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March in two gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

The simmering heat of Summer should be behind us on this our 13th combined post for March’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Instead we are battling temperatures in the high 30’s this week – 39° today again and not even a hint of a breeze! We are both looking for that zing again that has us babbling on about our gardens. The heat has taken its toll, but with the resilience we have seen, it is all about lessons learnt and knowledge gained.

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

Its supposed to be Autumn in Cape Town … but today was another of those days that was so hot it was impossible to do much other than wish for cooler weather! I worry about some of the plants when it gets this hot. Some absolutely love the heat (the thatching reed seems to grow inches every day) whilst others hang their pretty heads from heat exhaustion. I’m itching to get back into the garden so I hope that cooler weather is on its way. Here is what is flowering in my garden right now …

[one_half]Lots of Gaura in bloom nowLots of Gaura in bloom now[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The new, cute daisies I plantedThe new, cute daisies I planted[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The first Japanese Anemone openedThe first Japanese Anemone opened[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Calibrachoa going strongCalibrachoa going strong[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The lovely blue HydrangeaThe lovely blue Hydrangea[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And the bright pink oneAnd the bright pink one[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My favourite – the Mexican PetuniaMy favourite - the Mexican Petunia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And the regular PetuniaAnd the regular Petunia[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Patio rose in red …Patio rose in red ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]and one in pinkand one in pink[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Abutilon is still in bloomAbutilon is still in bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hibiscus attracts the birdsHibiscus attracts the birds[/one_half_last]

[one_half]I like this very blue LobeliaI like this very blue Lobelia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My roses are doing greatMy roses are doing great[/one_half_last]

[one_half]I’m trying something new …I'm trying something new ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Dahlias are floweringDahlias are flowering[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A promise of things to comeA promise of things to come[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I really love these I really love these [/one_half_last]

[one_half]More Icebergs showing offMore Icebergs showing off[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Heliotropium ends the showHeliotropium ends the show[/one_half_last]

That’s all from me … let’s see what’s flowering in Barbie’s Garden!

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

It might not be my best show, but at least there is still a bit of colour. However, the same flowers are on show, so this is my cue to start planning my garden and be a bit more adventurous with creepers and ground covers and salvias and flowering herbs and fruit trees with beautiful blossoms. Most of my herbs are going to flower so….A fresh new face is needed!!

[one_half]Tansy – a great insect repellant[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sweet Basil gone to flower[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Spearmint in flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The last of the sunflowers[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Chives in flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The last of the Cosmos[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The Alyssum in the grass patch looking nice[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Calibrachoa has lost its Vooma[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Still love my Salvia Hot Lips![/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Awakening of the pink Guara[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Cleome never stops flowering[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My Coral Nymph salvia survived the heat[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pineapple sage flowering[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A small self-seeded borage plant in bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Roses are not at their best, I’m afraid[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Comfrey-a great plant and a delicate bloom[/one_half_last]


About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Join Carol and friends over at May Dreams Gardens for March Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to see what other gardeners around the world have blooming in their gardens today. 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!

Thank you for joining us!

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Happy Gardening!

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

24 replies on “March in two gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day”

Lovely to see some other southern hemisphere gardens! You’ve had a much hotter summer than we had in NZ this year, it’s a shame you can’t just bottle up 9 degrees or so and send it over! We’d all be happier 😛 Happy bloom day 🙂

Love the pink Guara! Actually, all your blooms are exceptional. One would never know you were battling extreme heat–your plants still look great! Happy GBBD to both of you!

How lovely it is to see gardens from around the world, here in London we are having a very nice spring and there are spring flowers all around us, whilst you are at the end of your summer 🙂 Lovely photos, Happy Bloggers Bloom Day to both of you!

I was a bit confused when I read about temps in the 30s, then saw all those blooms, until my brain told me it was celsius. I looked at a chart, and saw you are in the 90s! Oh, my! Well, your blooms all look quite cheerful!

Oh, I love seeing both gardens! SO MUCH fun stuff to see and your post has given me so many ideas of what I want to grow this year since it is just almost Spring up here. I definitely will be hunting for the Mexican petunia and thank you so much for reminding me of Tansy, gaura and cleome. Happy GBBD to you both!

I know how you feel when the heat is bearing down – like you’re withering as much as the flowers! But both of your gardens have some beautiful blooms. Seems like the roses, calibrachoa and gaura all love the heat!

I love visiting your gardens each month. It is so lovely seeing all the color and variety. Barbie, your garden is a little more subtle, but just as beautiful. You have such a variety of textures along with the color.

My thatching reeds are fading and battling. I think lurking builder’s rubble has offended them. That and the heat. I’m still dripping, sigh! At least the evening rolls in sooner and the nights are cool. Wonder if we have to adjust to accepting March as another full on summer month. Maybe April, will let us plant in the gaps.

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