False Bay garden in October

 

by Diana Studer

- gardening for biodiversity

 in Cape Town, South Africa

 

Engrossed in the Great Southern Bioblitz and identifying All The Lifeforms (Africa later, Western Cape if I can, Cape Peninsula first loyalty) the end of the month caught me by surprise. When we look down this side of the garden - Pink Promise - all the flowers have burst into bloom. That apricot pelargonium scrambles up its friends to look me in the eye!

 

Apricot pelargonium
Apricot pelargonium

Today's photos again to look back at October for Throughthe Garden Gate Down by the Sea in Dorset with Sarah. I like pink (who would have guessed?) Pelargoniums and a came with the garden Oxalis.

 

Pink Promise in pelargoniums
Pink Promise in pelargoniums

Our neighbour has replaced his green and white striped metal awning with a cream sail. Makes such a surprising difference when we look out the kitchen window. Now we see the yellow flowers of Senecio macroglossus, which has succulent 'ivy' leaves. A very good year for this one too!

 

Senecio macroglossus yellow climber
Senecio macroglossus
yellow climber

The Ungardener is feeling his age, and me. We have acquired an electric hedge trimmer. He is carving back careful slices, then I try to tidy the scalped bits. Metalasia muricata looking shocked. Bietou is greening over steadily. My turn to trim the tops to match the front.

 

Tapestry hedge tamed by electric trimmer
Tapestry hedge tamed by electric trimmer

Metalasia muricata, bietou and olive
Metalasia muricata, bietou and olive

Alstroemeria rested during the drought years, but lots of Inca lily flowers again.

 

Alstroemeria Inca lily
Alstroemeria Inca lily

Deep purple Streptocarpus

 

Streptocarpus doing purple
Streptocarpus doing purple

Electric blue Anchusa capensis path prunings rescued for a windowsill vase.

 

Anchusa capensis in electric blue
Anchusa capensis in electric blue

If you are looking for me, I will be buried in iNaturalist. Pictures should be uploaded by 8 November, so we can name That by the 14 November cutoff. Then I can surface back into my garden.

 

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Comments

  1. Your spring is looking promising indeed. I love the apricot Pelargonium. Best wishes with your updates on iNaturalist.

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  2. Springtime for you! So many beautiful things blooming and growing. Enjoy!

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  3. Here we had three solid days of rain for the GSB, and one morning of sunshine. My garden is completely waterlogged. I am worried about plants rotting instead of flowering, particularly things like pelargoniums that would rather be dry. I do have some alstroemerias in flower though, which look just like yours.
    Happy iNat identifying!

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  4. That Anchusa's electric blue---oh my! The apricot Pelargonium is also striking.

    I have an electric hedge trimmer I use here and there--it does make quick work. We've only got time and energy...

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  5. The months fly by so quickly don't they, I always seem to be taken by surprise at the end of the month too! Lovely seeing your pink flowers too it must have been wonderful to see your Alstroemeria Inca lily flowering again. I love them but have never managed to get them to flower here.

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  6. Beautiful! My garden is looking pretty bare now, bar a handful of plants still hanging on.

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  7. I'm picking the Alstroemeria Inca lily as my favorite - I love the intricate details on her. A beautiful flower.
    Amalia
    xo

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  8. I wish we had a Bioblitz here. It sounds great fun. The closest we come is The Great Backyard Bird Count but that is not a competition. P. x

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  9. The collage of pelargoniums looks besutiful!

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