Tulbaghia violacea (Wild garlic) planted in great swathes, are always eye-catching and create an effective border or bedding plant
Last week it began to drizzle on Tuesday afternoon. It drizzled harder and continously through the night. Wednesday morning dawned grey, overcast and cold. Before midmorning it began to drizzle again and drizzled from then until early on Friday morning. I don't know how many millimeters/inches of rain was measured; all I know is that the soaking rain was welcomed by all. The farmers, the business owners, the bank manager (!)the gardeners (c'est moi!) and the earth.
My bit of wild garden which I leave to grow naturally
Every Friday the gardening service team comes into my garden, mows the lawn and trims the edges. I have one patch of grass (pictured above and below) where John and I are creating a natural garden behind my third pond. I've strewn rocks along the edge of the pond to reminiscent of the banks along a mountain stream in the Drakensberg. When I asked the Induna (supervisor) to ensure that the mowers do NOT mow that section of grass, he looked at me, removed his cap, scratched his head, looked up at the sky, replaced his cap and looked at me again. Wordlessly he shook his head and went off to issue this instruction to his team mates.
This is my own piece of mountain stream environment. The Robins and Thrushes love this undergrowth and spend ages here rootling around for food