27 December, 2013

A Swartland garden in December

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

Hypoxis hemerocallidea with its spikes of Christmas cheer yellow star flowers came with us from Camps Bay. 

Hypoxis hemerocallidea

13 December, 2013

The policeman and the prima donna

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


We have no manicured lawn. We've learnt to adjust to a hotter summer, but still in the Western Cape’s familiar mediterranean climate. They say build it and they will come – and indeed they have!

The Story of Elephant’s Eye

Chapter 7
Gardening for biodiversity

We live in a small country town, our garden behind a wall. We have a few diamond panels at the base of the wall – for frogs and snakes and lizards and striped mice. Our wildlife is birds and smalls.

Rosyfaced lovebird dining out at Spirulino's

Most exciting was the endangered Black Stork for which we named the little island in Ungardening Pond. Porterville lies in a dip which was once a vlei, and I wonder how many generations back the frogs remember coming here. These summer nights towards Christmas the frog and cricket oompah band is in fine form.

05 December, 2013

Rocher Pan with beached seals

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


My Ungardener’s Swiss pension is getting closer. To celebrate we went to RocherPan Nature Reserve to walk by the sea on a long, long sandy beach. (We've walked there before in Summer March 2011 and winter this August). Our WildCard permit was first collected from the office.

Rocher Pan and its office building

We walked along the road, covered in fine shell gravel, to the gate which I remember as  -  locked years ago. The end of the road. We walked on to the lookout picnic site on the crest of the dune.

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My Canon PowerShot A490

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Midnight in Darkest Africa

Midnight in Darkest Africa
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