Our False Bay garden in October
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Top centre where you can just see the square gable of our boundary wall, which is also our neighbour's garage wall - is where the Ungardener cut back Brachylaena discolor. First session up a ladder with a bow saw was hard on his back! Second time he leant the ladder against the walls.
|Our garden facing into afternoon sun|
Come Through my Garden Gate with Sarah Down by the Sea in Dorset. Now the tree is where I want it. Obscuring the expanse of blank wall but not glooming over us and my roses.
|Brachylaena discolor against the wall|
Looking out we can pretend we are gazing into the heart of the forest - instead of at their garage wall.
|Brachylaena discolor from the window|
I have taken a first slice off our tapestry hedge. That bietou on the corner has a huge dead branch buried in it. Cutting back the front means I have to trim out exposed dead stuff. But there is plenty of vigorous life in Osteospermum moniliferum. Still need to bring down the top so the succulents in the front garden get their sun.
|pruning bietou hedge|
Saturday was my middlest sister's years mind. South Africa rose opened 3 flowers for her sisters. Today there are 7 more buds showing colour (daughters, nieces and granddaughters).
|South Africa rose|
for my middlest sister
We visited a permaculture garden in neighbouring Kalk Bay - and learned that our banana wants 25 litres a day. Since then it has unfurled 2 more lush leaves! Rotheca myricoides which was dead, has pushed up a fresh sprout from its stump. Still revelling in the fragrance from Buddleja salviifolia. Glossy yellow flowers on Psychotria capensis (Rubiaceae). Intense blue from Cape forget-me-not Anchusa capensis (borage family). Seeds and dripping nectar on Melianthus major. Alstroemeria looking happy after rain.
|October flowers from my garden|
I seem to always have pelargoniums in bloom. Pink graveolens with dark veined leaves. Pink with pointed citrusy leaves. Pelargonium x hybridum (was ex hort) in white and salmon (also Barbie pink and scarlet). Ivy pelargoniums in almost white, and raspberry. (More pink with new P. betulinum)
|Pelargoniums from my October garden|
On the pelargonium a geranium bronze butterfly
Quick and easy meal for hungry gardeners. Homemade tomato sauce garnished with shiny deep green spekboom leaves.
I have a backlog of blogs to read. Have been beetling down, buried in iNaturalist and the Great Southern Bioblitz (identifiers) (Cape Town wins on biodiversity - leading at 800 species when I first checked, now 2,500+) I enjoy IDing, but, 4K down ... and 6K (insects, and plants for Africa) to go!
|monkey beetles on Euryops|
Zoe enjoys warm. Yesterday for our elections was cold and wet so we had a 'last late' fire.
|Zoe loves warm!|
Lunch and a sunny garden calling.
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