Our False Bay garden in March
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
On the verge, checking our tapestry hedge for octopus legs that need urgent pruning. That Metalasia has a yummy waft of herbs and honey. Autumn turns purple with Plectranthus. And my yellow daisy has finally read the Summer Gold memo - any colour so long as it's yellow!
|for my Get Well Soon niece|
Sunny yellow, mellow mauve and rich ivory. Love that trio, which garden iris does so well - and I knitted it as a cotton pullover for my mother. (Late for In a Vase on Monday)
|March posy for my Happy Birthday niece|
Need to collage or vase to bling the flowers on my blog. March flowers for Through the Garden Gate with Sarah Down By the Sea in Dorset
|Grow our own food|
Our banana has 3 good leaves (one broken by falling bottlebrush). Lemons and bright blue sky. When I need a green garnish, something to liven up a quick pasta, lemony crunchy Portulacaria afra leaves. Garlic chives and nasturtiums emerging.
|Pruning our neighbour's hedge|
The Ungardener has been hard at work. Up a ladder to reach the glooming hedge. 3 carloads of Australian brush cherry and bottlebrush for municipal composting. Many piles of smaller friendlier stuff run thru our chipper for mulching. Needs a bit more near Strelitzia nicolai for our lemon tree.
|Oldtimer's disease. Remember ...|
Remember the important things. We are charging the car ...
... feed the cats!!
|Sir Gammy Leg hadeda|
Sir Gammy Leg has a left leg which healed badly. But he comes every year with his lady. They teach junior, this is a good garden - wildlife pond to bathe in, thick mulch and lots to eat. When he is old enough for big school they leave him here for the day. Late afternoon the bus HOOTS, leaving now, hop to it!!
|and his hadeda Lady|
Hadeda ibis. His Lady has 2 sound legs.
|Honey bee, ladybird pupa|
I found a tired and hungry bee on the kitchen windowsill this morning - took her to a sunny yellow daisy for breakfast. For Gail at Clay and Limestone and her Wildflower Wednesday Ladybird pupa getting ready to eat the aphids on the roses. On the trellis is the carton nest of cocktail ants (they cock their 'tails' when threatened)
|shield bug with flaming candle spots|
Shield bug, those spots along his side like a row of candle flames.
|March flowers in our garden|
Euryops daisy bush doing yellow. Euryops pectinatus has silvery leaves. 'Weedy' Hypochaeris feeds bees. Hypoxis with 3 ranks of leaves.
Blue Felicia, Plumbago and Plectranthus. Maidenhair fern enjoying the kinder lower autumn sun - me too!
Pink roses, pelargoniums across pinks and white.
The garden is bookended by vibrant orange Tecomaria and Leonotis. This year Boophone is just leaves. Nerine sarniensis buds just opening today...
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Pictures by Diana and Jürg Studer
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