version at Seepferds Garten for Blogger Blüten in Januar! And if you haven’t joined yet and have some blooms you’d like to show off, please join in the fun of showcasing your blooms! We’d love to see what YOU have blooming in YOUR garden right now!

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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 …

15 replies on “January in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day”

Hi, i wonder if anyone can help, for years now i have been searching for the bulbs of Gloriosa Lily, also known as Flamy Lily, i live in Goodwood, Cpe Town, can anyone help me find some? My contact details is 0796239086

You both have beautiful gardens this January with a nice variety of blooms and colors. I love the teddy bear sunflowers. I grew some last summer in a container, and they did well like that, but it sure would be nice to have nice tall teddy bears like Barbie. happy GBBD!

So colorful! Love your calibrachoa and the sunflowers! I like looking at your blooms because you grow a lot of white flowers. I need to grow more of this color in my garden. Happy GBBD!

Now summer has arrived my gardening has moved to the evening slot, squeezing dinner in between. My roses have to be picked for the vase, or the midday turns them to toasted has-beens.

Christine – you have sorted your – I want more Colour!

Hi Diana – yes, lots of colour, but lots of problems too all of a sudden. Bugs, bugs, bugs all come with the summer heat :). Lots of white blooming too. Am also gardening late – can’t do anything before 6pm here.

It’s amazing how much your two gardens look exactly like mine right now… except in every possible way. Beautiful!

Christine: does Calibrachoa attract bees or other pollinators?

Barbie: That doesn’t look like the “flowers” of Miscanthus. Are you sure of the ID? If so, what species or variety is it?

Hmmm, Alan, I will have to check, to be honest I haven’t seen bees on it, I read it attracts dirds, but I haven’t seen them there either. I will watch it and let you know. I think Barbie has confused that, it looks like the Panicum virgatum flowers – that’s how mine look too.

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