In Celebration of Garden Day 2017…

There are so many things to consider when you decide to pack up and move, in most cases, in pursuit of a better life. But when you sit in your garden and wonder what could be better than this? You start to find all the reasons not to move!

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A garden is way to root yourself into a place. It is your love and labour, your sweat and solitude, your joy and love, your creativity and unique expression. How do you just pack up and leave, without picking up and leave?

You show your house, and what a show, it is August and our Aloes are in full bloom. Ooo and aaah, you hear the applause but in your heart you just want to stay put, you don’t want to sell anymore, you just want to linger a little longer, here in the lavish comfort of your own home, your own garden. It takes time, to get it just right. To understand your soil, your rainfall, your light, your seasons. It all takes time to create the special haven you want. It is not for someone else. It is for you and your family, with your specific requirements.

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Silk flowers by tianas_little_shop

An then. You have to leave. It leaves me full of emotion.

A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion “ — Liberty Hyde Bailey

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zhoozsh_linen made this amazing silk floral wreath. I had to look twice! Annapat Kids Clothing is always with us, linen is forever.

I love my plants. All of them. I put equal effort into making them all grow to their full potential. To nurture them to the point where they thrive. And then you move.

Before you move, you check if you are in line with the “Sale of Property” rules. What may be moved and what may not. According a Property 24: if an item is bolted, cemented, sown or planted and has taken root, it is generally regarded as permanent. A contentious issue can arise when it comes to structures such as Wendy houses, pergolas or other similar structures.  The seller should provide the buyer with plans if the structures are permanent and will remain on the property.

Cemented, sown or planted!! Sown or planted!

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Needless to say, I reserved my broken-heartedness to the plenty. The planted and rooted. But the planted many! So many that you would not see the difference if 2, 3, 4 of 5 were harvested. I did not uplift any roots. I took from the tough. The plenty and mighty tough. Aloes and other succulents. Regenerative by vegetative parts, easy to grow, hardy and oh so thankful.

A useful tip when moving plants: do it in late Autumn or early spring (this is when plants are usually but not exclusively ‘sleeping’ ). Again, because I moved succulents, I did not have to dig out anything, I simply harvested the pups. Aloe’s have offsets and by the time they have at least three leaves, they are considered pups, and can be removed. These puppies are mature enough to root and produce their own plant sugars for survival (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-plant-propagation.htm)

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Nonetheless, nurture these babies. Potting them at first, keeping them in shade and relatively well watered will help reintroducing these lovelies into your new garden!

Well, I’ve done just that, and after a little bit more than a month, I now have happy aloes, a few new lavenders, very few medicinal plants (not so easy to obtain) and a plan to start my veggie boxes next week. We have moved to a vastly different climate, and the biggest challenge we face in the Western Cape is our rainfall. It’s no secret that we are dealing with one of the driest spells ever, that we are limited to a “bathing of our essentials” and that watering a garden is considered outrageous and I think unlawful. What can I do?

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I can plant the beauties of the place. The Pincushions, the Proteas and other floral Fynbos. I do not have to be ignorant or oblivious. I can plant those who belong. I can have those who thrive in these conditions. Or at the very least can deal with this.

Which brings me to today! Garden Day! The second official celebration of South African gardens. Big or small, fancy or modest. Where there is a garden, there is life!

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

A garden crown

My garden did not deliver very many flowers for our crowns but we were still keen on celebrating Garden Day 2017! Wearing these beauties from Opgedollie inspired us to enjoy the garden of life, and the excitement of Spring.

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. — Ruth Stout

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We can’t wait for our garden to live a full life. To become our haven again, to be our ‘forest’, to provide us with nourishment. But until then, we can only celebrate your gardens with you, because we firmly believe

Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating. — Wendell Berry

Enjoy your Garden Day! Share you piccies with me!

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Luka Photographyby Luka Photography

 

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