October in our False Bay garden and resisting lockdown fatigue
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
I was fraying around the edges with lockdown fatigue. Our COVID laps around the garden focused my eye on changes for the better at each end of our laps. For Through the Garden Gate with Sarah Down By the Sea in Dorset.
I call this paved area inside the garden gate Rose Courtyard for the 2 inherited Icebergs. But Icebergs are not roses to make your heart sing, they are reliable workhorses, fragrant flowers to pick almost year round. At Ludwig's Roses (Chart Farm in Wynberg) Lorraine found me two that will be happy in pots, lots of flowers, long blooming and fragrant. Yellow, and pink, please. I came home with a blessing of roses.
|South Africa rose|
|South Africa rose opening from orange to yellow|
'Sunny today in South Africa' smells fruity, orange buds open to golden yellow.
|Thuli Madonsela rose|
Pink edged white, with a light rose fragrance. Thuli Madonsela was our Public Protector, and part of the profit goes to her social justice project. Both are modern roses, disease resistant, will grow shoulder high and fill that blank wall space.
|New roses for Rose Courtyard|
Now the garden has greened I no longer need the big square pots (moved across for the new roses!) as a physical barrier to prevent stepping off the drop from the patio. Now a tactful visual nudge, the steps, are here - with a few smaller and BLUE pots works. Two more on the sunny side, all with grey leaved Cotyledon orbiculata. Two more on the shady side for the tuberous begonia (which had again outgrown its new pot!)
|Blue pots sunnyside|
and sunnyside up (shade)
Coming and going on the steps with an embracing arc of cobalt blue pots.
|Blue pots coming and going|
The Ungardener wanted those 2 bits of wall covered. I removed the spekboom on the left, making space for a Searsia crenata, which I can prune up to fill the space and cover a window next door. To the right I carved out a space from Hypoestes and Barleria next to the banana. That will be yellow daisy, large shrub, Osteospermum moniliferum
|New plants for the Ungardener|
(left the daisy, right Searsia)
October in blue. Ipheion uniflorum Spring Starflower from Argentina. Streptocarpus enjoying a new larger pot AT LAST! Purple Babiana. Yellow Psychotria capensis. And raspberry pink ivy pelargonium. Succulent Pelargonium carnosum delicate white flowers riding high with fragrant divided leaves. With spotted lichen moth, and a 'dead leaf' Achaea echo moth which I almost brushed off! For Wildflower Wednesday with Gail at Clay and Limestone in Tennessee
|October flowers with moths|
My Californian poppies are mostly orange and yellow, with some russet. And That One in ivory with velvety grey leaves.
Rotheca has lost ALL its leaves, but encouragingly Calpurnia aurea has leafed out again. I am clearing the backlog of small plastic pots from Porterville - a dozen pots of Albuca along the Summer Gold path. Moved inherited bluebells to the compost bin / lemon corner. Planted summer snowflakes Leucojum across from the rain gauge.
|Ivy League laundry|
One good thing I learned (and truth doesn't need you to believe it to make it true, like Tinkerbell in Peter Pan) Laundry with saponins (in German) from ivy leaves. Collect 10 large, dark green, older ivy leaves. Tear into 2 or 3 bits. Tuck in a zippy laundry bag, or tie in a sock. One load of laundry done (in English). Not dyed green. Smells clean, but not of ivy. Inspired by Rostrose in Austria
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