At the bottom of a long narrow entrance, on the road we have a pair of olive trees. Brick piers. Not Stately Home Lions, cottage lions. We inherited the shocking pink watsonias with their graceful swan necks. But they have never looked this good before. This – is their year. We did plant the golden yellow Arctotis with the trailing silver leaves.
|Entrance at the road|
We also inherited three Pride of India (from China). A beautiful arch is there, with a crappy view of our neighbour’s aviary. We have planted a Plumbago, which I aim to prune echoing this arch.
At the corner of the house and the garage, the garden proper starts. Blooming and lush and green, but the summer heat is waiting in the wings.
|to the garden|
|from the front door|
On our figs, which I forgot to prune in time, the first fruits are swelling steadily but still rock hard.
|Basil and fig trees|
Elephant’s Eye Light Railway we planted with hundreds of pennyroyal plugs. Hmm. Too much work to try desperately to keep watered. So it has been interesting to see what nature does here. That fine grey bush has seeded itself, and there is another tiny one coming.
|Elephant's Eye Light Railway. No trains for a while ....|
On the Karoo Koppie there are still vygies in mauve and yellows. The Euphorbia has swung from luminous lime green to an unappetising burnt butter colour. But the brick red Kalanchoe is dancing into the limelight.
Our Mediterranean Sun Circle gave us One Orange. There are lots of lemons coming and TINY oranges for the next season’s crop. Most of the cuttings cooked, but the Salvia greggei has grown as tall as the citrus trees.
|Lemon at Mediterranean Sun Circle|
The pond. Is still losing water briskly. So he is draining it again. Completely. Will be resealed. Properly this time. And in ?? months we will have a pond again. With WATER! In the meantime we are going to get a birdbath next week. The birds need it, now.
|Waterlilies in waiting, again|
In the ash planters the Veltheimia has lots of flowers. One solitary orange Clivia but we hope they are now out of their sulk. Flowers on the winter bulbs are shrivelling, and the leaves are slowly following.
|Ash planters with Veltheimia|
The garden is flourishing despite me. Well, what is missing, is cutting the paths clear.
|more of overgrown path|
This is a good image of our garden. In the foreground trees and a green understory from Mother Nature. Beyond the Dusty Miller hedge, a glimpse of Paradise.
|from Plum Creek|
Paradise. The rose garden. Today it is overcast, so I try the trick of taking pictures in low light.
|Paradise our rose garden|
Pictures and words by Diana of Elephant's Eye