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The second Spring day

Welcome Spring! At last some lovely weather, we’ve had two cold but sunny days. Wonderful sunshine and the plants have perked up by the end of the second day. Welcome Spring!

[one_third]The Azalea AlleyThe Azalea Alley[/one_third]

[one_third]Irises and LiriopeIrises and Liriope[/one_third]

[one_third_last]The lovely AzaleasThe lovely Azaleas[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Delphiniums still in potsDelphiniums still in pots[/one_third]

[one_third]Acanthis mollis budAcanthis Mollis bud[/one_third]

[one_third_last]The sweet HelleboresThe sweet Hellebores[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Salvia are bloomingSalvia are blooming[/one_third]

[one_third]New growth on AzaleasNew growth on Azaleas[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Aren’t they lovely?Aren't they lovely?[/one_third_last]

The Azaleas are the star in my early spring garden. I love all the pink and cerise blooms and after the rains they are all showing lovely fresh growth and beautiful blooms.

The first Ipheon flower has shown its face. I didn’t realise they were such small flowers, quite pretty. The Acanthis mollis has sprouted tons of huge buds. I’ve read (and observed) that allowing them to flower destroys the plant. I have three plants and they have covered a rather unattractive corner with their wonderfully large leaves. I’d like to keep them looking good, so I might remove the buds in a day or two.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend
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 …

9 replies on “The second Spring day”


Im planning to plant Azaleas this weekend, but I need a few tips as I’m not an expert gardener. Can you please drop a few tips with regards to sunshine?shade? watering? soil?
Our property is located in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town.

Hope you would be able to help me

Ah, Spring, my favourite time of the year also. We at one time had Acanthus which bloomed in mid Summer here. I cant remember which form. The flower stems were tall and had leaves which were very architectural, this one bloomed every year. I tried the Liriope Christine but they didn’t survive the Winter.

Oh WOW!! Look at your Azaleas! I just love them. Prompted me to buy them and mine are taking nicely under the shade of the potato plant. Hope they will handle the heat!

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