‘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.

 

 

 

“Just like a woman…”

….. says Yvonne. “Soft on the outside but be aware of the spines under the succulent leafs…”.

Alluaudia procera (origin: Madagascar) is one of my favourite succulent plants. Both ones in our garden are 3 year old cuttings which are now about 2 meters above the ground. Guess it will become about 10-12 meters high in time.

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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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It's only late afternoon that I open my heart and spread my love

(Fenestraria specie; a succulent plant from Southern Africa which flowers spreads a wonderful fragrance)

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It’s only late afternoon that I open my heart and spread my love

(Fenestraria specie; a succulent plant from Southern Africa which flowers spreads a wonderful fragrance)

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In the meantime out there ….

….. clouds are piling up in our own ‘Smokey Mountains’ (Klein Rivier Mountains’). Still Autumn but Winter on its way. We are, however, privileged to live in a moderate climate with a year-round floral display in our succulent garden. The rain adds extra beauty to the flowers (see thumbnails below main picture).

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