We are so blessed to stay in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, where the climate let’s us enjoy Mother Nature at her best. I’d love you to join me on a tour of our Highveld garden. P.S. There are lots of photos so please stay a while and just absorb nature’s beauty.
So where does one start? Our garden is pretty well established and almost everything grows. We have lots of trees so shade loving plants, like the water-wise indigenous Clivias which grows wild in forested woodland areas in South Africa, thrive in our garden.
A friend of ours, who sadly passed away, cultivated the most gorgeous Clivias and gave us some very rare yellow and peach seedlings. Damn I miss his smile and he’s love of all things natural.
Another indigenous beauty we have in the garden is the the Agapanthus. They have strap-like leaves and produce beautiful balls of purple or white flowers in summer. We’re lucky enough to have a rare hybrid that carries a mix of purple and white flowers.
The large Wild Iris is quite common in many gardens in South Africa. A perennial, evergreen plant which grows up to 1.5m can be found in full sun or partial shade and ours is quite happy under the Queen palm.
We also have Siberian Iris growing on our pavement. I honestly don’t know which is prettier. The white, yellow and purple flowers of our indigenous Wild Iris or the delicate brown and purple colouring of the Siberian Iris.
Mother Nature is a master and combining colours in ways we could never replicate. Like this gorgeous Petrea and yellow Bougainvillea that have intertwined themselves around our fence.
Or the pastel shades of Shell Ginger with a throat of yellows and reds.
Or the gorgeous flower of the Aloe arborescens…….
And the pure white and red of the Bleeding Heart in Spring……
That changes to a deep wine red in Autumn before she loses her leaves and takes a break.
The indigenous Vaderlandswilg (roughly translated as the Willow of our Fatherland) is one of the biggest trees in our garden. She heralds each season by cloaking herself in the most beautiful colours. In spring her leaves emerge as soft, pale green buds. In summer she wraps herself in dark shady greens and in autumn she dresses herself in yellow, orange and red hues. She’s our cats favorite climbing spot and the perfect place to cultivate our baby Staghorn ferns.
Talking about Staghorns, here’s the mommy plant.
Isn’t she stunning? And the little music frog. I don’t know about you but I really love weird and wacky surprises in a garden, like the chain of hearts we made from card stock and aluminium tape.
Or our giant bird standing next to the Wendy house.
That little plant with the pink flowers in the hanging basket in the photo is called a Lidroos in Afrikaans (sorry I have no idea what it’s real name is). We call her bigger sister a Bladroos and we have quite a few of those in the garden too. Her orange flower is as big as my hand.
And this gorgeous cerise one lives under the weeping mulberry in our front garden
Our front garden only gets morning sun and lies on the frost belt so we need to be careful what we plant. But the Strelitzia Reginae or Bird of Paradise doesn’t seem to mind the frost. Native to South Africa, they prefer full sun and a rich and well-drained loamy soil, but ours seems fine with morning sun and produces flowers all year long.
No garden is complete without some roses. Our Icebergs grow on the the Western side of our garden out of Jack Frost’s harmful ways.
There’s a family of Vlakvarkies (Bush Pigs) just below the roses.
This beauty, commonly referred to as the Icecream bush because of the pink and white splashes on the leaves, is stunning.
She has the most adorable, teeny tiny flowers.
And the birds (OMW the bird life in the garden) – Fire Finches, Weavers, Red Bishops, Cape White Eyes, Paradise Fly Catchers, Bulbuls, Louries, Sunbirds and Doves (lots of doves). At least once a month a Cape Eagle Owl perches on our roof and greets us with a HU-hu-hu.
There’s a Swallow family that builds a nest under the eves. Meet Spikey, the young one who tried to fly before he was ready.
And the goblin that welcomes fairies to the garden.
He takes center stage on our wall art, right in the middle of two mirrors that reflect our garden right back at us.
It’s so strange, I’ve just realized that I’m sitting in front of a laptop posting pics of our garden when I should be out there with the birds so please excuse me, I think I’m going to take a walk and let Mother Nature enfold me in her beauty again.
P.S. Thank you so much for taking the time to join us on a tour through our garden. It means a lot <3
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