Up be­tween the gravel

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wWhen we vis­ited Han­niki Bruère to pho­to­graph her beau­ti­ful home and guest­house – The Vic­to­rian Cow in Riebeek-Kas­teel – in Oc­to­ber 2014, we made a men­tal note: her gar­den was def­i­nitely worth shar­ing with our read­ers too – it just needed some time to grow.

To­day, it’s more gor­geous than ever, and it’s not just the plants that make this gar­den so lovely: re­pur­posed vin­tage prams, baby baths, bro­ken chairs and even an old road sign have all found a spot here.

“I love dec­o­rat­ing and col­lect­ing pretty things,” Han­niki says. “In my gar­den, ev­ery nook must look spe­cial. Even the back gar­den has been adorned with sen­ti­men­tal items. One of them is a pink polka-dot cup that con­tains a lit­tle plant my grand­son Ethan chose for me when he was seven years old.”

When Han­niki moved in six years ago, there wasn’t much in the gar­den – only an im­pres­sive oak tree, a gi­ant eu­ca­lyp­tus, a few ne­glected shrubs, a sy­ringa tree and a wild olive. With a clear vi­sion in mind, Han­niki set about de­sign­ing her gar­den. Be­cause she didn’t own a lawn­mower, plant­ing grass wasn’t an op­tion – in­stead, she wanted beds for more flow­ers and nooks for knick-knacks. The wild olive was re­moved be­cause it hin­dered her view of the Kas­teel­berg moun­tains and the oak tree be­came the fo­cal point in her gar­den. The wild olive was re­placed by a ce­ment ta­ble and it is here that Han­niki sets out her tea cups.

“My start­ing point was to plant white ‘Ice­berg’ roses and laven­der on the pave­ment and three leop­ard trees in the front gar­den. Half of the roses and laven­der with­ered away un­der the oak tree, so I moved them to a sun­nier part of the gar­den. I quickly learned that if plants don’t thrive in a cer­tain spot, take them out or trans­plant them. It’s a good idea to take a step back and view your gar­den as a whole. If you’re not happy with the way it looks, change it un­til you are. Prefer­ably, add more plants and gar­den dé­cor – that’s what I do!

“My gar­den and all its adorn­ments give me end­less pleasure. I’m pas­sion­ate about in­spir­ing oth­ers to re­dis­cover their love of gar­den­ing and to use what they have to dec­o­rate their homes and gar­dens.” The step­ping stone be­neath the or­nate gar­den arch is in­scribed with the words “The world is a gar­den, love makes it grow”. Han­niki adds height and a ro­man­tic at­mos­phere to her gar­den with arches. She also uses them to link the var­i­ous gar­den rooms. This rusted arch (above) has moved with her since she lived in Pre­to­ria. Star jas­mine planted in pots at the foot of the arch soft­ens the struc­ture; this climb­ing plant, as well as roses such as ‘Blos­som Magic’, ‘Cé­cile Brün­ner’ and ‘Isidingo’, are her favourite climbers for arches. All three of these roses are fast grow­ers that will pro­vide end­less pleasure.

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