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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

My New Garden: Progress 1 - Jan - Mar '05

It is apparent that no lifetime is long enough in which to explore the resources of a few square yards of ground.
- Alice M. Coats

After having completed the initial layout and set up of my new garden last year, things are starting to look a bit better now at the beginning of 2005, and with all the holidays being finished and things starting to get back to normal again, the work-in-progress can be continued. Must say, the holidays were a nice break, kept me out of the sun during December and as I loathe wearing a hat, as soon as cooler days start setting in, I'm in the garden like a shot.

JANUARY 2005 -
After a wonderful rainy season, some of the trees are already flowering - the Acacia Karoo delighted with it's fat thorns (a sign of lots of water) and beautiful yellow pom-poms.
In the area where I decided to make an indigenous grass area, all the grasses were also seeding and flowering.

The Indigenous grasses flowering

February 2005 - garden taking shape and pathway actually becoming visible!

February, and everything taking shape very nicely.

The sword ferns enjoying the shade under the White Karees

March 2005 - Grasses at the edge of the pathway, which will soon be beautiful!

Added some old dead logs and more rocks which really started attracting insects and lizards...

A seed from the Black Karee took root next to the log...

Placed some rocks next to the Echevarias...


Saturday, 21 March 2009

My New Garden: Progress 2 : April to Aug '05

"Tread softly!" a signpost in my garden reads: "Your feet are killing me!"

The Garden on a quiet April night

Thank heavens this 2005 Winter seemed extremely mild, because our area, Tarlton, gets severe frost regularly, wiping out anything that's remotely marked as frost-tender, and by beginning-July most of the trees already had blossoms and tiny leaf buds.
The lawn is taking a bit longer and it's amazing that, no matter how much you water, with the first rains, no matter how little, everything springs to life.

The White Karees have done well this summer and are well-prepared for the coming winter.

Even the Euphorbia pulled through

July and mid-Winter - things are looking decidedly dry. the lawn is dry and yellow and didn't even put up a fight against the severe frost we're having.

It's August, spring is looming and the Sword Ferns and Hen & Chickens were almost wiped out completely.

Some of the Acacias look worse for the wear, but tiny green leaves are already sprouting!

I forgot to move My Old Man cactus under-roof, but didn't seem to mind the cold and even seems a couple of centimeters taller, but the frost got the one Coco Splumosa, below.

These little Phormiums are truly wonderful, don't seem to get affected by cold, wind, water or drought. Must actually plant some more of them.

The old peach tree, which I didn't have the heart to remove, was already covered in pink blossoms early in July and now, in August, already has most its leaves.

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