False Bay garden and water in July
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Pink chrysanthemums from my sister, combine with Dusty Miller leaves and lavender and Iceberg roses from my garden.
For Through the Garden Gate with Sarah in Dorset. Open the kitchen door to Cornish Stripe. Yellow daisies on a climbing Senecio macroglossus. Dipogon lignosus at the rain tank has reached its first two fingers on the trellis! For the 'blue', lavender, Polygala myrtifolia and Hypoestes. White perennial basil for our bees, Pelargonium and fragrant Freesia.
Down the path and around the corner to Froggy Pond at the bottom of the garden. Sansevieria and Cyperus along the wall to camouflage pipes. Delicate pink Pelargonium.
This is what happens when the Ungardener walks thru the patio door. While it's closed. He was unhurt but shocked, and the NOISE! We have added 'the eagle has landed' stickers to 3 glass doors.
Open the door to Rose Courtyard, where Thomas mentors Zoë as she flies solo on neighbourhood watch. Headless cat as she tracks the noise of the camera shutter. Thomas being Swiss and enjoying the last rays of evening sun before the First of August. The wild orchid Corycium which we rescued from our Porterville garden - three flowers this year. Great fronds of Melianthus (definitely Major!) fill the Courtyard.
We went to Mary-Ann's in Gordon's Bay. After lunch we drove up to the view point at Steenbras Dam and saw whales in False Bay.
In the corner wrapped around Froggy Pond is Summer Gold. Mandela's Gold Strelitzia, Euryops yellow daisy, leaves of Salvia africana-lutea, golden yellow Hibiscus.
Circling back towards Rose Courtyard via Spring Promise. Grewia, variegated Coprosma and silver Dusty Miller. Pink and white flowers - tiny garlic buchu Agathosma apiculata and pink bells of Dombeya burgessiae. July flowers (indigenous except chrysanthemum, lavender, Iceberg rose and Hibiscus) for Wildflower Wednesday with Gail in Tennessee.
Discovered too late that we could have tried photographing via my binoculars. These are handheld with his camera.
Full circle to the front at Karoo Koppie. Butter yellow feathery flowers of a wild sedge. Red Pelargonium, climbing Aloiampelos ciliaris and dangling terracotta Cotyledon orbiculata. The owl keeps watch.
From our July municipal accounts in litres per person per day.
2015 garden 250 litres. Planting Spring Promise
2016 garden 233 litres. Counting up the gaps in our garden. Surviving Halleria fills in at the verge.
2017 garden 78 litres. We added the second rain water tank.
2018 on our latest account 16 litres.
In July we used 80 litres, without our rain tanks it is 30 litres of municipal water. 17 days were off-grid using our rain water. June rain was so promising, but sadly July was below average and August looks doubtful.
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