by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
On Sunday we drove up to look down on the bay, then walked on the beach. Those 'daily' beach walks were the reason why he moved to False Bay. Sundays we hear the steam train whistle thru, and this week we saw it. Time for a crisp fresh header on my blog.
The weather is turning to winter and we've had a few fires. My vases are getting tired of either white roses or fierce Bougainvillea.
Among our inherited plants the lemon tree is flourishing, both useful and appealing. But Impatiens in a huge pot, a monster purple
Buddleja Mexican sage,
and two (one is going) Bougainvillea
I'm not so happy about. My potted lime has one fruit and more coming. I've
moved the slipper orchid to the protected patio since it has lots of buds!
Aragon and Chocolat enjoy the sun. We have a shadow board of a black cat, and totally confused ourselves when we stood it on the windowsill. Chocolat is not deceived at all. Giraffe now gazes out framed by ta da curtains, and the standard rose is outside the glazed door so we can enjoy it from both sides.
For End of the Month View . We've added two aluminium and glass screens against the wind for the west patio. Chocolat approves and has claimed the Ungardener's chair. He's there in the day ... and at night when I call out Chocolat chirples back - I'm here, very happy, thanks!
We tipped out our compost bin and a hadeda ibis proceeded to work his way around, picking the heap apart and devouring everything he found. As the compost dries and crumbles I'll be able to sieve and use it for the new plants.
For Wildflower Wednesday I gather our indigenous to South Africa plants. Plectranthus madagascariensis and P. oertendahlii have both got delicate spires of white flowers, dancing too briskly for my camera to capture this morning. Both chosen for their leaves. P. madagascariensis in cream and apple green, P. oertendahlii shimmers silver and deep green in the shade.
The Karoo Koppie and pavement planting is beginning to bud and bloom. Plectranthus neochilus has its first flowers. One day it will be an enthusiastic blanket of blue spires. The Crassula planted for its orange leaves has long spires of minute white flowers. Climbing aloe is flowering again after I transplanted it. Pots of Lachenalia rubra are beginning to bloom, nicely opening the Autumn Fire theme the tall aloes will carry in winter.
I need to encourage and plant colour for my vases. Red, salmon and white pelargoniums I could pick, but not enough to harvest yet. Porterville cuttings of Chrysanthemoides monilifera have their first yellow daisies. Chironia baccifera is called tortoise berry, and this is the berry.
Pictures by Diana Studer
of Elephant's Eye on False Bay
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