A map with the mediterranean areas of the world is now on my sidebar. That’s deliberately small m mediterranean. Quite implausible how widely scattered we are, and yet each scatter is sharply focused. Chile, California, Australian coast, the namesake Mediterranean Basin, and we are way down in the bottom corner of Africa.
March lily 2010, with his Panasonic Lumix
Flower Year in our Garden
|Moving IN May 2007, six years ago|
Six years ago, May 2007, we moved into our newly built house, after a year of Ungardening preparation. No curtains, boxes everywhere, empty bookshelves, quiet chaos, and flowers from our builder. Today the guide for the one day new owners of Elephant’s Eye unfolds with a picture a month. An invitation to click away for more – flowers, colour, plants, info. Wonder what that is? Let’s see what she wrote in the June garden posts.
2013 Tecoma capensis
I start in March, as our garden does. When the March lilies yell – thank goodness that brutal summer heat is over. Then we roll into April’s autumn shrubs, Tecoma capensis delighting the sunbirds. In May we have happy pelargoniums and daisies. Winter arrives in June – cool and green a carpet of Oxalis. The Japanese quince explodes in a fountain of July colour for mid-winter and snow on the mountains. By August we are thinking of spring flowers, daisies and Namaqualand, vlei lilies and freesias. Veltheimia capensis and blossom on the fruit trees in September, as we return to warm. The roses enjoy October with the apple trees. Dietes wild iris and Plectranthus (his ‘lavender’) in November. For our summer Christmas in December there are Agapanthus. January means many plants hunker down for the duration, but the pelargoniums bloom on regardless. By February we, plants and people, are looking to March coolth and autumn’s first rain – Plumbago and Bulbine spread colour.
2011 pink pelargonium
Chapter 2 was Well earned Names
2011 Oxalis with guinea fowl feather
2011 Japanese flowering quince
Garden Year tab gathers together the flowers from our garden month by month. We always have flowers, tho the garden rests quietly in high summer. Every 2 to 4 weeks, I walk the garden using the camera to see it thru your fresh eyes. I’ve never done a formal log of ‘everything in bloom’, but prefer what I imagine would catch your eye. From the Northern hemisphere, our June early winter, your December.
2009 selfsown gousblom
2010 Prunus nigra
My mind is on the cycle of life
The moving finger writes; and, having writ,
2010 Courvoisier rose
2012 Plectranthus neochilus
A flower for each month. Some showing a glimpse of wide view garden. I’ve trawled my archives, and carefully avoided the collages for this post. Some a detail, because that is what my mind sees.
On my blog, up top are tabs. Weather in Porterville. We share the mediterranean climate forecast for Cape Town, but, our weather?! We live at the foot of mountains which can be snow-capped in winter = colder, inland from the moderating influence of the sea = hotter or colder. Beyond the reach of summer’s prevailing howling southeaster. Not as extreme as Worcester in the Klein Karoo.
2010 rose pelargonium
2013 Royal Cape Plumbago
Chapter 4 is Snow, and Rain gardening against winter floods
Pictures and text by Diana Studer
(also on Google Plus)
AKA Diana of Elephant's Eye
- wildlife gardening in Porterville,
near Cape Town in South Africa
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