Archive : grasses

Feb 19 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 10 comments

Big clean up!

Today was a go go go day! I had my fabulous hubby as keen to get the garden in great shape. It has been looking shabby and dry and all the spent vegetable plants needed to go. I want to make way for my March planting and get the soil ready for this. I am totally exhausted but so happy that we managed to do the whole garden – every inch was […]

Jan 25 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 25 comments

A few words about grasses on Wednesday

Few words Wednesday - Grasses

I know I go on a bit about ornamental grasses and how much I love them (are you tired of this subject yet?) and so rather than bore you with another one of my rants on how amazing, spectacular and gorgeous grasses are, I thought today I would show you in photographs why grasses belong in my garden … The Mexican Petunia is a beautiful plant in its own right and looks […]

Jan 24 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Heat of the Summer

The heat of the summer days does take its toll on the garden. It is usually 2-3 degrees higher here than in the city of Cape Town. So if my friend, Christine, says its 30 degrees in her garden, than its usually 33 degrees here. A few of my plants are now dropping leaves and flowers – notably the fuchsia, but my neighbour was very surprised to see it still blooming, so […]

Jan 19 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 12 comments

“Grasses” by Nancy Ondra – A Review

Grasses by Nancy Ondra with photographs by Saxon Holt

This month I’m joining Holley of Roses and Other Gardening Joys in doing a book review on a favourite gardening book from my personal library. From front cover to back, “Grasses – Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design” by Nancy Ondra with photography by Saxon Holt, is a visual feast. Even if you don’t read a word of this book you will be inspired to start gardening with ornamental grasses – the […]

Nov 21 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 9 comments

Pretty feather grass

Feather Grass Makro

For a long time I admired the pretty Mexican Feather Grass on many blogs including The Whimsical Gardener (Austin, Texas), Creating my own Garden of the Hesperides (Lazio, Italy) and my local favourite, Elephant’s Eye (Western Cape, South Africa). I really love the look of it and decided I wanted this in my garden. But I’ve learnt over the past few months that the nurseries stock things here in cycles. Mexican Feather […]

Nov 13 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 4 comments

Diary of the Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum "Shenandoah"

I love the grasses Ive planted in my garden these last few months and am looking forward to watching them grow. My first “grass purchase” was earlier this year, in March, when I bought the Panicum virgatum “Shenandoah”, (also known as Red Switch Grass or Shenandoah Switch Grass) and planted into a container. I have lots of sedge growing in my garden, Carex evergold, which has really come into its own this […]

Oct 23 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Shopping + gardening = happiness

Miscanthus sinesis giant variegata

Gardening is supposed to be therapeutic and I sure know that shopping usually makes me feel better, so a visit to the local nursery was what my “inner-doctor” ordered for today. And what a joy it was to find something I’ve been looking for forever! Miscanthus sinesis giant variegata was waiting for me – three of them sitting there (I always buy in threes). So of course they came home with me, […]

Oct 12 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Before and After

I have been watching the growth of my garden and, with the gentle prodding from our friends, I had to do this post to showcase the tremendous change that happened in my small part of the world in the short 6 months since I started my whirlwind, one-woman landscaping exploit. I will do each part separate: I have divided the garden into front, veggie patch (along the side), the fruit tree area […]

Oct 11 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

from wheat fields to vineyards

Today I had a work appointment in Stellenbosch and it is a good hours drive from where I live in Philadelphia (Cape Town, SA…..) I always love the drive because I take all the back roads through farms, wheat fields and vineyards. Imagine if your back garden was a wheat field or a vineyard…….. enjoy! The drive takes me through the dairy farms and the wheat fields of the Swartland to the […]

Oct 04 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Going Green

I had taken a number of photographs towards the end of September because my garden is bursting with green. I don’t know if you remember, but I used Blade Runner on my lawn at the end of July. Julie, from Neutrog, kindly sponsored some samples and all I can say is WOW! I am very impressed! I am so impressed with the look of my lawn – it has never been so […]