Friday, March 23, 2012

Beautiful Brumeliads

I am so proud to have grown such beautiful plants. The pink with purple edges comes from my neighbour 2 doors down.

This beauty (the large one) comes from my Mom from Amanzimtoti. Now Toti is on the coast so is very moist and humid. They took about 2 years to settle in and voila.... The little one on the left is from Santa - my hairdresser. They grew quickly in my garden.

This was a birthday gift from my wonderful hubby so I can't take any credit for this one as it came blooming. I had put in near the driveway but the afternoon sun was too hot and burnt the leaves. Now it is at the bottom of my garden it is as happy as Larry!

I may have mentioned this before but I love my garden. It gives me such peaceful joy.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

And the time flies

We are on the other side of summer now. The days are still REALLY hot, there are stunning storms, it is darker earlier in the morning and I haven't posted a blog for months! It has been a busy season - in life as well as in the garden. I have loved my summer garden. My purple bed is beautiful and full. I had (am am still having) a great veggie harvest. Grey Hornbills came to visit and feast on the fig tree. I also realised I don't really like to do other people's garden - I am most satisfied in my own garden. Hmmm so I have lots of pretty GardenGodmother business cards.
Veggies galore. We feasted on beetroot (roasted and pickled), leeks (roasted and in soup), loads of red and brown onions, potatoes (baby potatoes boiled and served with butter, salt and herbs), gem squash. There are still more gems, butternuts and pumpkins. I have also just planted more onions, leeks, carrots and kale.

My purple garden is an on-going artists canvas. The dahlias were spectacular this year - they hadn't started flowering in this picture yet. I mulched with wood chips which really helped with moisture retention.