Bright Spots

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Winter has well and truly arrived at Vastrap in the past week wrecking havoc in the garden. My beautiful pink daisies, geraniums, nasturtiums, hydrangeas and many more have all frosted over. Although I know it always happens, the devastation caused by the first frost always comes as a shock. There are a few last roses blooming in more protected spots, but they won’t last long. Things that do really well in Free State gardens in the winter are aloes and red hot pokers. They provide a gorgeous burst of colour in an otherwise dreary landscape and the birds go mad for them! I went to the nursery to buy some fresh pansys and violas for some cheer. The courtyard is much more protected so the geraniums there should make it through winter unscathed. The primulas we planted in the courtyard last year have spread everywhere even where the soil is just gravel. I just love the vibrant patches of colour that are appearing on their own. What a treat!

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7 thoughts on “Bright Spots

  1. We also have red hot pokers down here in the eastern cape and it make any dreary winters day a lot brighter. Your courtyard looks lovely and cheery.
    I can’t seem to get my sweetpeas to get going. They germinated beautifully and the seedlings were spectacular – once I transplanted them into the garden they seem to have just stopped growing. Must be this odd weather we are having.
    Have a beautiful weekend and stay warm.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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