27 January, 2016

Our False Bay garden in January

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Ungardener GRRRumbling Gartenzwerg and Pissed Off Gardener. UGG whined about privacy. POG forked out the spotted leaf aloes and moved them from the verge to the Karoo Koppie. UGG added four more plants to the bietou and tree fuchsia tapestry hedge on the verge for End of Month View. False olive Buddleja saligna. Dune crowberry Searsia crenata.

Tapestry hedge planted on the verge

20 January, 2016

Hunting for lions in the Karoo National Park

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

We didn't come to See the Lions, but we DID hope to See the Lions. We came via Baviaanskloof. 25 years ago we were in the Karoo National Park. We could walk, over the koppies, with a group of eland just over the ridge. Keep very still. And quiet. Nothing to be heard, except their snuffling and snorting. Then just as suddenly they are alert, aware of us, and gone.

Be aware of the lions

13 January, 2016

New Zealand candle lights up the long green border

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Discovered Treasures 2

Marble Chips is light and sparkles against a long green shrubbery. The Southeaster howls vengeance in this our first summer of serious gardening on False Bay. My January choice is not here today and gone tomorrow fragile flowers, or the plants that sulk till March rains, but seriously tough, indestructible and happy Coprosma.

Coprosma repens Marble Chips in our garden

06 January, 2016

To the Kakapo on Noordhoek beach

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

We live in the middle of a wide valley that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to False Bay. Closer to False Bay which is on my blog header. 5 minutes in the car or 20 minutes walking thru the houses and gardens, then back along the Silvermine River wetland. On False Bay the sea is warmer. Much more crowded, it was heaving with people on New Year's Day!

Kakapo tiller stands proud a century later