29 July, 2015

Our False Bay garden in July

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

First impression as the verge fills in with yellow Bulbine and blue Plectranthus.

On our verge orange and yellow Bulbine and blue Plectranthus

22 July, 2015

Harold Porter NBG at Betty's Bay

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

Adventuring around False Bay, past the Strand, we continued along the far shore to the southernmost tip of Africa,Cape Agulhas.

Dappat se Gat looking across Kogel Bay


08 July, 2015

To Cape Point from snow on the Groot Winterhoek

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

Twice in June there was snow on our mountaintops and the weekend ahead promises more. I follow snowreport co za for snow forecasts, waiting for the reader's photos to come in. Something I miss from Porterville is living at the foot of the Groot Winterhoek Mountains. We had to drive a few minutes to actually see the snow, which was hidden by the foothills from our house in town. Now, we'd need to drive to where we can see the inland mountains behind the Strand stretching up Africa.

Leucadendron at Cape Point


01 July, 2015

Where the aloes live, on a Karoo Koppie

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

When we travelled towards Worcester in July 2010, to the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, we left Porterville's wheat-fields with their isolated pockets of Renosterveld. At the foot of the Mostertshoek Twins 2030m we saw the sunshine bush – golden leaves on the Leucadendron proteas. Lighting up the fynbos slopes of the mountains, then winding away along the road not taken, to Bain’s Kloof Pass. To the Little Karoo. Semi-desert, because it does get a little rain, now in the winter.

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden
with blooming aloes and snow in July 2010