26 October, 2016

October in our False Bay garden

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Why do I garden? Half for a view from the window, a place to sit with tea and a good book. Half for biodiversity. 'Build it and they will come' If the leaves aren't nibbled, they aren't earning a place in my garden. I move caterpillars from the potted lime to the large lemon tree, leave snails for the hadeda ibis, plant nectar for sunbirds.

Pink Oxalis found in a False Bay pot then spread as a border

18 October, 2016

Peers Cave and Kirstenbosch

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Peers Cave

When we first walked at our new urban edge in False Bay, we were surprised to cross a tall dune to find a green oasis. There is another street and about three rows of houses between us and The Edge. Suburbia borders pure nature, nothing but footprints.

Walking to Peers Cave

12 October, 2016

Alstroemeria Inca lilies

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

I first saw Alstroemeria - what are those flowers - in my father's wreath 25 years ago. Delicately beautiful lilies, petals intricately patterned, and an unknown flower made a fresh and lasting impression.

Alstroemeria

06 October, 2016

Chelsea Physic Garden and London

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

When I worked at the University of Cape Town I read about the Chelsea Physic Garden opening to the public. In 1987 the day we flew back to Zurich from a London holiday, utterly exhausted we lay on the lawns in the garden. Fast forward to this July. We walked wrong to the Thames entrance, before we reached the Swan Walk Gate.

Sir Hans Sloane