So - whatever flowers grow here are tough ones. They must make do with whatever rain falls from the sky, or that which is waste water that I am unable to get to my veggie beds which are situated on the higher part of the property.
Also, if one is observant in late winter / early spring and you will spy incy-wincy wild flowers - bend down almost to ground level for your reward. It is well worth the effort.
Want a tour of the colour in my garden?
You have already seen the fruit tree blossoms, so I won't repeat those again.
Starting at the back door...
I have a pot of azaleas - they are watered with Scallywags water bowl - whenever we change his water, whatever is left in the bowl gets chucked into the flower pot.
|Pink azaleas - still in the pot from our town house|
In the only shade bed I have (which is situated on the southern side of the house right next to the kitchen door), I planted some clivia seeds which I had harvested from our old town house before we moved.
|Orange clivia propagated from seed|
(info on how to do that here)
Three years later, they are doing a wonderful job of softening the appearance of the worm bins. As each year passes so each and every plant will increase the number of flower heads it produces. In the years to come it is going to be a stunning display.
We have a gutter drainpipe which leads to that bed, so any rain / overnight condensation which drizzles from the roof of the kitchen porch does the job.
Surprisingly, a lavender bush which grew from a piece which landed in that bed (who knows how?) is doing very well. Bear in mind this bed gets no direct sunshine - ever. The only "light" it gets is reflected off the garage wall and across the courtyard.
|Rose bushes watered by the|
washing machine outflow pipe
visible in the bottom right corner
Then, across the courtyard is our rose bed. These roses are watered by the washing machine outlet pipe.
|Red rose buds bursting forth|
on the rose bushes
Even though I seriously pruned these roses roughly a month ago, their growth is astounding, and they are already sporting lots of buds.
And, hiding below the roses...
|Chives hiding under the rose bushes|
... is a chive plant. As you can see it just loves it there - it's tiny purple flowers are popping up all over the place. (Note to self: it's time to "carefully" harvest some chives :) )
Out on the driveway, sweet peas grow round the fiddlewood tree - they are only winter rain watered. And, self-seeded from last year.
And, in the front of the house area, situated next to the grey water bed...
|This is and the end of one branch - and|
there are currently 10 branches with flowers
The paulownia tree is magnificent this year. This tree is only 1.5mtrs tall and the display is already breathtaking.
|A close-up of the Paulownia flower|
I can only imagine what it will be like when the paulownia is at adult height - anything from 20mtrs to 50mtrs high. Obviously, 50mtrs is achieved in perfect conditions - the average of 20mtrs will be more than sufficient.
In the actual grey-water pond there are two self-seeded (by the birds, most probably) arum lily plants.
|One of the arum lily plants|
|In the foreground is self-seeded phlox - from a plant|
which was growing in a pot in our town house garden
in the foreground, and a yellow poker type plant
in the background
Diana - can you help identify this plant?
plant under the acacia
Once the flowers are gone (azalea, clivia, chive, paulownia, arum and kalanchoe) my veggie garden starts producing. And that is a different kind of harvest ;)
Firstly, my garden gives me food for my eyes, heart and soul, and then food for our bodies. I have it all :)