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Sunday, 18 August 2013

My New Garden : Progress 12 - Jan 2010


“Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.” 

In 2010, the new year kicked off well - we had a tremendous amount of rain for about 2 or 3 months and everything grew like wildfire. The sword ferns below needed to be thinned out they were so rife - luckily they are easily transplanted to some other empty corner.

The indigenous grass in between the Celtis africana and the Acacias offered lovely cover for the tortoise and for Molly, my resident Mole snake. 

The Hen & chickens grew so prolifically, it seemed to be pushing the log ahead of it! 

The new erigerons I planted spread nicely and soon covered this empty area. 

The fat, open florettes of these Echeverias attest to the great amount of rain we had.  

Gardening in the heat of January in South Africa can be quite a challenge. Hot temperatures and the baking sun soon dries out the soil and I use plenty of mulch and straw to cover the ground in between and around plants. It doesn't make for the greatest look, but is absolutely crucial if we do not get plenty of rain.


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