30 December, 2014

Karoo drought and fracking

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Three icons of the Karoo

An Aloe against snowy mountains in July 2008. The Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden is in the Klein Karoo with succulents which are adapted to winter rain.

July Aloe and snow at the National Botanical Garden in Worcester


24 December, 2014

Christmas garden on False Bay

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

We have been in our new old garden for a month. The last of the problem trees have been removed. Australian bottlebrush trees, one a Dr Seuss trunk with all the flowers and leaves up at the roof, the other blocking the view.

Two bottlebrush trees to go

09 December, 2014

Artists at work

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

'Sharing the Creative Process' blogs I enjoy.

Valerie Littlewood at Pencil and Leaf finds out what makes this bee unique, and how to show that in her composition. Which Plant does This Bee prefer?

'I changed the painting, made her a little smaller and daintier, and, in tribute to their unsung work in the orchards, she is now flying up towards apple blossom. .. I think this will also be the title of the painting…There Will Be Apples.'


There will be apples