Garden Update

I recently spent the morning in the garden with our gardener / handyman and I am very proud of our efforts, everything is neat and tidy again.  Sadly though it is quite dry.  We have been enjoying a very hot summer with very little rain.

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Our fig tree has been very kind to us this year and produced more than enough fruit for us and all the birds.

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I rescued this succulent from a rubbish heap and it has thanked me by growing beautifully.

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Our attempts at creating a  topiary peach tree have been fairy successful, however it grows so fast that we can’t always keep up with it.  I’m still baffled why the previous owners planted where it is.  If left to its own devices, the two bedrooms behind it would never get any sunlight.

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For some obscure reason this rope was placed in the tree to be kept out of the way and has just stayed there.  Oh well, it’s original I guess.

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I am very happy to see the first peppadews of the season.

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54 thoughts on “Garden Update

  1. Mandy, such a pretty space you have! I’m so glad your fig tree is growing well, and the succulents are gorgeous! I’ve been taking photos of our garden too, and it also has succulents, but only little echeveria, not huge agaves like your magnificent specimen!

    • I wish I knew what the names of everything is in the garden Celia – we have another type of succulent too which grows beautifully big and makes babies all the time. Would be fabulous to send you a baby of each one. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo

  2. Oh my word! Where do you get peppadews from? Ive been looking frantically only to find out you can get them “in secret” from a farmer in Cape Town, as the producers of peppadews land is so strictly guarded

  3. Oh I am so jealous! I was just reading Adam’s (The Unorthodox Epicure) blog about Meyer lemons & thinking that I just have to try growing them myself. Of course I’ve got quite a wait for the ground to thaw but I understand that they can be grown indoors & I figure maybe I’d get a jump on it.
    I see what you mean about that tree being close to your house but I found when we built here that most builder’s landscapers are planting such small trees & plantings that they invariably plant too close to the foundation. We had to take down what could have been a pretty hemlock but it got out of control. Once things really take root though, getting them out & restarting is a major project.
    If you ever get a horse stopping by you could use that rope to hitch it.
    I really love that succulent!

  4. What a big beautiful fig tree. I have to grow mine in a container so that I can bring it into the garage for overwintering so it never gets very large, I do get a few quarts of figs from it though.
    Had to get rid of my succulents. My deer keep nibbling on them.

    • I remember you saying you have a fig tree in a pot – I really should try that – sort of a big bonsai 😉 I never realised deer have a palette for succulents. Must be fabulous to have deer roaming your garden although I am sure they are quite destructive. Have a super weekend Norma. 🙂 xo

  5. You have such a large yard, Mandy, and it certainly looks well-tended. Your fig tree is beautiful and so loaded with fruit! Is it normal for things to be so dry this time of year? Is there reason to think that rains are coming? On the other hand, it looks like the perfect climate for your succulents. They all seem to be thriving.
    Have a great weekend, relaxing in your yard, a glass of wine in hand. 🙂

    • I like the way you think John, relaxing with a glass of wine in hand. 😀 We generally get rain all year around but the seasons have been somewhat odd the last couple of years. Just so long as it isn’t cold, I can handle any weather. Have an awesome weekend. 🙂 xo

  6. So very lovely, my dearest! I am just now getting started on preparations for seeding and the like in our garden–I’ll be planting and finishing that sort of thing in the next couple of weeks unless we get a surprise heavy freeze after this. Your garden looks beautiful, and any garden that offers both peaches and figs seems pretty nearly perfect to me! xoxoxo K 🙂

    • Kathryn, your garden is always so beautiful, I hope you don’t a get heavy freeze. Have a beautiful love filled weekend. I am off to the airport to fetch my hubby who has been away from home for nearly 3 weeks! 🙂 xo

  7. they are all just beautiful! I am itching wanting to get my hands into my garden for the spring and plant some amazing things this year but I just haven’t had a chance yet. Good thing I have a little time left:) Love that rope it the tree- gives is character:)

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