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False Bay garden in July

by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity in Cape Town, South Africa
That low brick curb defends our water meter. On the edge of our driveway where it hopes to snag my tyre as I reverse in. Luckily our road is mostly quiet. We added a new pot, fibre cement painted to match 'I belong to this house'. The plant is another Searsia crenata dune crowberry, proof against the wind, sun and weather. Small leaves and can be kept trimmed compact. With berries for the birds. It was Rhus but that has been claimed for sumac, including the spice in za'atar. Anacardiaceae family ranges from cashews to poison oak.

Bietou bushes Osteospermum moniliferum on the curb have been carefully stripped of leaves by woolly bear caterpillars. Now the velvety new leaves emerge. Strelitzia nicolai has flowers dripping nectar with queuing birds. Very shiny new leaves on trifoliate Searsia crenata fresh from Harry Goemans Garden Centre's intensive care. Happy blue pot filled with Felicia daisies. Sti…

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