by Diana Studer
– gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Between the kitchen and the garage is the East Patio. First we added comfortable steps. Needed to prevent people using steep drops – with square pots. Also window boxes filled with spekboom Portulacaria afra cuttings. Blocking a strategic gap above the boundary wall – with a trellis and optimistic creepers. Double path under the washing pergola. East Patio has four green walls, especially the Rotheca shrub at the kitchen door.
|Cornish Stripe to lemon tree|
White Cyperus albo-striatus leaves, and white Pelargonium and Hypoestes. Purples are Hypoestes, Pelargonium, Barleria April violets and lavender. True blue from Rotheca and Felicia. Dark leaves of Diospyros whyteana and tuberous Begonia.
|Blue and white April flowers|
Out front in the sun Karoo Koppie wants oranges and reds. Plants have grown in so well, I need to open up space. Red Pelargonium would be happy to fill the whole space.
Down Summer Gold with yellows, and Spring Promise pink and white with grey leaves. We had to shoehorn in a belated rain tank. Yellow Gazania border looks tired in the photo, but blooms in life.
|Summer Gold and Spring Promise|
Across the shady bottom of the garden, a Woodland Walk and Froggy Pond. Again a second rain tank. That winding path needs revitalising, while the raised planters explode on all sides.
|Froggy Pond and Woodland Walk|
|Our verge before and after fibre optics digging|
|Garden birds and cats|
Oranges of Tecomaria and Leonotis, muted to Hibiscus and Euphorbia tirucalli Firesticks. Clear yellow in Hypoxis, two Euryops and a Gazania. Cape gooseberry has small flowers in lemon and burgundy. Fresh pink on a tiny wild hibiscus from Knysna. And two pelargoniums. Halleria lucida is festooned with flowers and a carpet of fallen blooms – many bees and sunbirds. Mandela’s Gold Strelitzia regina I have propped up as it has lost its bearings.
|April flowers in our garden|
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