False Bay garden in February twentyTutu
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
We always have some flowers and colour. Only one hibiscus flower - but that one is a bunch. Vivid orange Tecomaria against a deep blue sky. Yellow daisies, low shrubby Euryops and climbing Senecio. Bauhinia has one white flower so high up. Garlic buchu with lots of feathery flowers.
|February garden flowers|
I started on the hedge. The short side. Metalasia muricata, which volunteered, is covered in flowers.
|Searsia crenata and Metalasia muricata|
Iceberg is happy in flowers. For Through the Garden Gate. With Sarah in Dorset.
Took a lot off the Brachylaena, but even standing right back in the corner I can't get it all in one picture. More to prune. We found me a garden kneeler / seat - which I need when I battle the dwarf papyrus which eats too much of Froggy Pond.
|Brachylaena and Froggy Pond|
Pink pelargoniums. Above is capitatum with soft velvety leaves. Below I think graveolens with a more herbal smell.
Since Diospyros whyteana has flowers, I can see why it is called bladdernut. Altho it is more squishy Chinese lantern than a hard walnut shell.
|Bladdernut Diospyros whyteana|
Streptocarpus in the pot is delighted to have more room and fresh compost. Those I planted out are finding life in the ground harder.
Edible banana is come 'ere and gimme a hug, the little one is coming up fast.
I went to investigate why I see bees at the bird feeder. After the doves and sparrows have eaten most of the seed, the bees buzz their wings furiously to clear the chaff and leftover seeds which drift down. Then they carefully collect the flour and pack it on their saddlebags. We have made sure the bag of seed we choose has 'flour for the bees'.
|Bees collecting flour from bird feeder|
Meanwhile the garden turns to autumn blues. Mauve Plectranthus, soft blue sky Plumbago and pure azure Anchusa capensis.
|Turning to autumn blues|
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