Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November has arrived; almost a summer garden.

Today I picked the first Gladioli I planted for picking.

The kitchen garden provides now many Zucchini, green, yellow and mottled.

I try to cook this vegetable in many different ways.
 Preferring the Mediterranean way, my favourite taste.

Mixed with other Vegetables like sweet potatoes, 
Aubergines and tomatoes, rosemary, parsley and thyme.

Baked with parsley, thyme, olive oil and Parmesan. It was very tasty.

This was tasty too. 
1 slice of home made bread cut into cubes, 2 cups Zucchini cut into cubes, add enough melted butter to the bread cubes, mix into the zucchini cubes, add your favourite herbs add a little olive oil and  grated cheese on top, preferably an Italian cheese. Bake in the oven 180 C (360 F) until soft and browned on top. Around 30 minutes.



 While I am waiting for the milk to cool down to make yogurt, using the time to show of a few more beauties after some rain last night.

Jut to pretty not to show...

Roset Delizy, first I thought it was a different one but the open flowers show the yellow heart.

Amelia Anderson also a new old rose I planted this August. I have already a few more on my bucket list  to order next winter!

Mr. Lincoln I love in my garden for its looks and its fragrance.

The lovely Marie van Houtte.


The Butterfly Garden;

Salvia Meigan's Magic.

The butterfly garden evolved over a few years from an ugly strip of rough grass along the driveway.
Now, it is flourishing with bugs, bees and butterflies.

Salvia African Sky.

Turns and twists of  a spider Daylily.

Caterpillars are a must have in the garden  if you love butterflies.Ts

Butterflies are the ballerinas in the air, glissade, grand jeté ...Ts

A lucky butterfly may live around a fortnight! Ts


As a child I read once a story that flowers accepted only  the same coloured butterflies, Yellow flowers  for yellow butterflies. I felt sad because I loved to see a yellow butterfly on a pink rose.

Tea Rose Perfumed Delight; lost the original but fortunately made two cuttings. Both flowering now.
Last year I have seen swarms of dancing butterflies, hundreds, it was an awesome sight. Ts

More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
~William Wordsworth, "To a Butterfly"

Blue sky,  sweet fragrance of flowers, dancing butterflies, magic.Ts


An early morning walk along the Butterfly garden.

One of the spider Daylilies growing in the "spider" border along the drive way.

The perfume of Gardenia tells you where the plant is hiding.  I received a Gardenia from dear friends very early when I established this garden, probably 25 years ago. The original plant is still growing and flowering in the upper terrace garden. This is a cutting I made for the butterfly garden a few years ago.

Spider Daylily, very floriferous,  the flowers are around 25 cm across,
they are huge attention seekers.

Salvia microphylla Peru Blue, has underground rhizomes. It is a great plant to grow.
 This Salvia  does not have any star allures.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait. 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from his poetry Psalm of Life.

A rainy day, on and off;

It gave me enough time in between to do a bit of weeding, as weed lift out easily when the soil is wet.   l also spotted a few of my own Daylily seedlings flowering this year the first time.

Trixie a vibrant red with a pretty green, well formed  heart. Slightly pleated petals.

Aria, a triangual form, nice pink with a deep green heart and darker feathering around the heart. Nicely recurved and slightly frilled.

Allegra, I think this one has turned out pretty well. Nicely recurved, round, double and a really nice colour well proportioned.

A garden, doodle book is fun to make.

....that's it for today, enjoy. See you another day.

©Photos my garden,Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October; a month of colours and smiles;

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul.” 
― Thomas More

I do not fully agree with this as I think animals have a soul as well, sometimes more so than humans.

October  comes from the name octo latin for eight.  On the ancient roman calendar October was the 8ht month not like today the 10th month of the year.

Photo 04/October 2017 6:16 AM

Daily visitors.

October a month of Hippies.

Bold and Beautiful

The first to flower; Photo 03/October 2017  2:53 PM

14/October 2017
The days have run away as fast as they could. Today rain glorious rain to nourish our dry soil.

Bulbs love October; they are or are getting ready to show off their radiant, ravishing colours.

Chilli Spice

Orange Sherbet

A garden not loved ceases to grow, it dies and with it all the  pleasure of existing.Ts

A few of the first daylilies to flower. (Petticoat frills)

Louisiana Iris, have a short, glorious time in October

Pecan nut tree with its attractive pendulous flowers.  Bees love them.

 Jaboticaba tree, fruit grows along the branches. Oh,  so  looking forward to the fruit, delicious.

Salvia Majestic Spires has a long flowering period, practically all year round. When one flush is finished I prune the plant and it starts to grow the next flush of flowers right away.

Jeanne Ducher has proven to be the right choice. The Rosebush has grown well, full of buds and the first to flower.

 Rain 80 mm in the rain Gauge, this morning.

Peter's favourites were red Geraniums.

Irene Watts, always enchanting when in full flower.

...and a glimpse into the herb garden, grows many other plants as well like a miniature Peach tree , a fig tree, along a wall Bougainvillea , daisies, roses and some old cacti needing protection and heat.

the last day in October has arrived and with it some rain, heat,  and tonight quite cool again. My last chance to post a few pictures from October.
The garden is very colourful now with Hippeastrums, Daylilies and many others flowering now.

Daylilies, some fine yellow coloured.

Masterplan  has very big flowers, floriferous, this daylily has been one of the first in my garden.

Two of my own seedlings from 2014

Hippeastrums provide a bright flash of colour for around 2 month

Pretty Rosette Delizy just started to flower. I am wondering if I got a different rose, as it does not at all look like R.D. Time will tell. Anyway it is a beautiful small, old tea rose.

Epiphillum have grand flowers for a short but sweet time.

Dancing Lady Orchid; Oncidium.


To have and own a garden means watering,  pruning, planting and weeding. If you just take an easy chair  and watch others do the work  means you are just an audience nothing more and the garden keeps its secrets from you.

This was October more or less.

©Photos/Text Ts Lavender & Vanilla