‘Finished and Klaar’

Within the set time frame we re-landscaped a large garden (partly a kind of ‘forest garden’). A few thousand (re-)plantings, numerous divisions, new plant material from our own stock including a cycad (with permit), weeding and mulching, etc.. Worked with the own garden staff of the client for they have to maintain the garden. Always nice to hear: “Please send us the invoice” …. It was the second major (we only do ‘majors’) garden in a few months.

The other challenge (second photo gallery) was a minimalistic succulent/desert garden that flows over in a ‘fynbos’ landscape.

 

 

 

As hard as rock

This is a desert plant from Mexico. The botanical genus is Ariocarpus and it’s classified as one of the cactaceae (argh … those botanists/taxonomists… 😉 ). anyway this succulent plant is as hard as rock and in its natural habitat it’s already happy with one annually flood rain. When it’s dry for a longer period it ‘draws’ itself more or less into the soil. Fairly rare plant; even specialised nurseries normally don’t have these in stock but some collectors do. The estimated age of this plant is around 30 years.

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Blended landscapes 9 (Fata Morgana in South African Desert)

Real? Or not? It could be real. As a matter of fact pictures don’t lie. Or do they? 😉

Fata Morgana in South African desert …. 😉

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PERCEPTION

Aldous Huxley once wrote ‘Doors of Perception’ in which he described experiments with hallucinating drugs. Last week we made a trip to the hot and dry Little Karoo in South Africa and when I was looking through the pictures today I made some associations; one of these was ‘Doors of Perception’, another the classic movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. And I love peacocks …..

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From the desert in North Yemen

Endemic to the desert in North Yemen is the Euphorbia achmat but it grows very prosperous in our garden here in South Africa. This is a natural variegated specie with one of the 4 lobes on one side green and the leafs are half green and half yellowish. The non-variegated original specie is yellowish with pale green stripes.

In Black & White the image looks better than in full color.

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