It is the 25th. My day to walk around the garden and remind myself what is catching the eye this month. First the same old same old. Japanese flowering quince, a bush we inherited, halfway down the driveway, always blooms for my birthday. And for Anna's, who planted it. Usually blooms on spectacular bare branches, but this year, there are still leaves ...?
End of July, August is time for me to prune my roses. which is hard to do now. They are flourishing. Full of flowers and buds, starting to send out fat new shoots from the base. Some have black spot, but they seem to bounce back, and flower on. Top left is Great North - a pillar rose, which sulked for the first two years. After I cut back the Dusty Miller hedge, the rose suddenly roared into flower! Top right pink and white Chaim Soutine with pink pelargonium. Bottom left Pearl of Bedfordview, clusters of pale pink delicately formed flowers. Bottom right Courvoisier, more clusters, but these are deliciously fragrant and a vibrant yellow.
That was the old. Everywhere I turn there are buds coming. The annual rain daisies are poking thru, but in our garden there are no flowers yet. Top left that spotted aloe had just made its bud last month, now I need two pictures, one for the the rosette of leaves, and another for flower stalk. Top right Veltheimia capensis. Below, spears of orange and yellow Chasmanthe, and tightly furled buds of white arums Zantedeschia.
The nasturtiums also came with the old/new garden. These are the first of the flowers. Quite a few, will end up in our salad bowls, they look gorgeous, and why should sheep and cows monopolise the fun of eating flowers? Below left the first orange Chasmanthe to open. They grow tall, and this gardener should have planted them deeper, then they wouldn't have keeled over under the weight of all those flowers. Bottom right, one of our indigenous sages, with burnt orange flowers, fragrant grey small riffled leaves, Salvia africana-lutea (my book says the leaves smell of lemon pepper and can be used for cooking, must try them)
Three gazanias at Rest and Be Thankful, are already furling up at 4 on a winter afternoon. Clear blue sky, and sunshine, we walked, but it is still, grateful for a sweat-shirt weather. A new aloe with delicate open parasols, rather than the tightly packed spikes we are more used to on the fading Aloe ferox. Purple Hypoestes, ribbon-bush, because the petals curl up. Red berries on Nandina are worth a photo. Altho the plants mostly came from the last garden, in Camps Bay we seldom saw berries. Here, it gets colder ... And at the bottom palest pink flowers on the hedge fund, Crassula ovata, jade-plant. Fluffy white flowers on garlic buchu - if you brush up against it you come away smelling fiercely of fragrant garlic. I love that smell and remember childhood holidays driving to visit my sister and her family in Riversdale.
A last glimpse at the Summers's Gold bed in Paradise, a yellow Sunshine Dimorphotheca jucunda with ivory striped Liriope, which LOVES living in Porterville, after sulking between the Clivia in the old garden. Now the Clivia sulks, it's too hot, or something. We don't like it here, can we go home now? Will try more water, more food, and hope for flowers this September.
Pictures and words by Diana of Elephant's Eye