Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
A few weeks ago Gardening in South Africa had an article on "Getting creative with containers", something I've always battled with. Don't misunderstand, I have many, what I don't have is much in them and no real idea where to start.
So I've decided to follow Julie Andrews sound advice (excuse the pun) and start at the very beginning - the pots themselves. Here are a few examples.Step 2: And now to address the space inside?! maybe some bulbs or winter herbs or even the odd ball?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Things do get better with age after all.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
About a year ago I planted this Wild Dagga. I had to really search to find the white variety as opposed to more readily available orange. Come to think of it I lost one of them to 'The Society'. Now it's started flowering and they are the most velvety soft looking pompoms ever!
My Irises have made it through four seasons and are back in bloom.
And last but not least I've planted some more restios.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
I've always been interested by the marks & signs of our passing on our world. How ironic that the scar is the bit that has the bark left on this tree.
Malagas is on the banks of the Breede river near Swellendam.
This is where we spent our last weekend. These Milkwoods have always facinated me. They speak of age, dignity and shelter.
One day I'm going to take the perfect picture.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
there is always an upside and in this case it means time spent indoors, soups, stews, puzzelling and planning. This is a sketch I did over the weekend. I know it's an alien invader but I love the soft green and delicate pods.
Read more about the Eucalypts and Myrtles here.
The other upside is that our indigenous plants thrive, streams throw themselves of Table mountain with abandon in tall waterfalls everywhere and the Cape is at it's most beautiful.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The starring tagine is not mine (the finished version which I haven't seen since firing) but I wish it was, it's gorgeous. I'm going to take a look over the weekend.
With tales of snakes and cattle thieves Trevor and his second in command had them eating out of their hands. According to them these are some of the more interesting and unusual facts about some of our flora.
"Wild Cucumber": Xhosa tradition has it that a snake can replenish it's poison from this fruit only once it has turned red. This article on Page 4 is interesting.
"River Naboom": The name actually means like a tree or after a tree and as you can see it's actually a succulant with a milk sap that's extremely potent.
In Xhosa it's called a twin bush and is planted next a hut with twins in the family.
The San used it to stun fish in river pools.
Cattle thieves rubbed it on the hides of cattle. The hair would fall out and grow back a different colour, making the cattle impossible to identify. Click here for even more.
"Knob Tree": The bark of which is used for loads of things ranging from tooth ache to stomach ailments. But my favourite fact is that the Xhosa name for it is "European Titties"
If you ever find yourdelf in the Trennerys area on the Wild Coast I would highly recommend Trevors Trails. I enjoyed it so much I went back with the kids and they certainly had fun.