April in our False Bay Garden and a fresh blog
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Two years ago the builders left us with a renovated house, and a garden which was bare sand at the front and along the three garden sides of the house.
Two years in which the winter rains failed and our dams are emptying fast. We have 110 day of water left. We may no longer use tap water outside (garden, pool, hosing paving, car washing) Yesterday we had thundershowers and a grateful five millimetres, with more promised for Sunday. Our water use has gone from 16 kilolitres in January like there's no tomorrow. To 12 Kl in February we began to think about our water usage. To 9 Kl in March we tried harder. To 7 Kl in April we fight down to 100 litres per person per day. And below that for May!
Winding down the west, afternoon sun side of the house, the inherited green boundary has the echo which I planted.
The nearer half is Summer Gold, with yellow flowers. Senecio creeper lives on the kitchen trellis. Mandela's Gold Strelitzia does the primary red, blue and yellow. Yellow daisies are Euryops. Natal laburnum dangles trusses of golden yellow flowers. Clear yellow flowers on Bulbine.
The distant half is Spring Promise. White flowers (Iceberg rose and wild jasmine) for pink and white prettiness with pelargoniums and a wild forest hibiscus.
The front garden was brick paving, a terraced retaining wall, and sand. The tiny once potted olive is slowly reaching a gnarled and good tree shape. On the Karoo Koppie I want Autumn Fire, tongues of orange and red. Californian poppies. I inherited brash orange Tecomaria. Tree fuchsia Halleria blooms are weirdly hidden far from the leaves and close to the trunk - a magnet for sunbirds. Scarlet pelargoniums. Gold dusted scarlet Nerine sarniensis.
At the bottom of the garden, the chilly south-facing side, Froggy Pond is appreciating that rain. The raised beds along Woodland Walk are satisfyingly green.
The gentler east, morning sun side, and the Washing Pergola needs painting, cherry red has faded to a nasty maroon. Blue and pink purples paint Plectranthus, Mexican sage, Hypoestes ribbon-bush, Rotheca (Oxford and Cambridge) and Barleria (April violets) with a happy white Hypoestes.
For Wildflower Wednesday all indigenous to South Africa (except Iceberg rose, Californian poppy, Coprosma, Dusty Miller, Santolina, Mexican and culinary sage)
For Through the Garden Gate a green two year old.
Fresh Soho blog
I check my blog stats monthly. I clear crawl errors. Analytics and Blogger tell me my mobile readers are almost non-existent. David Kutcher pointed out - that doesn't mean we can forget them, it means our site is unfriendly. Blogger has new mobile responsive themes - Peggy K has a short video clip and is always helpful when I flounder. 'Your problem' may already be resolved at the Blogger Help Forum. I have moved from the old Simple (still used on my previous blog) to the new Soho.
Do start on a test blog. First panic is no navbar - so you need to login via blogger.com Mobile readers never saw the sidebar, now all readers can click the hamburger icon top left (for my blogroll)
I have a few more details to sort - but the fresh blog is decluttered. Since the header image is also responsive (stretched or squashed to fit your device) I have changed to a sun, sea and shore texture from Rocher Pan.
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