28 January, 2015

New patios in our False Bay garden

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

Before we hurtle into having the house renovated, I look back at January's garden. In December we removed problem trees, in January the patios were sorted.

East patio to lemon tree

19 January, 2015

Tankwa Karoo – birds and bees at the cottages

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

On the Gannaga Pass in the Tankwa Karoo National Park, while my camera took me for a walk, I could hear a bird singing its heart out – All This Is Mine! Cape Bunting. (I’d call it a stripe-headed sparrow).

Cape Bunting on Gannaga Pass

We stayed in the new Elandsberg cottages in September 2011, looking across the late spring flowers to the Gannaga Pass.

13 January, 2015

Tankwa Karoo - Elandsberg, Gannaga, Leeuberg

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

On the map we found an unknown nature conservation area. The Tankwa Karoo National Park. We booked a cottage for the spring flowers in September 2011. The annuals on the plain, as far as the eye could see, were seedheads bobbing in the wind. August would have been different.

In the Karoo, usually there is a sandy rocky river bed, with a ribbon of green winding across the landscape, as the roots reach down to hidden water. Each of our concrete bridges was marked by careful craftsmen with the year it was built. One day we’ll find mine.

Bridge over the Doring River

06 January, 2015

My father's birthday

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

The 6th of January is Twelfth Night when we take down the ornaments. I was looking thru the photograph album my mother made for me. On my first Christmas tree I see Christmas lights – but only a single ornament of silver glass beads. I see the arm of the chair in which I sat when I first read a book!

Christmas past bauble

Turquoise glass pine cone gently dusted with snow, is the only survivor I have from childhood Christmas trees.