False Bay garden in July
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Colourwashed sky for sunset with great towering clouds and the moon. Winter smog still very much with us.
|Sunset with towering clouds and moon|
Inspired by hoverboo Piece of Eden and KrisP Late to the Garden Party in California. Who evaluate their plants, and move them around. Are you happier here, better friends to play nicely with?? I planted Kumara plicatilis in 2015; it has four fans of leaves. Fan aloe is one of our few fynbos aloes. No flowers yet, is it too shady between olive tree, bietou hedge, and exploding spekboom?
|Kumara right centre in too much shade|
It was hidden away. Now with the gate open wide for Through the Garden Gate Down by the Sea in Dorset with Sarah it is a focus at the top of the steps, and thru the bay window.
|Open garden gate|
We have four aloes in the picture. Aloe ferox (dead flowerspike) Aloe marlothii (blooming!) Kumara plicatilis (fanned leaves) Aloe striata (flowerbuds)
Had to make space for ferox and I carved back the front third of Tecomaria capensis hedge. Now I can enjoy the hoopoe on the wall again. Ugly bare branches are greening over and I have planted cuttings from Cotyledon orbiculata. Original plants are lolling over the paving slabs. Muted orange and grey green calyx and leaves - understated quiet joy.
|Tecomaria hedge cut back hard for hoopoe|
Aloe ferox breathing easier. Clouds of bees buzzed me as I photographed Aloe marlothii flowers.
|Karoo Koppie aloes with bee|
Today he is hiking from the gate at Cape Point to Gifkommetjie. About 6 hours. But in July we did a compromise walk together. Between the lighthouses, as we did last July. Furthest mountain is Devil's Peak and Table Mountain, familiar silhouette for Cape Town. Wild rosemary Eriocephalus africanus, sparkling white flowers invigorated by burgundy and yellow centres. Black girdled lizard was hard to photograph, when I realized too late he was catching, and eating lunch.
Returning to my garden for July flowers. Limy gold Albuca in the wall planter. Starbursts of garlic buchu Agathosma apiculata. Blue Salvia for carpenter bees hopefully. Buds and flowers on pregnant onion Albuca bracteata. Potted Knowltonia vesicatoria with Pelargonium.
|July garden flowers|
Pink Thuli Madonsela roses from bud to fullblown. Iceberg are eternal (not melted by climate change)
|Two roses in July|
Zöe smiling in the late afternoon winter sun. She has a daily appointment for that slot - now!
A caracal was seen, resting in a tree in an urban edge garden of our suburb.
Meet Bridget. Muizenberg Bridge who eats a truck a day.
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I love that sunset sky, Diana. You have a host of beautiful Aloe blooms - HooverBoo has a much more expansive collection of Aloes than I do but I'm working on mine! I've yet to get my own fan aloe, a division gifted to me years ago by a friend, to bloom. Seeing a caracal would be a treat. Sadly, your caracal seems to be experiencing the same dangers faced by mountain lions (aka cougars) here, where all too many are hit by cars or affected by poisons used by the human population to kill rodents.ReplyDelete
Life is harsh on the urban edge for wildlife. Our baboons too. Sad.Delete
Amazing sky in your first image! Its lovely to see your aloes in flower and your garden gates wide open welcoming us in! Your roses are beautiful just hope we can continue to grow ours with the higher temperatures!ReplyDelete
In our drought years our roses got grey water from the washing machine. And they are in pots. Chose a laundry detergent that is plant friendly.Delete
I have never seen such a sunset. Wonderful!ReplyDelete
Great photo through the gate, and your Aloes are wonderful! Actually, all the views are beautiful and inspiring. (Hi, Zoe!)ReplyDelete
Your Kumara will soon be happier in more sunshine. A wonderful plant--I cherish mine. I read many times that the best gardens involve quite a lot of moving of plants--so I am learning to move them, even though I would very much rather not. But helping them be their very healthiest is worth the effort.ReplyDelete
Your garden is looking like it is enjoying winter! Great to see that.
The cloud and sky photo, and the misty ocean and mountain photos are stunning.