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!
Today's photos again to look back at October for Through the 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|
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!
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|
|Metalasia muricata, bietou and olive|
Alstroemeria rested during the drought years, but lots of Inca lily flowers again.
|Alstroemeria Inca lily|
Deep purple Streptocarpus
|Streptocarpus doing purple|
Electric blue Anchusa capensis path prunings rescued for a windowsill vase.
|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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Your spring is looking promising indeed. I love the apricot Pelargonium. Best wishes with your updates on iNaturalist.ReplyDelete
Springtime for you! So many beautiful things blooming and growing. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Happy iNat identifying!
That Anchusa's electric blue---oh my! The apricot Pelargonium is also striking.ReplyDelete
I have an electric hedge trimmer I use here and there--it does make quick work. We've only got time and energy...
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.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! My garden is looking pretty bare now, bar a handful of plants still hanging on.ReplyDelete
I'm picking the Alstroemeria Inca lily as my favorite - I love the intricate details on her. A beautiful flower.ReplyDelete
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. xReplyDelete
Spring is gorgeous there!ReplyDelete
The collage of pelargoniums looks besutiful!ReplyDelete