To False Bay in September

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

We drove along the False Bay coast. The mountain slopes down to the sandy shore covered in layers and patches of colour. Ticking off what grows in our Porterville garden – white arum lilies, yellow bietou daisy bushes, brown beach sage, pink pelargoniums, and on open patches there is a sea of white rain daisies, a haze of tiny Barbie pink vygies, carpets of yellow and orange daisies, with shrubby Searsia/Rhus bushes. From Mother Nature a colourful wildlife friendly garden, desiring the sandy soil and cool sea breezes, proof against the howling South Easter, and what balm to the human heart.

One day, we will move to a town house on False Bay.
from Life is what happens in November 2012

In the beginning

Used the misty False Bay image as inspiration for the blog colours.
Background is beach sand c0c0a0 (from sea glass a0c0a0)
Wettest sand / dried kelp for the text 222222
Singing teal blue on the post title 0a5076
Second text colour in red seaweed 990000

Sea colours at Rocher Pan in November 2013
Sea colours at Rocher Pan in November 2013

Update April 2017

Changed from the Simple Template to the Soho Theme. Keeping the same colours and Arial for the text. Georgia for titles and block quotes. (Have lost the hover colour option, and the sidebar is now hidden behind the hamburger icon)

A gentle reminder to new readers who may not yet have seen the Elephant's Eye which inspired my blog names.  In November we walked at Rocher Pan in the Nature Reserve on the West Coast. Planning sea colours to use in the next house, and on this False Bay blog.

(Teal blue text is my links)


  1. An exciting new chapter in gardening about to start. I'm slowly getting there. My building work is nearly done and the palm trees are gone, so the planning has started as well.