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One fine spring day: Thirty-minute photo shoot

I set myself a personal photo challenge, to photograph only spring flowers in the garden in a short space of time. So, I had to capture what were there, even those flowers that were not “at their best”. Continue reading “One fine spring day: Thirty-minute photo shoot”

From mountains to gardens: Scarlet flowers that brighten winter drabness

I have always regarded this plant as a mountain dweller, as I first fell in love with it in the Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal.  Continue reading “From mountains to gardens: Scarlet flowers that brighten winter drabness”

Fairy-tale fungi: The magic of mushrooms

Not all fungi produce mushrooms, but for those that do, the mushroom is akin to a flower or fruit in a plant. This small mushroom is known as Fairies Bonnets and it lives on decaying wood.  Continue reading “Fairy-tale fungi: The magic of mushrooms”

Festive decorations in the garden

Some Christmas decorations, still popular today, are adopted from old winter solstice traditions.   Continue reading “Festive decorations in the garden”

Do not disturb: Let parts of the garden grow itself

In the wild, grasslands and woodlands grow themselves without any help from us. To an extent (and in miniature) we can mimic this in our suburban gardens. Continue reading “Do not disturb: Let parts of the garden grow itself”

Nostalgia = Pansies

Nostalgia at its most sentimental is encapsulated by the old-fashioned little flower the pansy, a flower hybridised from wild violas. This picture is of pansies in our vegetable patch, glowing warmly in the light of the late afternoon sun. Continue reading “Nostalgia = Pansies”

Letting nature back in via a kitchen garden

Vegetable garden cherry tomatoesThere is a place for a vegetable patch in any suburban garden, including wildlife-friendly gardens. Letting nature back in can include growing food plants and letting nature into your kitchen. In keeping with my rather laissez-faire attitude to gardening, we stick with herbs and vegetables that are relatively easy to grow and suited to the local climate and soils. Continue reading “Letting nature back in via a kitchen garden”

Why this blog?

This blog celebrates the creatures, birds and plants – the inhabitants and survivors that continue to enrich suburban spaces and the lives of the humans who are fortunate enough to live there too. It also celebrates people who care and highlights practical activities and information on wildlife-friendly gardens. It features images taken in my own garden reflecting that there is still life in suburban spaces, and it reflects on sustainable approaches to gardening and housekeeping. Continue reading “Why this blog?”

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