by Diana Studer
– gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
|Kirstenbosch Plant Sale 2019!|
|Aloe ferox buds|
For Spring Promise (pink, white and silver) I have replaced Pelargonium tomentosum (minty leaves, semi-shade) and Pelargonium cordifolium (also prefers light shade) Another buchu Agathosma collina for herby fresh leaves. I love silver leaves and added Helichrysum petiolare Petite, Syncarpha Pink Bud and Gazania Hybrid White.
|New plants for Spring Promise|
For Cornish Stripe (‘blue’, purple and white) a replacement Scabiosa incisa (attracts butterflies) and Berkheya purpurea (African thistle).
|New plants for Cornish Stripe|
For Summer Gold (yellows) In the pot in the shade Knowltonia vesicatoria (ranunculus family) and Commelina africana with yellow flowers – two plants I love from our Fynbos Rambles. Artemisia afra with its soft anise and liquorice leaves at the zigzag in the path.
|New plants for Summer Gold|
On the ‘chalk fingers’ Cotyledon orbiculata the first of MANY flowers has opened. I am afraid to plant out the last Kirstenbosch plant – a thumb sized Serruria villosa (blooming wild and free on recent hikes). From the pot I removed about a dozen yellow Clivia plants – now enjoying spreading their roots under the carob tree. Furry purple Mexican bush sage. Woolly bear caterpillar chewing succulent leaf. I moved the Dipogon to more sun and maybe, and planted a sucker from the Jasminum angulare growing happily in the shade of Halleria lucida from a Porterville cutting – should be more successful at using the trellis around the rain tank.
|May in our garden|
|Spring Promise with silver leaves|
|Summer Gold with yellow daisies times three|
With all the horror around plastic pollution we have been on a long slow Zero Waste Journey. My personal target is zero waste muesli. For this batch I achieved dates, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds and almonds. Next time there will also be oats, Brazil nuts and soft dried apricots (also cinnamon and ginger when I need refills). That leaves carob powder, nutmeg and cloves. We add chopped (unpackaged) fresh ginger (in honey, yes in plastic). Still generating single use plastic waste for recycling from … yoghurt, linseed meal, vegan protein powder, and most of the fresh fruit we use. Zero waste dry groceries in BYO containers from Low Impact Living in Glencairn.
|Targeting Zero Waste muesli|
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