28 September, 2016

September in our False Bay garden

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Thomas much appreciates fully glazed doors, where he can gaze in fascination at a pair of sparrows twittering up on the trellis. He doesn't try to walk thru the door (only once, but that was enough for me!) I've been trying not to see those two plants awaiting good homes. Pavetta has finally been planted in the third tiny raised bed at the bottom of the garden.

Thomas

23 September, 2016

Rocher Pan hiking with flowers and birds

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

2016 has been a good year for our spring flowers up the West Coast. This September we booked two nights at RocherPan Nature Reserve. Our cottage was called Oystercatcher - when we walked along the beach we saw the birds that inspired the name.

African Black Oystercatcher at Rocher Pan

19 September, 2016

Goodbye Aragon

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Two False Bay years

We have closed a chapter that began when we returned from Switzerland for the third time. We adopted an SPCA companion for Henry. Camps Bay memories and Porterville photos.

Aragon
July 2014 in Porterville

14 September, 2016

Septemberbossie - Polygala myrtifolia

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

If it's a Septemberbossie, shouldn't it bloom, in September? - Jean asked from Maine. Skimming thru my blog and photos the only month this plant didn't feature is November. But today it is - when I grow up I'll be a dense green shrub covered with flowers. We aspire to Patient Gardener's trim topiary!

July 2013 - Septemberbossie - our future home

07 September, 2016

London - St Katharine Docks and the Thames

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Last July when I turned 60 we celebrated quietly at Cape Agulhas. This year we flew via Dubai airport (a few hours to stretch our legs and jaw meet floor!) to London. Those snow capped in July mountains - Ararat is 5,137 m - are in Turkey. Mount Ararat and Mount Suphan. I think our Thomas, SPCA special, parents unknown, might be part Turkish Van cat (large, fluffy, LOVES playing with water). We flew over Lake Van.

Mount Suphan