I keep harping on about the drought, and with good reason for both Howieson’s Poort and Settler’s Dam have run out of water – leaving our town in dire straits. The very light (and little) rain that has fallen has not been enough to provide the much-needed runoff that will make its way to these vital storage dams. Nonetheless, the rain has made a noticeable difference to the vegetation and has been captured in hollows, such as this aloe leaf in my garden

The aloes now have a beautifully green backdrop that provides shelter for the birds.

Our forested garden is becoming rejuvenated: the Natal Fig is heavy with fruit that attracts African Green Pigeons, Red-winged Starlings, Speckled Mousebirds, Cape White-eyes, Olive Thrushes, and many other birds. The pompon trees are filled with swelling buds that will soon provide a beautiful display of pink flowers – and the Cape Chestnut is already blooming!

Fine droplets of welcome rain cling to the leaves of a canary creeper.

It is a pleasure to sit in the shade outdoors and to enjoy all of this green – last December our garden looked apocalyptically brown and skeletal!

30 thoughts on “HOW GREEN IS MY … GARDEN

  1. You have a really attractive garden, rich in a wide variety of lovely plants – in spite of the dire lack of regular rainfall.
    Your mature trees and shrubs are providing essential shade, in addition to a most pleasing structural framework. The aloes stand out superbly as statement plants.
    You certainly have ensured all of the desirable elements for attracting birds and other wildlife. I’d want to spend all day out there!
    On the downside, your potable water situation is very scary! If only HOPE could bring about actual rain – I’m hoping like crazy, anyway!

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    • Having lived here you will no doubt have heard the term ‘green drought’: when enough rain falls to green up the grass but not enough to penetrate deeply into the soil or provide run-off for the dams. So, superficially it all looks wonderful, yet we still have no sound water table and the dams remain empty.


      • Neither my husband nor I heard the term, ‘green drought’ whilst living in Grahamstown as students in the early to mid ‘70s. We cannot recall having had water shortages in those years. We did, however, have frequent power outages! Sometimes for hours at a time.


  2. Quite beautiful, Anne, and easy to see why your garden qualifies as a bird sanctuary!
    We’re holding thumbs with you that you’ll get enough rain before the end of the season to fill those reservoirs.


      • We’re looking forward to our visit very much, Anne, but also keeping a worried eye on what restrictions might soon be placed on us again due to the “second wave” that’s now also gaining momentum here in Gauteng.


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