Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March, lets autumn sing...

The  first few days of autumn continued the heat and humidity of summer. Last night it seems it broke, the rain came down in buckets, all night long, and today it's raining...raining..

6/March 2018

Lotus leaves in the pond  are hearing the call of autumn, preparing themselves for a rest.

Beautiful autumn colours of this pretty Hibiscus with its intense show of  reds and yellows.

Bulbs too wake up.

This bulb, belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family. Lycoris  originate from  China and Japan. Lycoris resembles the South African Nerines. Suddenly in March the spikes appear very quickly from today to tomorrow. They are spectacular, exotically beautiful.  40-60cm tall. They are very unpredictable depending  on seasonal factors, like rain  or dryness etc.

Bulbs wake up too.

Zephyrantes, Rainlilies.

A couple of paintings in progress. While humidity and heat were beating down, it was  nice sitting under the ceiling fan and paint while humidity and heat of the summer season was prevalent. 

Lovely to gather fruit in the garden, delicious Passion fruit.

I am getting back to you soon, enjoy what ever you are doing.


The pleasure of growing
Salvia for the warm climate

S. leucantha Pink Velour
I thought I lost this beauty, but luckily I made earlier  a cutting which is now flowering.  Must remember to make a few more!

S. Anthony Parker, an autumn flowering S.

S. Meigan's Magic, flowering from spring into winter when it has its final pruning, to restart in spring again. Its white flowers contrast beautifully with its dark purple calyxes.

S.Peru Blue, a fantastic intense blue with exotic anthers makes this one a favourite. It grows easily with underground rhizomes, does not mind dry soil.

Stately and freely flowering S. Madrensis is everyone's favourite. It makes the occasional seedlings with self sowing.

These are just a few of my collection growing since many years and thriving in my garden.

Dahlias are doing well at the moment in the upper garden, they like quite a bit of moisture to flourish. At the beginning they had a struggle because it was to dry.

Tomorrow is always present to pounce... see ya..

I had a lot of trouble with blogger, I could not get into my blogs anymore despite EM and PW. I hope it is sorted now for good.👿

© Pictures my garden Text Ts

Sunday, February 4, 2018

February...a walk around the garden in 28 days...


February has never been my favoured month. To me it is sort of not here nor there. Summer is on its way out and autumn winks, yet there is not that much difference in the weather, it might still be hot, thunderstorms hopefully, and another sprint of flowers from summer plants. The long waited for rain has arrived and revived the garden.

Some of the daylilies are making another appearance. This is the lovely "Pure Indulgence" a strong and floriferous daylily.

Today, enjoying a coffee sitting quietly at the edge of the pond and watching all the small visitors around. Many butterflies flitting past, lovely colours, blue, yellow, some dark with white spots. Dragon flies like ballerinas dancing over the water.  Insects, bees are busy and it seems this is a place where one can hear the silence. To have the capacity to enjoy solitude is an inner force. Just now I see my little bar-shouldered dove sitting on the rim of the food bowl, enjoying the sun, lifting her wings. Small momentary observations are precious.

Little Corellas are sweet birds, welcome to the food bowl.

New leaves on cycad. Cycadophyta/Cycads, plants with a long fossil history, dinosaurs of the plant world. They typically have a stout and woody trunk with a crown of large, hard and stiff, evergreen leaves. 

February is the Month to harvest Mangoes; making Mango chutney and Mango jam for family, friends and myself.😉

Mango sorbet.

Bromeliads are a good choice for the subtropical garden, if you do not have a lot of time or do not enjoy a lot of gardening. They are nearly self sufficient. Especially the species which do not grow to fast.


A glimpse into the garden, after rain nice and fresh again.

Daylily Daisy Broussard tricked by the rain to flower again.

Bougainvillea, pretty with variegation.

Yesterday it was windy to make the big palm leaves sway and rustle.

China rose "Old blush"  still pretty  past the prime.

This early morning I was in the kitchen garden; I have sown
 a row of sugar peas
a row of  beetroot and planted spring onions.

Cucumbers, Zucchii and Aubergines  are already growing. Most of the summer crop is finished, the last the pumpkins to go.

That's it for today see you around next time.🍆🐍 I have a Python in the veg garden.



It was a very hot week. the beans were growing nicely but have succumbed to the heat, a few are still standing.

I am harvesting Soursop. they are big between 1-2 kg each, some are a bit smaller. It is not a big tree and I won't let it get to big.

Tree in my garden.

the fruit is fibrous, delicious and very healthy.

Soursop Ice cream a tropical delight.

I use the Thermomix reverse cycle to get the seed out as they  are enclosed in small fibrous pockets  and quite tedious to get out. With the Thermomix it works  well.

A few excerpts from

While the flavor is enough to make this a popular fruit, the rich vitamin and nutrient content of the fruit includes vitamin Cvitamin B, and a number of antioxidant compounds. The juice from soursop has been used topically, while pulverized seeds and decoctions made of leaves are also popular forms of natural remedies. You can also use the leaves and pulverized seeds to brew a powerful tea, which also has a number of impressive effects on the human body.

The anti-parasitic nature of soursop has made it a popular treatment in many of the rural areas of Latin and South America, particularly in areas where parasitic infections are more common. By brewing a tea from the leaves of the fruit, you can cleanse your gut and ensure that your gastrointestinal system is running smoothly...and so much more. 
If you are interested

Last day in February. We had very hot and humid days, rain  was good, easier to get into autumn, as vegetable planting starts more seriously in March through April.

Today I have harvested again  2 big  Soursops, the last for a while. 2 big ones have fallen down and  were rotten when I found them, as it was raining heavily and I did not go up to the kitchen garden where the tree grows.

I can also harvest lots of Passion fruit now. Sweet and delicious.

I think I give everything a miss now and I see you again in  March.

My favourite time of the day when the early morning sun hits the garden.

Happy Morning, happy day. Ts

Morning is my favoured time because the whole day is still a  Mystery,Ts

Sorry, I can not reply to comments. I have alerted Google but I guess I wait in vain, nothing has been  done despite sending feedback a few times. I have tried again the replies disappear. I have seen many other bloggers have the same problem.

©Photos my garden, Text Ts Lavender&Vanilla

Monday, January 1, 2018

A new year, a new beginning...the January garden.

January 2018  Happy New Year

Welcome to a new year in the garden

Some of the birds visiting every day; there are many more, some are seasonal.

I do not like birds to be caged. I think it is very sad for a bird to be caged. Think, to be able to fly and be caught behind bars. It is very cruel. If…I would ban to cage birds all over the world.

Water bowl for bees.

China Rose, Old Blush, also called Parson's Pink. Bees love them, always swarming with bees. This rose is flowering through summer, winter, spring and autumn. It is a simple rose but amazing, very beautiful. The first rose from China introduced to Europe to create Tea-roses. Probably cultivated in China before the 10th century. 
I prune the spend flowers and on goes the flowering. 
Food and water is paramount for roses.

January, summer, heat, clouds, storms, thunder and lightening...


Slowly moving and getting used to a new year. As usual this time of year it is hot and humid around 34 - 35 C

The kitchen garden produces now Melons and Pumpkins, later also sweet potatoes. Early mornings are reserved for the kitchen garden to keep it tidy and watered.

That's I there wading through the pumpkin leaves.

Pumpkins are classified as fruit not as vegetable.  Aren't they just absolutely marvellous?

Looking over to the neighbour's property, beautiful native tree flowering now. I think this is Buckinghamia celsissima, commonly known as the ivory curl. A species of trees, constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae. They grow naturally only in the wet tropics rainforests areas of north eastern Queensland, Australia. 

Dwarf Dahlia are flowering now on the upper Terrace gardens where the Kitchen garden is located.

Catharantus  are pretty toughies, they do not need special coaxing to look so friendly and pink

The pretty old rose Amelia Anderson. A Bishop's Lodge Rose. The old roses are making buds again now. As small vases I use empty perfume bottles. Generally they are so pretty and well made that it  is a shame just to discard them. I take off  the spray thingy which sometimes can be a pain in the butt to do, as it generally does not come off easily.

Here is another one;


Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, 
Whispering 'it will be happier'...” 
― Alfred Tennyson

It seems it was a long month, hot and dry;

The garden looks fairly dry, looking forward to some rain. A few spits today.

Waterlilies are flowering well now.

Mussaenda has no problem with dryness.

Grevillias do not mind it either, Australian natives are used to dryness.

Even the bog garden dried out and I had to water the water hungry, liefy plants.

Daisy kind of flowers, as the name suggests pretty, straight forward no glam. great for the dry garden, no fuss no drama with these plants from South Africa.

The  first page of the new year has already some scribbles, little notes of another beginning, still shrouded in cobwebs sticky and opaque, waiting for the time to move forward, today, tomorrow...Ts


Every day this lizard makes a visit from  the wild garden. Goes for a swim in the pond.

I do enjoy the Dahlias, they have suffered in the hot and dry. Now after some rain they are fine again.

Good bye Lulu, you were a favourite visitor. Lulu has joined her friends over the rainbow and rests in the garden. She was 13 Years old.


The sentence is spoken there is no  return 31 days  have flown the roost, good, bad or wonderful it does not matter anymore. The first 31 days of the  new year are gone, have already become part of that little piece of sky you may see from a quick, backward glance.. ..

Maybe I see you around  in February.

©Photos/ Texts etc.  Ts Lavender and Vanilla.