29 November, 2013

A Swartland garden in November

by Diana Studer
- wildlife gardening in Porterville, near Cape Town in South Africa

The Ungardener has removed his excess DIY supplies from around Folie de MMIX, and I rearranged my MANY pots of bulbs. Then he did his Ungardening Pond. Oxygenating waterweeds massively thinned out. Dwarf Papyrus and reeds and invasive yellow iris hacked back.

View from Elephant's Eye to our mountains

I pruned trees; he gets to shred the evidence to mulch later. Started with the two Kei apples at garage, sadly realised too late there is fruit coming.

15 November, 2013

Sun kissed at Paradise and Roses

by Diana Studer
- wildlife gardening in Porterville, near Cape Town in South Africa


Duftwolke has convinced my camera that its petals are burnished with gold leaf where the sun catches them.

The Story of Elephant’s Eye

Chapter 6
Paradise and Roses

While we waited in our rented house, he planned the new house and the Ungardening. I thought about plants, choosing roses, and companion plants but indigenous to South Africa not commonorgarden.

We began Paradise and Roses as a blank slate in 2007

05 November, 2013

Vondeling and the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative

At the end of October we went to Vondeling near Wellington for the WESSA (once was WWF South Africa) Annual Regional Meeting. We have been members for years but work and life happens meant that this was the first meeting we’ve ever been to. Vondeling is a member of BWI, the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative.

Watsonia on a granite outcrop

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Photographs are from Diana Studer or Jurg Studer.
My Canon PowerShot A490

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Midnight in Darkest Africa

Midnight in Darkest Africa
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