False Bay garden in June
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
The spekboom is taller that the giraffe. When I planted the cutting in March 2018 the giraffe was the tall looking down his nose one.
|Giraffe watching the spekboom grow|
Still on a mission to prune and tidy the neglected plants after the wall was raised. Took a substantial chunk off the Searsia crenata behind the lemon tree. When it has recovered, will take off the next tall slice. Also making space for Indigofera jucunda against the wall (somewhat battered when the ivy 'wall' was towed away!)
|Rescuing the lemon tree and Indigofera|
What has stripped all the leaves off the Senecio tamoides which was meant to screen a rain tank? From iNaturalist tiger moth caterpillars.
|Tiger moth caterpillars|
In the tapestry hedge gap Halleria lucida, planted 2 years ago, has achieved hedge height. Maurocenia frangula with shiny cherry red new leaves is filling in slowly. Each end of the hedge is anchored by bietou with intense yellow daisy flowers.
|In the tapestry hedge|
Metalasia muricata has faded and sheds grey seeds. Pruning carefully around the cocktail ants carton nest
|Ants carton nest|
Olea is about twice as tall as I think it is, when seen thru the bay window. And behind it Brachylaena discolor again towers over our neighbour's garage - cut cut cut. Trimming back carefully to lighten for Kumara plicatilis (didn't expect this supposedly sunny and open part of our garden to close in so much!)
|Olea left and Kumara tucked in the far right|
Aloe marlothii blooms bravely to the left but needs more space. To the right Aloe ferox has buds, some space, but needs the hedge topped for more sun.
|Aloes need rescuing|
Glowing in reds. Orange Chasmanthe bulbs. Smaller but just as vigorous red Lachenalia bulbs. Psychotria capensis has red berries for our birds.
|June flowers and berries in red|
June roses. Tight bud on South Africa and always Icebergs. Suiting this grey chilly day with rain bucketing down this morning, after yesterday's feverish berg wind. You want weather? We have it.
I am using a small card (instead of my fingers) to convince the camera to see What I See, thank you. Pattern on Hypoestes aristata standard. Topknot on French Lavandula dentata. Happiness is blue Felicia. Cotyledon orbiculata with glaucous grey leaves and muted orange flowers.
|June flowers in blues|
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