24 February, 2016

Our False Bay garden in February

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Young Thomas Gray is doing what we missed, helping us in the garden. The Ungardener has been working on Froggy Pond. Thomas has discovered that he can leap up onto the post of the boundary wall, from where he can chat to little Ginger next door. Hadedas are about his size, but, that beak! We trim OAP Aragon's claws, so she doesn't get trapped in her rug.

Thomas (Gray) and (Catherine of) Aragon

17 February, 2016

Karoo violets and birds, to Matjiesfontein

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

(In November 2010 we went to the Karoo National Park to see the lions and their new Lunch)

Karoo violets have such a wonderful intense colour. From our flower book I didn’t realise quite how tiny this plant is. That is the toe of my boot for scale. Aptosimum indivisum in the Scrophulariaceae (with our Diascia, Freylinia, Halleria, Linaria and Nemesia– and your Antirrhinum, Digitalis and Penstemon). Like most Karoo plants will also flower after rain. Pollinated by tiny pollen wasps. Could be used between paving slabs in a hot dry climate. Info from PlantZAfrica

Karoo violets

10 February, 2016

Summer Gold star and fire on Peers Hill

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

This bulb has travelled with us thru three gardens. Sometimes planted in the ground, but since I chose it for the three ranks of leaves, it sings more clearly in a pot. Once bought at Kirstenbosch, the bulb is now substantial!

Hypoxis flowers, fading by midday

03 February, 2016

With leaf ears in Gondwana

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

These are the Karoo animals which had to adjust to a new world which contains lions, who see them as Lunch.

Easy to identify. Head turned to gaze at you. The large ears spread so you can see the leaf pattern made by the 'veins'.

Steenbok with 'leaf' ears
Top right is the female