False bay garden in September
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Today's photos except the guineafowl visitor, but I will use them to look back at last month for Through the Garden Gate Down by the Sea in Dorset with Sarah. A bit more pruning, but not much gardening. Maybe in October?? Dombeya burgessiae flowers hang down, but vivid seen against a deep blue sky.
My pink and white for Spring Promise. Mostly pelargoniums. With white garlic buchu and a commonorgarden Oxalis.
|September in pink pelargoniums|
Swoony waft of honey from Buddleja salviifolia. In afternoon shade a happy border of Veltheimia. My mother's tuberous begonia, vivid coral flowers with intricate architecture.
|with Buddleja in September|
For Summer Gold yellow and tangerine Bulbine. Up close to Carpobrotus edulis. Hypochaeris or hawkweed is cosmopolitan, but this one weedy flower is heaving with 3 sorts of beetle.
Bietou, yellow daisy bush growing into a tree next to the banana (watered by the Ungardener and pushing out the next leaf). Compost volunteer Cape gooseberry. Golden leaved variety of Portulacaria afra. Limy Albuca. Yellow Euryops.
|Yellow September daisies|
Blue and white intention for Cornish Stripe with Coleus neochilus and Osteospermum fruticosum.
|Blue and white vignette for September|
White Albuca bracteata. Happiness is blue Felicia. Gifted blue Salvia waiting hopefully for carpenter bees. Deepest blue Anchusa capensis the Cape forget me not.
|Blue and white flowers for September|
Streptocarpus bud along the path. White pelargonium dotted around the garden. Purple topknot on lavender. Missed the better photo op but lots of Babiana spikes.
|September in lavender and white|
Turning to Autumn Fire. All those unusual colours. Burgundy chocolate for flowers. Glaucous softly toothed leaves. Limy gold interesting seed capsules. Melianthus major
Self seeded nasturtiums began as deep russet and now choose their own colours each year. And they smell delicious as I take the photos. Pillarbox red pelargonium and orange Californian poppy.
|Fiery September flowers|
I was looking at flowers, but Euphorbia mauritanica supports pollinators. And a matching yellow Thomisus spider, with lunch plated for Instagram. Lime gold flowers turn orange when pollinated. Monkey beetle on nasturtium.
|Little lives on September flowers|
Woken by a vociferous guineafowl. Those feathers inspire artists - the potter from Clanwilliam who glazed this bowl. My niece who embroidered them for me!
|First guineafowl visitor|
For October perhaps I will catch 1st November to post. Hiking, reading, and struggling with iNaturalist which is unwilling to show me pictures.
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