30 November, 2016

November in our False Bay garden

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa


It is two years since we moved to False Bay and the last three weeks have been, interesting. The Ungardener is recovering from pneumonia while the garden and my blog have slipped off my radar. Today we had our first gentle walk along the prom.

2016 Advent Wreath
with pelargoniums


09 November, 2016

Blue cat's whiskers

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Ours was bought as indigenous at the Kirstenbosch Plant Sale in 2008. I was doubtful about 'ugandense' tropical Africa, but was assured it also grows in South Africa. Originally described from Kenya - says the University of Florida. Horticultural info from Missouri Botanical Garden. Clerondendron ugandense became Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'. Easy to remember as Oxford and Cambridge for the distinctive two blues.

Blue and white inspiration from the sky


02 November, 2016

Sky Garden to the Olympic Park in London

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

For over a year I was dreading going up to the Sky Garden on the Walkie Talkie building. In July as we walked around London that building haunted me! Access is free, but you have to make a booking. Security is tight; they wanted ID so we waved our driver's licenses. Up in the lift to the 35th floor.

Walkie Talkie building and Tower Bridge