Archive | July 2012

Beautiful Butterflies of the world

Here is a quick post of a collection of really amazing butterflies, I think it is fitting after the caterpillar post 🙂 Enjoy ❤

~ Dirty Hands ~


Weird Ass Caterpillars :D

Here is a collection of some pretty crazy caterpillars, one newly discovered caterpillar is even called the red footed fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar until it recieves its formal name. Hahaha

~ Dirty Hands ~

Moss Pink ~ Colours of our Earth

Phlox subulata[1] (Moss Phlox, Moss Pink, Mountain Phlox) is a perennial creeper growing to a height of 6 inches and covering a 20-inch-wide (510 mm) area. The small, five-petaled flowers bloom in rose, mauve, blue, white, or pink in late spring to early summer. It is native to North America.

Altercations between gardeners and law enforcement personnel occasionally occur when the oder given off by the plants are mistaken for that of marijuana. ~ Wikipedia

All of the pics below are from Japan where they have festivals and parks with spectaculor moss pink displays. Here is a link to some of the parks

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Winter Veggies in my Garden ~ Nom nom nom

Here in the Western Cape of South Africa we are lucky not have frost in winter in most parts. It is therefore easy to have a variety of vegetable growing through winter. Heres whats going at the moment.

Broccoli, my second cut, the heads are growing well, I think im gona steam them when done 🙂

Bright lights spinach, this has been growing for a couple of seasons and is very hardy and produces loads of spinach.

My peas, this is my first time growing peas, pretty excited to see the outcome.

Cauliflower in the vertical minigarden, just waiting fo it to open 🙂

Onions in my vertical garden, with little onion seedlings coming up on the top.

Loads of baby spinach and baby lettuce, for freshest salads!

Leeks which will be used for soup.

Broad beans growing up! They have started to show flowers so im looking forward to beans soon 🙂

Beetroot in the vertical garden, and then harvested. I think im gona pickle it 🙂

Well that’s whats happening in the garden now. I have just got my seed potatoes so that will be happening soon too, very excited!

Happy digging!

~Dirty Hands~

Secret Aloe Garden ~ Winter wonders

I found this little garden just off the road outside a boat club near where I live. After driving past a few times and seeing the Aloes in bloom I knew I must stop and take some pics 🙂 Upon closer inspection I saw that most of the Aloes were hybrids, I don’t know if they are natural or man-made hybrids but they are beautiful! And there definitely seems to be a lot of Aloe Thraskii genetics in the mix, which can be seen by the deep recurred leaves. I noticed an old man weeding near to the garden and went over to ask him if he was the person responsible for the this little piece of colour amongst the grey of the city.

He told me he was and it was just his passion and hobbie to share the colours of the beautiful Aloes with passers-by. So awesome! If we all did a little of this our cities would be dappled with inspiring secret gardens!

~Dirty Hands~

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Grande Buildings ~~ Gloucester Cathedral England

Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the river. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by King Henry VIII). ~ Wikipedia


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