Green in the Garden…

I love to walk around our garden in the late afternoons… The sun setting, casting long shadows, creating the most wonderful light that shimmers off of everything that it touches… I walked around our garden with my camera and took photos of everything that we have been busy with over the last week… The green is amazing, we have been having so much rain lately, the grass has rejuvenated overnight and our fruit trees are abundant with fruit…

As I walked through the herb garden, I looked up and saw how the sun’s rays were dancing around these Calendula flowers…

This weekend, I managed to find some thornless Blackberries! I was so excited, I bought four vines and mixed them amongst our Raspberries. We also placed trellisses behind them for support as they grow and extended out irrigation. I can’t wait for them to fruit!

A Calendula flower…

These are the new fruit trees we have planted, this one is a Naartjie, then an Apple and another Naartjie. The naartjies have already started to grow…

An exciting discovery… our Apple tree has blossoms! I am really hoping for apples to appear:)

Grapefruits have started to grow on our Grapefruit trees too.

Our grapevine extends all the way across the front of our home and provides wonderful shade. The girls counted 78 bunches of grapes so far!

Our tomatoes are reaching a lovely size and are still green. I have heard of fried green tomatoes, anyone made them before, what do they taste like?

We have found 4 Litchis on our Litchi tree! Yay!

Our Peaches are almost ready to pick too…

Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Take care
Linda

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19 Responses to Green in the Garden…

  1. Suzan December 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    What a lovely garden you have! I love my garden too but now its wite from the snow and freezing. Wish I was in your garden.

  2. Maria December 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    We just got our first big snow of the season here in North Carolina, USA. What a beautiful site your garden is!!

  3. Teje December 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Hi Linda, you have made your garden so wonderful! It’s always nice to plant something new also! Thank you for lovely post!
    Teje

  4. sarah in the woods December 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Oh beautiful, beautiful! Just what I needed to see on this cold, gray day.

  5. anna December 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    What a wonderful garden. There’s so much pleasure and satisfaction and joy in having food you’ve grown yourself!

  6. Lavendel December 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Hi – I’ve tried to find out wher eyou actually live…In Denmark we have had the first snow…and now it is winter, I must say,
    I don’t think I will find any more Calendula…but is your Calendula the same as we call C. -that is the one you call the Marigold???? I’mjust curious, because I always talk about flowers with people from “abroad” many greetings
    Lone/Lavendel

  7. Elisa December 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    What a beautiful garden!

  8. K December 12, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    I always leave you till last, like dessert. Then I get even more behind. It’s great fun, isn’t it, to catch a slip of light where it doesn’t expect to be noticed? Now really, should you be showing all these lovely yummy growing things to people who are only cultivating mud?

  9. Mama Bee December 13, 2010 at 12:19 am #

    Hi. I’m in Florida and my family is from Alabama. Fried green tomatoes are a Southern tradition. Depending on how they’re prepared (trust me, in the South, there’s a multitude of different degrees of “fried”), they can be greasy or crispy (my favorite) salty and absolutely delicious. The green tomatoes are firm even after frying and have a mellow Summery flavor. Total yum.

    Your garden is gorgeous and I LOVE lychees! I would like to grow some berries, figs, lychees and custard apples and maybe some wild plums too. I just don’t know where to start.

  10. Redbeet Mama December 13, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    Linda – I am truly amazed and enjoyed every photo. I remember it was this time last year that I feel in love with your blog – I love seeing nature through your lens. Your world is beautiful.
    I have now fallen in love with your Advent Spiral.

    Love & Light, Nicole

  11. Beth December 13, 2010 at 4:04 am #

    I am always amazed by your garden, Linda! So beautiful. How exciting to have Naartjie trees! I have never seen the fruit, though we love to shop at the cute kids’ clothing store by the same name. Are they a kind of citrus?
    xo
    Beth

  12. Rene' Sharp December 13, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    LAVENDEL – Linda lives in sunny South Africa!

    Wow, Linda your garden is just so lush!!!! I am loving that you are sharing photos of your garden, very inspriring. I think it’s awesome that you have such a big gorgeous garden living in Joburg. Have a wonderful week ahead, our boys are on holiday, yipee!!!!

  13. The Handmaden December 13, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Looks beautiful Linda, I bet the children are looking forward to the ripening of all that fruit!

  14. Shannon December 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    I enjoyed strolling around your beautiful garden too; those peaches look so good!

  15. Linda December 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments!
    Linda

    Lavendel,
    We live in South Africa:) The Calendulas are also called Pot Marigolds. Thanks so much for stopping by from Denmark:)
    Take care
    Linda

    Mama Bee
    Thanks so much about the fried green tomatoes and for stopping by:)

    Nicole,
    Thank you so much for your inspirational words, they mean so much:)

    Dear Beth,
    Thanks so much:) Naartjies are a citrus, their skin is loose and they are so easy to peel and very sweet:)
    Take care
    Linda

  16. Linda December 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments!
    Linda

    Lavendel,
    We live in South Africa:) The Calendulas are also called Pot Marigolds. Thanks so much for stopping by from Denmark:)
    Take care
    Linda

    Mama Bee
    Thanks so much about the fried green tomatoes and for stopping by:)

    Nicole,
    Thank you so much for your inspirational words, they mean so much:)

    Dear Beth,
    Thanks so much:) Naartjies are a citrus, their skin is loose and they are so easy to peel and very sweet:)
    Take care
    Linda

  17. Linda December 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments!
    Linda

    Lavendel,
    We live in South Africa:) The Calendulas are also called Pot Marigolds. Thanks so much for stopping by from Denmark:)
    Take care
    Linda

    Mama Bee
    Thanks so much about the fried green tomatoes and for stopping by:)

    Nicole,
    Thank you so much for your inspirational words, they mean so much:)

    Dear Beth,
    Thanks so much:) Naartjies are a citrus, their skin is loose and they are so easy to peel and very sweet:)
    Take care
    Linda

  18. Dawn December 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Linda, I really loved seeing all these beautiful photos of your green garden in South Africa. It looks so warm and pretty!

  19. Valarie December 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Your garden is just exquisite. As my garden is all tucked in for the winter, it brings hope along to see yours in full bloom. Spring and Summer will come again. It’s so cold here today. Six degrees F.
    Be well.

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