11 January, 2013

First plant your trees

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

EDITED January 2014

Dozen for Diana 1

If you have been in your present garden for years, look back.  What you tried to plant, then you met that nice lady on the corner, with the beautiful garden ... Imagine a courtyard with a tree to sit under and a little wildlife pond. 
For Diana's Dozen my chosen plant is happy with our mediterranean climate, wet winter, and LONG HOT summer. I prefer indigenous/native South African fynbos. They must have something special, wild life friendly, flowers to pick, fragrance or interesting foliage.

My first Dozen was plants I loved, before I understood the Porterville garden.

Dozen for Diana 2009-2010

05 January, 2013

To False Bay in September

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa



We drove along the False Bay coast. The mountain slopes down to the sandy shore covered in layers and patches of colour. Ticking off what grows in our Porterville garden – white arum lilies, yellow bietou daisy bushes, brown beach sage, pink pelargoniums, and on open patches there is a sea of white rain daisies, a haze of tiny Barbie pink vygies, carpets of yellow and orange daisies, with shrubby Searsia/Rhus bushes. From Mother Nature a colourful wildlife friendly garden, desiring the sandy soil and cool sea breezes, proof against the howling South Easter, and what balm to the human heart.
from The garden at Elephant's Eye in September 2012

One day, we will move to a town house on False Bay.
from Life is what happens in November 2012

In the beginning

Used the misty False Bay image as inspiration for the blog colours.
September 2015 changed the background to beach sand c0c0a0 (from sea glass a0c0a0)
Wettest sand for the text 222222
Singing teal blue to the post title 0a5076
Beach sand for the left and right background c0c0a0
Hover lights up as red seaweed 990000, also the dividing lines
Hover on tab boxes and image frames to sea glass a0c0a0 (in September 2015)

Sea colours at Rocher Pan in November 2013

A gentle reminder to new readers who may not yet have seen the Elephant's Eye which inspired my blog names.  In November we walked at Rocher Pan in the Nature Reserve on the West Coast. Planning sea colours to use in the next house, and on this False Bay blog.

(If you mouse over teal blue text, it turns seaweed red. Those are my links.
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