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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.

The garden towards the main house

Looking towards the house

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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.

Orange Clivia

Orange Clivia

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.

Yellow Clivia

Yellow Clivia

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.

Agapanthus hybrid with mixed white and purple flowers

Agapanthus hybrid with mixed white and purple 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.

Wild Iris

Wild Iris

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.

Siberian iris

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.

Petrea and a yellow bougainvillea

Petrea and a yellow bougainvillea

Or the pastel shades of Shell Ginger with a throat of yellows and reds.

Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic

Or the gorgeous flower of the Aloe arborescens…….

The flower of the Aloe arborescens

Aloe arborescens

And the pure white and red of the Bleeding Heart in Spring……

Bleeding heart in spring

Bleeding heart in spring

That changes to a deep wine red in Autumn before she loses her leaves and takes a break.

Bleeding heart in autumn

Bleeding heart in autumn

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.

Hello Joe

Hello Joe

Talking about Staghorns, here’s the mommy plant.

Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

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.

Chain of hearts

Chain of hearts

Or our giant bird standing next to the Wendy house.

Our big bird that watches over the garden

Our big bird that watches over the garden

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.

Bladroos

Bladroos

And this gorgeous cerise one lives under the weeping mulberry in our front garden

Bladroos under the weeping mulberry

Bladroos under the weeping mulberry

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.

Bird of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae

Bird of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae

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.

What would a garden be without roses

What would a garden be without roses

An old headboard on the wall adds some interest to our South African garden

An old headboard on the wall adds some interest

There’s a family of Vlakvarkies (Bush Pigs)  just below the roses.

Vlakvarkie family in a South African garden

Vlakvarkie family

This beauty, commonly referred to as the Icecream bush because of the pink and white splashes on the leaves, is stunning.

Ice Cream bush

Ice Cream bush

She has the most adorable, teeny tiny flowers.

Teeny tiny Iceream Bush flowers

Teeny tiny Iceream Bush 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.

The bird life in our South African garden

The bird life in the garden

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.

Meet spikey the baby swallow

Meet spikey the baby swallow

And the goblin that welcomes fairies to the garden.

Our garden goblin that welcomes all fairies to our South African garden

Our garden goblin that welcomes all fairies

He takes center stage on our wall art, right in the middle of two mirrors that reflect our garden right back at us.

Garden art in a South African Garden

Garden art

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.

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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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Comments

  • Posted: March 30, 2017 16:06

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Michelle your garden can rival any of the greek gardens. It is full of such a big variety of plants. You must definitely have a green thumb because they would not survive if I were in charge. And the artwork just adds to the beauty of your oasis!
    • Posted: March 31, 2017 08:50

      acraftymix

      Thank you Mary, that's such a lovely compliment. We are really very lucky with our garden, she's become self sustaining and because we have such lovely weather in South Africa we tend to spend alot of time outdoors so having a pretty garden helps.
  • Posted: October 3, 2016 12:39

    Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Michelle, what a stunning garden! I love it's beauty, everywhere you look there is another gorgeous plant or flower. There are so many blooms that I've never seen before, and they are a work of art. It's amazing to me how each flower and plant has it's own architecture and style. I love the way you have added pieces of the unexpected here and there, that bird sculpture is incredible! Thanks for the tour, now I think I'll go with you on your walk and enjoy the beauty you've created!
    • Posted: October 3, 2016 13:44

      acraftymix

      You may come walk in our garden anytime you want to Nikki. Thank you so much for the beautiful comment
  • Posted: October 3, 2016 08:14

    Sadhna Grover

    Such a lovely tour of your garden, I know South Africa is a beautiful country with very nice climate. I lived n Pretoria for one year wth my son and lived many years in Botswana.
    • Posted: October 3, 2016 08:38

      acraftymix

      Hello Sadhna, the lady who makes the most beautiful Indian food. Thanks for coming to say hi. Does your son still stay in Pretoria?
  • Posted: October 2, 2016 19:47

    Tara

    I want to spend a day exploring your garden! The flowers are beautiful, and I love all the little surprises. It looks like a very relaxing place to spend time.
    • Posted: October 3, 2016 04:56

      acraftymix

      Yay, thank you Tara. Our garden is definitely our little piece of heaven. She's suffering a little bit at the moment with the heat and water restrictions but they're predicting rain so let's hope. Thanks so much for coming to say hi
  • Posted: October 2, 2016 18:10

    Sarah Jean

    OH my goodness that Spikey...my heart! So cute. haha. Thanks for this tour. I love gardens and love seeing how they are done around the world.
    • Posted: October 3, 2016 04:57

      acraftymix

      It's he just the cutest thing and his mom and dad were so worried about him. Thank you so much for coming to say hi
  • Posted: June 9, 2016 05:47

    Steph

    What a beautiful, well-established garden! A few of those native plants are VERY popular in Australia, but I've never seen the blue/white agapanthus before (and want some). I'm impressed by the huge staghorn fern, and I also have a cat that prefers an actual tree over cat-trees.
    • Posted: June 9, 2016 09:41

      acraftymix

      Aaaaawwww Steph, thank you for coming to say Hi :-) I must say I really enjoyed seeing all the things you've done in your garden and the floating buffet you guys made is just brilliant!!
  • Posted: May 29, 2016 15:03

    Anonymous

    Visiting from Hometalk. Your garden is really beautiful.
    • Posted: May 30, 2016 07:23

      acraftymix

      Welcome!!!! So glad you clicked through for a visit. It makes my day when people come say hi, even anonymously :D
  • Posted: May 11, 2016 21:00

    Keri

    Michelle, thank you for the tour of your beautiful garden in South Africa! What enchanting surroundings. Love all the flowers especially that bleeding heart in the spring. It looks like the birds like your garden as well. That little swallow is too cute!! :)
    • Posted: May 12, 2016 08:16

      acraftymix

      :D We are so fortunate, I love watching how the seasons change in our garden and the swallows have started moving north so if you see Spikey please send him our love.
  • Posted: May 4, 2016 08:33

    Anonymous

    What an incredibly beautiful garden and the pictures are stunning
    • Posted: May 4, 2016 11:38

      acraftymix

      Thank you Anon. Most of the close up photos were taken by my hubby. He's super talented. Thanks again for visiting our garden.
  • Posted: May 3, 2016 06:42

    Valerie

    Exquisite! You have some beautiful plants, they look really healthy, I love your 'ornaments' - in fact it is all absolutely stunning!
    • Posted: May 3, 2016 07:24

      acraftymix

      Thank you Valerie, our garden is our refuge . Give me a big garden and a small house and I'm in heaven.

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