We have ten olive trees. The first two planted at the road. Those weird new English people – have underplanted with pig’s ears and Bulbinella and a bit of Dietes, and Agapanthus. Passersby stop, to look. Then we planted two pairs to cover our neighbours green shaded caravan and garage. A rustic trellis, and I will train the olives to a gentle espalier. We planted four between the post-box and the pecan and the heat wave hit them. Dead. But see, they are growing up again!
Shocking pink watsonias have gone over. Pale floating Dietes. And those yellow flowers? Inherited day-lilies having a very good season, just enough rain.
Giant/Spanish reed is reaching for the telephone pole. Invasive alien. Home to the weaver-birds. As I explained to the men from the municipality, when they came to complain about the WEEDS. ‘The Ungardener’s free spirited plants’ you mean? I did then shear the middelmannetjie to ankle height. Except for these pretty flowers (which the Ungardener planted quietly when I wasn’t looking). Dusty Miller at the perfect clumping silver fountain stage I love!
|Pecan tree, pretty flowers, Dusty Miller, Arundo giant/Spanish reeds|
We moved the compost bins away from the vibracrete (concrete panel) wall which faces into the afternoon sun. On the far side blighted earth, sprayed with herbicide whenever anything dares to raise a little green head! A shade trellis, half built over the compost bins. The first raised vegetable bed, built with concrete blocks. And the wood is unfortunately treated with poison; they do say the poison stays IN the wood. And also after the first winter and rain, the loose stuff will have washed off … Then the Folie de MIIX. Door, or not? Spring bulbs gone dormant. Finally we mulch with straw, which means we get wheat and oats and mielies (corn on the cob) – much enjoyed by the sparrows!
|Works in progress|
Our Mediterranean Sun Circle. There are lots of lemons coming. Salvia greggii is happily growing from cuttings. One lavender survived. Next autumn perhaps another lemon tree? Or the lime I long for?
|Mediterranean Sun Circle with oranges and lemons|
We have a Nuxia (as seen at Org de Rac) for the Cape Robins and the butterflies. Our neighbours gave us Sansevieria, with a cream border along the length of the leaves. Added to the Karoo Koppie as a drift. Empty pond forced us to buy a bird bath, and today we saw the first three sparrows lining up to use it. We moved Big Red Tecomaria, from where it had SULKED, all thru the summer.
|Nuxia, Sansevieria on Karoo Koppie, new bird bath, Big Red Tecomaria|
The pond has been drained, again. To be relined. Frogs were rescued and posted into Plum Creek. The dragon fly larvae went into the baby baths with the water lilies.
|Ah, once we had a pond, with Water ...|
Figs are coming, there will be plums.
|Karoo Rose and Sheila's Perfume, figs, Chaim Soutine, Pearl of Bedfordview|
Pictures and words by Diana of Elephant's Eye