The front entrance of my home, densely framed by two species of Karee’s – Karee viminalis (White Karee) and Karee lancea (black Karee) and various indigenous grasses and aloes.
I am not ostentatious by nature and prefer the simple and natural things in life. Hope you enjoy and find this series interesting! I know I just LOVE to see other people’s living spaces, be it small or large, simple or ornate, in suburbia or the country, in a basement or a sky-scraper, inland or at the coast.
A garden ornament hanging from a Karee Viminalis (White Karee), and Jacko sitting at the front door
An old (and now rusty!) paraffin lamp provides some light at night. On the corner of the pathway is a clump of Restio (Cape Reed grass) and right at the back is planted some Zebra Grass (Miscanthus). Grown in India, Australia and Madagascar, South Africa and other warmer countries in Europe.
The Zebra Grass gets these beautiful white plumes at the onset of winter before dying down.
One of the many bird baths in my garden. An old log is being cleaned up by some termites (I’ve been chasing them all over the garden by pouring Diesel down their holes and this is the latest spot they’ve surfaced!)
My vantage point on the patio from where I survey the birds and my garden. A concrete-relief gecko adorns the patio wall.
Rhamnus prinoides (Dogwood or Shiny Leaf) front right of the pic – (Afrikaans : blinkblaar, hondepishout) – a tall, conspicuous evergreen shrub, or small tree – a root decoction has been used to treat pneumonia, and the leaves used as a liniment for sprains. Parts of the plant are also reputed to have protective powers against lightning and evil spirits. It’s a rather scrambly plant and seems to be taking over this section of the garden. Planted it in the wrong spot ...
My Acacia karroo (Soetdoring) in the foreground – I just LOVE this Acacia’s beautiful thorns and little yellow pom-pom flowers. It also provides shelter and safe nesting spots for the Red Bishop and Masked Weaver (but not for the Lone Ranger! lol!)
A large metal Gecko adorns the wall of the garages
The chicken coop next to the garages where Artemis and the girls spend their nights. During the day they terrorise my garden!
The lawned driveway leading to the garages
The fenced area of my wildlife pond where Torti, my Leopard Tortoise, used to live. Now I keep it fenced just in case I have another visitor to take care of!
A vintage metal plant stand on my patio housing some of my succulents