False Bay garden and water in May
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
An autumn storm snapped the hand of lady finger bananas. Time to ripen - turning yellow In A Vase on Monday.
Cape Town Gardening 101. Plant in autumn rain. Your plants settle in during winter. We survive next summer.
Toos van den Berg is closing her nursery. My first choice for indigenous trees and shrubs! New branches will open. Metal owl perches in the Karoo Koppie olive tree. Pappea capensis red berries for birds (between Halleria and Diospyros) in Rose Courtyard. Euryops tall shrub in Summer Gold. In Cornish Stripe Felicia in two blue pots for Wildflower Wednesday, and Buddleja glomerata lime grey leaves to replace Prunus nigra. Psychotria capensis to hide newest rain tank. Waiting for trellis at second rain tank is Dipogon.
I waited patiently till the weather cooperated to visit Fynbos LIFE (Lowland Indigenous Flora Education) nursery. I will return. In Spring Promise Eriocephalus racemosus wild rosemary, white flowers July-Aug, sun (perhaps better for the grey corner anchors than Dusty Miller which needs hacking back and fresh cuttings). Eragrostis curvula x 3 weeping love grass, curly leaves, under our bedroom window in Summer Gold. Psoralea repens x 3 groundcover between paving slabs. Salvia africana-caerula slow growing between Strelitzia nicolai and the lemon tree. Helichrysum cymosum x4 grey leaves 'groundcover' under lemon tree, yellow flowers. Ficinia lateralis (lots of water) waiting to go next to the frog.
He has finished the pebbles between the paving slabs of Rose Courtyard. Pebbles wait to be redistributed along the edges of Froggy Pond. Square pot was replanted in March for the giraffe. Lemon verbena transplanted. S-bend to pond needs the left side replanted. For Through the Garden Gate
Simon's Town 1909 naval dockyard gate with freemasons, the ship Diana from Russia, and a garden wall cleverly constructed from slender gabions.
Hibiscus tiliaceus leaves endlessly fascinating. Tiny bronze and lime gold angels unfold their wings and expand to great green hearts. That had its first flowers here - but sadly on days when I missed photos.
From our May municipal accounts in litres per person per day.
2015 garden 288 litres. Planted the Karoo Koppie and the verge. Our cats were Chocolat and Aragon.
2016 garden 250 litres. More attractive bones, less jungle! With Thomas.
2017 garden 91 litres. Adding the first of three and a half rain tanks.
2018 on our latest account 32 litres. So far in May we used 85 litres, without our rain tanks 20 litres of municipal water. 21 days off-grid using our rain water. We added Neoperl Mikado aerators to our bathroom taps - very low flow, but a powerful spray, with a pretty twirl.
Tom Brown reviews our dam levels each Tuesday (28th May) Our dams are up 3% year on year. Our voluntary target remains 50 litres pp pd.
May flowers. First Lachenalia bulbifera this year. Two sorts of striped Sansevieria behind Froggy Pond. Delicate pink Nerine. Pink pelargoniums. Deep orange Tecomaria. Orange and gold Hibiscus. White flowers and red leaves on Crassula. Yellow Euryops. First stately Aloe ferox flower for this garden. Soft mauve Plectranthus and white Iceberg rose. Spotted leaves of Haemanthus ? Basil for bees. White pelargonium. April violets Barleria. Yellow Senecio creeper. Furry Mexican sage. Flat leaves of Haemanthus ? Frilly fan of Boophone. Spotted Hypoestes and blue butterfly Rotheca.
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