37 Albert Street, ALEXANDRA
Shade in the garden was nonexistent when we arrived in 1998, but now the table has turned enabling a wider range of plants to be grown. We have even begun to prune the trees.
This garden is packed with flowering plants - those grown from tubers, rhizomes and bulbs are a passion of ours as some of these will be flowering every season. Somewhere in the garden will be a plant from every continent except Antarctica, unless someone can prove that the lichens on our rocks are also found growing way down south!
Over the last six years a small collection of Vireya rhododendrons have been established in hanging baskets giving us flowers over many months. We have collected seed from these and the first seedlings are now about 20 cm tall. These rhododendrons suffered in the heat of last summer as we could not get enough moisture into the atmosphere to stop their leaves from cooking. After clearing out the dead branches in the autumn new growth has begun and the flowers are beginning to break.
As hot and dry as this last summer was, it did wonders for a lot of the South African and Mediterranean bulbs. The autumn flowering crocus from Turkey and Greece, the nerines from South Africa and rhodophilia from South America have put on their best displays during this 2019 Autumn.
As in most gardens weeds are a constant problem, we feel we have won the battle against cape weed and onion weed, our next challenge is the annual creeping oxalis and it is well on its way out now!