While there is not much in the way of flowers in our wintry garden – and the temperature seems to drop by the day – there are a variety of interesting leaves. The first of these are the remnants of the Sword Ferns (Nephrolepsis exaltata), which I try to keep under control so that they do not overrun the garden. Here they are caught in the dappled afternoon light:

Next are the beautifully shaped leaves of the Delicious Monster (known in some quarters as the Swiss cheese plant), which outgrew its pot years ago and now has the freedom to expand in the shadiest part of the garden:

There are not many leaves left on the Frangipani (Plumeria) tree, as most of them have fallen off and lie wrinkled and brown on what should be a lawn beneath it:

Having looked at the exotic plants, let us turn to some of the many indigenous trees and shrubs. The first of these is the Ginger Bush (Tetradenia riparia), which is in bloom now while putting out a new lot of leaves, which is why they are still so small:

Almost leafless is the Blinkblaar-wag-‘n-bietjie (Ziziphus mucronata) growing near the front door:

The beautiful shape of the leaves of a Cussonia (Cabbage) tree is silhouetted when I sit in its shade:

Lastly, these are the rather thin-looking, slightly shrivelled leaves of the Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) that will flesh out once the rains come:

22 thoughts on “LEAVES IN MY GARDEN

  1. While flowers give us great pops of color it is the foliage that ground the garden and give us the rich forms and support the garden.

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  2. Do you also leave the dead leaves on the ground, Anne, especially where they don’t threaten a lawn? I find that the small leaves dropped during early winter from our Cape Honeysuckles makes an excellent ground cover keeping the soil moist and the earthworms nice and fat for when the Robin-Chats and Thrushes come visiting. By the time the first summer rains arrive the leaves are almost all decomposed in any event without me needing to try and get to them with a rake or broom. The joys of gardening with nature.

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    • Leaving the leaves on the ground makes a lot of sense to me: only the ones that land in the pool are cleared away. I shudder at the sound of leaf blowers being used in neighbouring gardens – what a waste! Forests benefit from the mulch formed by fallen leaves and so do our gardens 🙂

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  3. Lovely to feature leaves and I am always happy to hear about people leaving the leaves as a natural mulch. I feel the same way about leaf blowers as you do. I particularly enjoyed your photos of the cabbage tree and of what I usually call the buffalo thorn even though the Afrikaans name is most descriptive.


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