Weeding, weeding, weeding

I was working in the garden this morning, pulling out yet another batch of Tradescantia fluminensis, which is a super-invasive ground cover commonly known as Wandering Jew. We’ve been in two minds as to whether we want to keep it, or eradicate it. On the one hand, ground cover is a good thing, because it…

The heart of a flower

Until last week, there was a small plant in our back garden that looked like a bunch of weeds I’d forgotten to pull up…. I’m so glad I didn’t, because it suddenly sprouted forth the most amazingly radiant golden-yellow flowers, which have completely transformed that corner of our garden. Look here! And every evening, when…

Hayfever hell

The city council hasn’t mowed the grass in the median of our road for a looooong time (I think they were last here sometime in August). At first, we didn’t mind too much, because it was WILD FLOWER season! But now all the flowers are gone, and the grasses have taken over. This is hell…

Resurrecting our herb garden

Throughout the long, cold, wet winter, I had neglected my herb garden quite badly. As a result, almost all of my herbs had died and even the hardier ones only barely survived the cold, the wet, the wind, the damp, the mould, the fungus, the aphids, the snails, the slugs, the hadedas, the cats, the…

Do you know the name of these flowers?

We have clusters of these plants dotted around the shady areas of our garden. They seem to propagate themselves without much input from us. I like those kinds of plants. 🙂 As you can see, they look a bit like hen-and-chickens (Chlorophytum comosum), but I don’t think that’s what they are. They have the most…

Thinking pink

In response to today’s post by Amy-Lynn over at her always thought-provoking blog, in which she wrote about the healing effects of the colour pink, I went for a little amble around our garden, looking for pink flowers. I found this beautiful specimen of a double hibiscus blossom:

A cucumber!

In November last year, I’d written about the very humble beginnings of our vegetable garden. I’d sown some seeds for radish, carrots, cucumber and peppers in various parts of our backyard in the hope that we would no longer have to buy them at exorbitant prices in the local supermarket. Unfortunately, the only seeds that…

Our best radish crop

In November last year, you may remember that I wrote about our veggie garden (here and here). The only veggie out of all the stuff we seeded that has survived the birds, cats, hot weather and other vagaries of garden life, were our radishes. Thus, on the 1st of January 2009, we harvested two handfuls…

Our veggie garden (continued)

In a previous post, two weeks ago, I told you that I’d sown some seeds for radish, carrots, cucumber and peppers in our garden. In case you’re curious, there’s been some activity, though sadly only with the radishes and cucumbers. But I figure that’s a good start anyhow! Here’s the radishes, lovingly watched by the…

Our veggie garden

Well… let me rephrase that… The VERY HUMBLE Beginnings of our Veggie Garden. Last Friday I went to a talk about vermiculture and organic veggie gardening at the Tamboerskloof home of Luci, who writes the newsletters of the Tamboerskloof website. Vermiculture The first topic was covered by Barbara Jenman, who showed us her rubber-tyre design…