A Swartland garden in September
Mindfully weeding, I harvest treasure from our gravel paths. Salvia with sky blue, or burnt orange flowers, inch high lavender, are carefully tucked in pots to migrate to our False Bay garden. I follow my delighted nose to – Is there honey still for tea? Buddleja salviifolia has burst into bloom with honey you can both taste, and smell.
|Buddleja salviifolia Sagewood|
The bed which was going to be fynbos before Mother Nature roared at me – it’s Too HOT down here, fynbos grows on those mountain slopes. I filled in with Mother Nature’s what about this? Dietes and Watsonia, March lilies. The solitary survivor of my fynbos dream is a shocking pink Erica baccans. Its flowers meticulously arranged in chiselled fours.
|Nutmeg pelargonium, Strelitzia|
Erica baccans, Mandela's Gold, Tecomas capensis
On the Karoo Koppie Euphorbia mauretanica is bronzed lime green flowers. Purple and yellow repeated in vygies. Shrubby succulents.
vygie, Euphorbia mauretanica
Yellow shrubby daisies, and purple trailing ones. The Purple Shall Govern, as the purple daisies do now in our garden.
with purple and yellow Dimorphotheca jucunda
looking to Elephant's Eye as the camera sees it
Heritage Day turns my mind back. I remember Elizabeth. My very first friend, before I started school, four years old, over five decades ago. We lived in Chilworth Mansions. Blocks of flats since gentrified into OTT McMansions. Next to the Glen which was then a forest of invasive pine trees, now returning to fynbos and renosterveld. Up the slopes of Lion’s Head you will find the silver tree, a protea which is named for its leaves.
Just below the flats was the only stately home in Camps Bay. Earls Dyke. Stretching all the way down to a porticoed gate across the road from Glen Beach. The family must once have walked down the garden to the beach. Today it is a hotel.
I remember Elizabeth living in a little wooden house, outside the gates. Her so-called Coloured parents must have worked at the big house. Time fantasises the details and now I see Little Red Riding Hood and Granma’s cottage in the woods. Elizabeth gave me a thumbnail sized red glass rabbit. I have it still. Once I started school that friendship across apartheid was no longer acceptable. Wherever you are now, I remember you, my first friend.
|Paradise and Roses|
At Paradise and Roses I have white and yellow iris which my mother got from her gifted gardening friend Celeste. Today the yellow exploded into its first flower.
Freesia alba, Albuca, Celeste's yellow iris
Red?, Tulbaghia, Melaspaerula
Chasmanthe, Lachenalia, Blue?
Hypoxis, Zantedeschia seeds, Veltheimia
Hypoxis has 3 ranks of leaves which get lost among garden plants. Perhaps that one is destined to shine in a beautiful pot. The yellow star flowers are a bonus.
|Melianthus, slipper orchid, strandsalie calyx|
Melianthus at Paradise and Roses, Anna's Red rose bud
The roses have masses of lush russet leaves – and the first red bud. Prunus nigra began September with blossom and is now the russet leaves for which I chose it. We have little figs swelling.
plum and fig
For Gail @ Clay and Limestone and her Wildflower Wednesday.
All South African except the slipper orchid, lavender, nasturtiums and the red rose, plums and fig. Thirtysomething aged ash trees, which an English reader told me is called Maid of the Forest.
|Under the ash trees|
Pictures and text by Diana StuderAKA Diana of Elephant's Eye
- wildlife gardening in Porterville,
near Cape Town in South Africa
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