March in our False Bay garden - Easter bunny and autumn flowers

 

by Diana Studer

- gardening for biodiversity

 in Cape Town, South Africa

 

To those who celebrate - Happy Easter tomorrow. There is chocolate, and dyed eggs to bash in the Swiss tradition.

 

Easter bunny and dyed eggs
Easter bunny and dyed eggs

A neat slit in the clouds, but it blurred closed while I was focusing.

 

Zip the clouds open
Zip the clouds open

First time in the nearly 10 years we have lived here, that I saw baboons. They want to migrate to a new troop, but suburbia. Our neighbour left her windows open, and he found a nice juicy red apple. Much enjoyed while planning how to convince his lady to bring the baby and go to that ridge. Two volunteer monitors were here with them. The baby was gleeful - look - half a loaf of white bread!

 

Baboon with apple
Baboon with apple

The Ungardener offers me - this Searsia beetle - for an iNaturalist photo. Thank you!

 

Searsia beetle
Searsia beetle

Autumn snooze, Zoe was asleep, but that damn camera clicking, then she settled again. When it is chilly she goes in. Too warm and she comes out, makes a carefully calculated leap up, lands on the squidgy top, and settles there. Thomas doesn't need to be in; his luxurious coat is proper winter gear.

 

Zoe, and Thomas - autumn snooze
Zoe, and Thomas - autumn snooze 

Yesterday's sunset, first the wide sky, then down to the golden glow.

 

Sunset yesterday
Sunset yesterday

3 pots of Nerine sarniensis, scarlet with gold sparkles, are opening in turn. Also a delicate pink one, but camera shy. For Through the Garden Gate Down by the Sea in Dorset with Sarah.

 

Nerine sarniensis
Nerine sarniensis

My mother's garlic chives - edible flowers for a pretty garnish. Sunset glow Tecomaria came with the garden. White daisy, and yellow Euryops.

 

Garlic chives, Tecomaria white and yellow daisies
Garlic chives, Tecomaria
white and yellow daisies

Always lavender - this one volunteering around pots and across the path. Plectranthus around the birdbath. Pink Pelargonium. Autumn announced by Hypoestes aristata with curled and spotted ribbon petals.

 

Lavender, Plectranthus Pelargonium, Hypoestes aristata
Lavender, Plectranthus
Pelargonium, Hypoestes aristata

My previous gravatar was from 2015 with pre-COVID lockdown short haircut. Backdrop of invasive ivy, ick. This one is from November on the Suez Canal - long hair up, sunglasses on, and my camera round my neck.

 

November 2023 on Suez Canal
November 2023 on Suez Canal

Our rain water pump died after previous repairs. Now working properly. Then the solar geyser refused to use grid power. In April will get back to our tree-pruning. Then some new fynbos plants.

 

Garden year month by month here, back to November 2014.

 

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Comments

  1. I enjoyed this diverse post, Diana - from the baboon closeup to the sunset pics to the Nerine! You new avatar "do" is great too ;)

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  2. You've been busy, busy. Thanks for sharing the beautiful skylines, and the critters, and the lovely plants. All the best of luck as you move into autumn...it must be a stunning season in your locale. <3

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  3. Love your kitties! Your Thomas is like my Harry - a bit too big for his basket, but he refuses to go in the larger basket. I recognise one of your garden plants which I have here in abundance - garlic chives. Mine self seed crazily - do yours? I don't have baboons though!

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    1. Actually this has been a good year for the garlic chives, usually they struggle. Perhaps they will spread now ?

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