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Tidy my indigenous garden


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renewalsh 3 years ago

renewalshClustered the succulents

in a more logical grouping. 1 year ago


in a hanging pot 1 year ago


near the front door 1 year ago

renewalshHave a fuschia

hanging near the front door now. Very pretty.

It is complemented by a soft mauve lobelia in an adjacent pot.

Underneath the lobelia is a dark leaved plectranthus with a soft purply mauve flower. 2 years ago

renewalshTidied the plants on the patio

by re-potting, discarding, sorting out. It looks lovely now. 2 years ago

renewalshThe gravel

bought for the pathway, to plump up the bareish spots, is the wrong colour and too samll in size.

Will have to remedy this. 2 years ago

renewalshAn aloe on my verge

proudly flowering and bringing me joy. 2 years ago

renewalshWhat sane person

agrees to let the gardner plant mielies (Maize) in the middle of the flower beds?

I now have ten foot high mielie plants affronting my sensibilities! 2 years ago

renewalshThe aggressive maize plants

with silky ears of corn, are towering over the perennial plants in a most cheeky manner indeed.

I am looking forward to harvesting their crop and then consigning the stalks and leaves to the compost heap. 2 years ago

renewalshA kindness too far

has meant that my gardener has planted maize all over the garden. The plants are now about 2m tall and sprouting heads of maize.

I despair. 2 years ago

renewalshPlanted vegetable seedlings

tomato, peppers, basil.

Also planted green bean seeds that I had soaked in water for a couple of days previously. 3 years ago

renewalshFound an authenic stone grinder

which has both parts – the base stone,hollowed and polished by many years of grinding maize – and hte actual stone used for the grinding as well.

Have placed it near the front path so I shall see it every day. 3 years ago

renewalshDH is enlisting his business partner

to fix the three water features in the garden. Reason: DH is kak handed. 3 years ago

renewalshSaw a fair amount of damage

caused by the recent very heavy storms.

Tree fellers are going to be busy all over the city! 3 years ago

renewalshA casualty of the heavy rain

is the spare owl house, which has crashed down.

Must get DH to patch it up and return it to its ‘perch’, with stronger bolts. 3 years ago

renewalshPlanted three aloe aristata

near the entrance, under the cycad lemboboensis.

Pleased with the location and their strong, through small, architectural lines. 3 years ago

renewalshRemoving a brunfelsia

(Yesterday, to day and tomorrow).

Yes, I know that it is a pretty plant, but it is not indigenous. Sp out it goes, the cliche plant of the suburbs. 3 years ago

renewalshAloe striata and aloe greenii

are being planted today, under my bedroom window.

And no, I don’t mind that our gardener has planted spinach in that bed, for him to pluck and eat.

It’s a way to make his hard life easier. 3 years ago

renewalshThe water features need maintaining

and apparently a contractor is calling around next week to do this task. 3 years ago

renewalshShade loving and grass aloes

That is, aloe cooperi (grass aloe) and aloe dyeri (shade loving aloe) are now being planted. The straight leaved grass aloes, which grow to 1.2 m, are being planted beneath my bedroom window. Most aloes have curved, thick, fleshy leaves but the aloe cooperi has leaves that resemble grass fronds, just a bit thicker and sturdier. 3 years ago

renewalshPlanting aloes

The following are being planted by George at the spots I indicated:

3 X Aloe Marlothii;
1X Aloe Rupestrus;
1X Aloe Barbarae – tree aloe.

Relative heights: Marlothii 2-4 M, single stemmed aloe; Rupestrus 8m – likes to grow in companionship with trees, so have selected a spot ‘between’ two trees; Barbarae – 18m – made it a feature at the bottom of the path. I will see its infloresence from the bedroom. 3 years ago

renewalshAloe enigma

Aloes are either loved or disliked as a plant form. Indifference is rare. Perhaps this is beacuse they are so – strong in appearance, uncompromising, so THEMSELVES.

I myself have decided that they are beautiful in their stark thorniness and assertive flower spikes.

A softer, gentler bed of flowers is being invaded by a dense planting of aloes, carefully chosen for height, colour of flower spike, time of flowering. I should thus have aloe flower spikes from late December (a few) to a glorious showing in June-July, to a tapering off by early October. Winter colour in my garden will tbus be considerably improved.

Welcome, sunbirds! 3 years ago

renewalshNeed to make time to check the plantings of:

dierama; Crinum mooerii; haemanthus alba; crocosmia.

AND to plan the plantings of my aloes. 3 years ago

renewalshDecide on plant placement

Have already allocated space to the smaller plants, other than the plethora of aloes.

Must decide where to place the feature tree aloe and then 3 aloe marlothii, which eventually grow quite large.

The idea is to have a bed of aloes outside the bedroom windows to encourage the sunbirds to feast on the nectar in flowering time.

I am planning a colourful vista of yellow, orange and red flowering spikes and the delightful dartings of nectar feeding birds. 3 years ago

renewalshThe tree feller

arrived yesterday, after missing one appointment.

All trimming and removal done, leaving a slightly less shaggy garden.

Now to plan around the next stage, 3 years ago

renewalshTree feller quote

is detailed and acceptable: now to arrange a date for the task.

Thereafter, I can do a whole lot of planting in the garden. 3 years ago

renewalshA sensitive tree feller

has listened to my requests and offered advice about a good cut back on some overgrown trees (all exotic).

Yay! More sunlight will be admitted to the garden.

Await the quote now. 3 years ago

renewalshA tree feller

is meeting me on Thursday to discuss careful pruning needs.

Want to cull some exotic trees and trim down some overgrown branches.

BUT I do plan to leave a fallen melaleuca (Australian) tree as the overgrown area under the slanted tree affords nesting for a Burchell’s Coucal. 3 years ago

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