Having inherited a rather bare, neglected garden featuring a collection of thorny cacti growing in gravel-covered beds, I now rejoice that our garden has grown into a forest of indigenous trees, shrubs and creepers. I would like to share some of the splashes of colour that are brightening it up at the moment.

My style of gardening lends itself to allowing plants to grow where they feel most comfortable – they literally have to seek their own patches of sunshine. Thus I have a self-sown lemon tree pushing its way through the tangle of pompon trees in the front garden; self-sown carrots and parsley all over the back garden; and nasturtiums peeping out wherever there is sun.

nasturtiumThere is even a climbing rose, which a previous owner must have planted years ago, now adorning the trees that shield us from much of the sound of passing traffic.

roseThe masses of white Marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens) blloming abundantly at the moment. They originally came as slips from my parents’ farm in Mpumulanga.

marguerite daisyAt first I would carefully pot slips to keep them going and now I find so many self-sown seedlings that I leave them where they are.

marguerite daisyA Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) popped up unexpectedly – from seeds blown in from a neighbouring garden perhaps?

Sweet WilliamThe same happened with a Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata) which is threading its way around the stump of a tree which came down several years ago.

black-eyed susanWarm evenings are not as heavily scented now that the Brunsfelsia pauciflora – commonly known as the Yesterday, today and tomorrow flower – is nearing the end of its blooming period.

Brunsfelsia paucifloraSeveral varieties of lavender make a brave show at different times of the year. They have all arrived as slips from the gardens of friends.

lavenderThis pink geranium is the sole survivor of many I once brought from the farm garden I left behind so long ago now.

geraniumThe Cross-berries (Grewia occidentalis) are blooming now.

Grewia occidentalisSo is the Plumbago auriculata.

Plumbago auriculataI cannot resist leaving you with an image of one of the many strawberries ripe for the picking outside my kitchen. I was given four plants and now the number keeps growing!



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