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Sunflowers from sunny Cape Town

Hi all gardening friends!! My year started off very busy work wise and the summer has kept me more outdoors than in! We are experiencing a heat wave in Cape Town these past few days so 32 to 38 degrees is the average!! Whew!! Hot in Philly!! I have to show you my beautiful Sunflowers that were all over my garden this summer. They are now going to seed, but were spectacular this summer.

[one_half]The geometry of nature[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The chickens will be happy!![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sunflower seeds packed beautifully[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The bees were busy on the sunflowers[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Love this photo![/one_half]

[one_half_last]They stood over 6 feet tall[/one_half_last]

[one_half]So many heads per stalk![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Golden yellow sunshine!![/one_half_last]

Lots has been happening in the garden as well so in the next posts I will be sharing with you all the stuff we are changing and moving and adding and subtracting!

Hannes and I have decided to redesign the garden and home to make it more water wise and energy efficient in 2014. This is the theme that will include using grey water and harvesting rain water and including solar water heating and recycling. Lots of new ideas to go GREEN!

Glad to be back and will be sharing our experiences with you!!

Happy gardening in 2014!!!





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.

12 replies on “Sunflowers from sunny Cape Town”

I think the towns people of Philadelphia have a strong rate payers association and get things actioned. we get all our recyclables collected FOR FREE every Wednesday!! So it is easy to recycle. So much sun here, so it is also easy to get solar power for water heating. Rain tanks should be a must in all homes here in Africa. I am sorry it has taken me so long to get it done!!

for Porterville it’s Thursday. And the private entrepreneur with a trailer couldn’t keep up, so they are having to use the municipal truck. Which is good news!

Hi Alan – glad to be missed!
I love sunflowers and it was my mother’s favourite flower, so every year I dedicate them to her!

Lots will be happening – hard landscaping – in my garden so will keep you up to date!!

So good to hear from you! Love the sunflowers. I want to plant sunflower seeds this year. I hope mine turn out as pretty as yours! Can’t wait to hear all you’re doing to go green.

Hi! So glad to be back. I wasn’t really gone – just not online! I find sunflowers easy to grow. I had a few growing from the seeds I threw for the chickens!

It will be a huge transformation so I will keep you posted to all the happenings in my garden!!

Glad to have you back!

I think it’s almost impossible to take bad photos of sunflowers, but yours look extra-good, especially when viewed all together on the page — nice mix of colors and textures there. Your summer posts get me through my winter (especially now in the mid-to-late stages) so show us everything! 🙂

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