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🌿 I've been gardening ever since a child, when I spent time with my father in his vegetable garden. But my fascination with Echeverias started in the 1980's, when my father gave me a pot with five Echeverias, which turned out to be E. imbricata. At first I wasn't much interested in them and planted them in some obscure corner of the garden and completely forgot about them. How great was my surprise when, a couple of months later, I noticed that they had spread and made a beautiful display - I was hooked!
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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Today!


It has been 8 weeks since we sold our smallholding in Gauteng and moved down to the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) (ONLY 6 weeks??!! feels like a life-time!) and it has taken me all this while to find my feet, gather my thoughts and feel as if I once again belong somewhere. The biggest thing about moving from a place where you have lived for 43 years is seemingly losing your 'identity' - an identity tied to the bird life you studied for so many years, an identity tied to the grass, trees and the very soil you were walking on, an identity tied to "your" plants and birds and insects and little animals nurtured in your garden for so long.


I open my eyes in the mornings and in stead of hearing the Cape Robin-chat singing on my patio, I hear the exotic sound of the Burchell's Coucal outside my window, the sound of the surf pounding on the beach in stead of traffic whizzing past my front gate, and when I rise and go for an early morning walk, I see tropical (and unknown!) vegetation in stead of veld grass and Bluegum trees. A big a change as you can ever imagine!

Yes, it has taken me 8 weeks to get into the swing of things in this new life we have chosen and although I was, and still am, mourning the loss of my pets (my chooks will forever be ingrained in my heart), I now look forward to discovering all that is new in this exotic coastal location; insects I have never seen in my life, the names of the trees and plants which thrive in these hot and humid conditions and finding out which succulents like to grow here!


A small, but brand-new beginning... Spekboom cuttings on the left, an unknown and as yet unidentified succulent on the right and a new Echeveria and some Sedum rubrotinctum (Jelly beans) in the small wooden box planter.]

Watch this space! Smile!

4 comments:

  1. Hi, I love your blog. I was looking for plant advise on Austrocylindropuntia subulata and I found you.
    Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, I'm so glad you found what you were looking for and thank you for stopping by!

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  2. As far as the unknown on the right I want to suggest that they look like something I have called string of buttons , a crassula species, I have several varieties I'm sorry I can't be more helpful (I don't even know if this is helpful) I just discovered your pages I'm so thrilled I look forward to more, you write beautifully.im 64, when I was 17 I was lucky enough to spend about a month out your way, Botswana, Mozambique, & at that time Rhodesia. Some of the most beautiful country & people ever. I've never forgotten it and still hope to return. You are an inspiration. Thank you!
    - Melody in So.Calif, USA

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    1. Thank you for that information Melody, I certainly will be following up on that! And thank you so much for your great compliments, very hart-warming, thank you! Next time you get the travel bug, give South Africa a try, in particular Ballito on the North Coast, where I am living now, it has the most stunning scenery and beaches in the country. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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