Fascinating Information on Cottage Plants and Gardens

by Elize Buchanan
(Gauteng, South Africa)

Good day to Everybody - How inspirational! Planning to add similar cottage plants to our S.African garden.

Our weather is more harsh than the British, with good planning we can only but try to create something just as breath taking.

We are in Gauteng, with good thunder storms, sometimes bad hail, and frosty winters. Alas, it is rather heart breaking to see all your hard work gone in seconds. I do love Beared Irises, they have a wonderful sophisticated air about them. Thank you for the lovely pictures, the good advice and suggestions.

We are also coming to the end of our lovely summer season. We had lots of rain and the plants and lawn are really doing well.

I would like to bookmark your web site which I would like to visit in future.

Hope your weather is starting to settle down as we have watched on the world weather forecast how severe your winter had been and the relatives in Scotland were not too happy as well. It would be a treat for all to see the country filled with all the beautiful flowers. Enjoy!

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Jan 25, 2011
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What a pleasant surprise!
by: Elize

Dear Kathryn,
Wow! Totally amazing. Tks for your comment. I think the Iris farm is "gone" but, there are quite a few more around Gauteng. Yes, Africa is not for sissies. [You will understand what I am saying]! In general, things can be great and the sun sets in Africa are magnificant. Plants across the World are facinating, each Country can boast of their own selections. I think most important above all is that your soil has to be correct, yet, look at the lilies of the field how they grow and all the other indigenous plants with no care from humans! Just growing in their own habitat. Carry on digging and do not forget to smell the roses.
Kind regards.

Jan 24, 2011
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Cottage Gardening in Africa
by: Countryfarm Lifestyles

Dear Elize

Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Believe it or not, we used to live on the Highveld some 16 years ago now and battled with dreadful soil and of course the black frost in winter. However, we did manage to grow lovely roses, conifers, lavender, borage which self-seeded everywhere, shasta daisies, as well as large beds of bearded irises that I absolutely adore too, and got them from a woman in Bedfordview who had an iris farm.

Although not the perfect climate for a cottage garden, you can create something very similar if you have the will and the way!

All the very best! May your cottage garden bloom this summer, and may it bring you lots of joy.

Kathryn

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