What we’ve been up to

Bloukappie

Bloukappie

I do realise that I have not posted anything lately, so I thought I would just give a quick update to show that I am still alive. 

I must still get to writing posts on Barcelona and France (see here if you missed what it is about). Since being home work has been extremely busy and it is SPRING! The long awaited spring has arrived and true to history Spring Day was cold and gloomy. With Spring however comes spring cleaning.

Being spring it means that we desperately needed to tackle our garden and get everything ready and trimmed, we probably had to do this in August, but there really were no time to get to it. This has been a major project lately, I almost want to say that some tears and heartache has gone into the project. For those of you who have been following my blog would know we moved house recently, for the rest you can find a post here. We moved in right before winter and decided to leave everything as is to give us time to experience the garden and make better choices on what we want and what not.

So getting to the tears and heartache part.. the garden was beautiful (from far but far from beautiful up close), massive rosemary bushes were in full flower, trees nice and green, you get the picture. When we started going through the garden we realised it has not really been cared for or trimmed back probably for the last 10 – 12 years. Plants have overgrown each other. (We have quite a lot of skew plants we found buried underneath rosemary, plumbagos and jasmine) Some plants have turned hardened and dead on the inside with only green tips. The trees (this part is the where the real tears come in) are planted too close to each other, so they are fighting for space. The trees are also planted against the wall, which means that beautifully settled trees are a hazard and they have to go as they are already pushing the wall.

We are working on a plan to get friends to take the trees to their much larger garden, but professional tree removers would have to come in and see if it is possible. Lets hope so! We have also battled to get rid of a trailing Jasmine. Yes I agree there is nothing as beautiful that smells as good as Jasmine, but this one has taken over the garden and trailed up against literally every plant in our garden and it is slowly but surely strangling them. Other than that we have trimmed the garden back a lot. It will get a fresh layer of compost (probably the first layer in 10 years) and where we could not save the plants we will replace them with fresh new ones or cuttings. We are also looking at tree options as we definitely want to replace trees being taken out by planting the new ones at better positions so that this tragic experience does not have to be repeated over ten years again. We really love trees.

Then getting to the grass, this has been nice and green all winter, mostly from the moss growing all over the non-existent lawn. We do get a bit of shade and have been researching different grass types. Not sure whether you have ever heard of Buffalo Sapphire, it is a hardened grass that is easy to control but can survive much more shade than your normal Kikuyu grass, it does have a finer leaf than the normal Buffalo grass. We will be planting plugs which will take between 4 – 6 months to grow. Work in progress they say. I will give a review on this down the line as there aren’t too many information on this in South Africa yet.

I will hopefully have some before and after photos for you in the near future. I do realise it will take a while for the garden to settle and that we will miss the fuller look before the trim, but it was way past necessary at this stage and years overdue.

It really is exciting to work on this together with my husband and be able to dream about our home and garden.

M@Home

Right branch pressing against the wall

Right branch pressing against the wall

Two trees growing right into each other

Two trees growing right into each other

Bushes never trimmed, overgrown and almost dead

Bushes never trimmed, overgrown and almost dead

Jasmine taking over

Jasmine taking over

4 different types of grass with moss giving most of the green colour

4 different types of grass with moss giving most of the green colour

Shrub in need of a trim (but this is a quick and easy trim) - just thought it is a nice picture

Shrub in need of a trim (but this is a quick and easy trim) – just thought it is a nice picture

Rosemary - beautiful flowers on tips - very overgrown unfortunately

Rosemary – beautiful flowers on tips – very overgrown unfortunately

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