CHRISTINE’S Q and A

CHRISTINE – whose garden is open on 12th and 13th November -on her garden………

What inspires me to garden is that my garden is small; approximately 200 sq Metres, colourful and compact – nicely landscaped and I have ample fresh water from my well point.

I love the huge Moon tree which produces masses of flowers a few times a year – hopefully on the 12th November this year- it is near the small round swimming pool.

I am semi retired so do have free time – and one needs lots of that. I just love being in the garden and spend two full days and a couple of hours intermittently every week. My mother and grandfather were great gardeners – the old fashioned way, which has affected me too.

I have a very capable Gardener who I have trained over the past 6 years. His name is Nelson and works once a week – never misses a day’s work

When I moved to this Bergvliet home three years ago I stared landscaping the garden myself and looked to see how I could improve it. Having never done this before I discovered that there is always plenty of help to be had – Google on the internet, nursery men, and then I found new friends – who also love to garden. I joined the Flourish garden club which meets once a month.
Being a novice at gardening I gained much inspiration and knowledge from the members of the club

Over the past three years my garden has delighted both myself and many others which is very satisfying and encouraged me to accept the invitation from Constantia Valley garden club to open my garden to the public in aid of charity. One could call my garden a type of English Country garden which changes into a tropical area around the small circular swimming pool

Plants that make me the happiest must be beautiful and colourful but my special loves are hanging baskets which I make myself. I recently became very involved with Fuchsias (Jane’s Fuchsias) Jane is a wealth of knowledge on that subject

What I love most of all is to spend time pottering around in my little nursery out the back where I have my hanging baskets and fuchsias. If I remove something from the garden or cut it back I never throw it away – always putting it into a small pot to grow and give away to a friend. Otherwise taking cutting, it gives me great pleasure to see them grow
The nursery has a bright fluorescent light in it which allows me to spend time out there at night – Love it!!

There is nothing much I dislike doing in the garden — maybe two things —- bending over and digging —-and taking phone calls on the portable phone!

I never do heavy work in the garden –I leave that for Nelson
This time of the year, August, we have completed digging in 64 bags of compost to the garden, cleaned out the entire old deadwood, pruned the trees and cut back shrubs.
Once the roses have been pruned at the end of July I will add the rabbit manure to the garden.(P.S. Christine uses sun baked, crushed egg shells deter snails and slug – see the picture)
1st September the lawn will be scarified and Super Phosphates applied.

My garden is not water wise but I am very careful and respectful not waste our precious water
So my irrigation is monitored so as to gain the maximum benefit to the garden

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