28 May, 2015

Our False Bay garden in May

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

On Sunday we drove up to look down on the bay, then walked on the beach. Those 'daily' beach walks were the reason why he moved to False Bay. Sundays we hear the steam train whistle thru, and this week we saw it. Time for a crisp fresh header on my blog.

False Bay beach


21 May, 2015

Of Imperial tea and ruby grass

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

Once upon a time, on the shores of a Northern lake, a wide-eyed South African girl found a tea shop. I grew up with a choice of Five Roses. In my lunch hour I would explore my way thru words and flavours. First flush Darjeeling – too fierce for me, passed it on to a colleague who had lived in Kashmir. Smoky Oolong – his favourite. Vanilla tea – with slivers of a vanilla orchid seed pod. Even our rooibos.

Tea caddy, Chinese cha


13 May, 2015

Karoo Koppie and the hell strip on the verge

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

Update - September 2015 with a tab/page for the Karoo Koppie before and after.

On the first day I planted the hell strip, between the palisade fence and the brick paved path along the street. (Hell strip in Indie's Boston, MA garden)

Planted on the verge

Aloe maculata unusual zig zag speckled leaves on a plant I found lurking under the Tecoma and Plumbago hedge. Three good sized plants are in front of the three pillars. This was the succulent hedge I planned so long ago. At the fence I have a line of Bulbine, orange left and right, yellow either side of the centre. Along the bricks is Plectranthus neochilus tough and vigorous with purple flower spikes. Minimalist planting in blocks is a formal welcome to our home.