We have had an eventful past few days with glorious rainfall and not so glorious visits from baboons yesterday and porcupines last night. The plants have been loving the former and hating the latter! Autumn has definitely hit us….the chilly nights have us making cosy fires and the fynbos is starting to look lush again on the mountainside. Kirstenbosch’s plant order has been delivered and plans for a Spring event here at the Nursery are floating around.
The next few pics show the Good Hope Gardens Landscaping team doing what they do best, the Farmstall roof garden established and flourishing and Baby Girl helping with the potting up….best intern ever!
In the veggie garden things are growing and we have been busy sowing yet another garden with all our own seed. We harvested 80 potatoes from half of one potato crop!
When opening a door on one of the houses on the property, we came across a sleepy baby Cape Cobra who quickly became very cross and reared up and hissed like an angry kitten. A very poisonous kitten. I did not have my camera on me but here is a photo and some info on the Cape Cobra from the Cape Snake Rescue website:
Notoriously common in and around human habitats in search of food and water supply
will flee instead of facing aggressor
very aggressive when cornered and will spread a hood, hiss loudly and readily strike
Average length 1.2 – 1.5m, slender and fast moving
smooth scales, colour varies between yellow, brown, cream and speckled
very powerful neurotoxin which attacks the nervous system
Ahhhh. How lovely. Not nerve wracking at all. Really looking forward to it growing up now. I’m just counting on the second point there!
Up on the mountain there are some beautiful Ericas out in flower now
And the Good Hope Landscapers stepping it up with these beautiful rustic natural log steps
Big changes are happening in the changing of hands of the farmstall….more to follow – watch this space! The farmstall is closed for the moment while changes, renovations and creating is happening.
In the meantime you are welcome to bring a picnic and play in the playground after browsing in the nursery. Lots of little pretties in flower in the retail and this cool weather is perfect for planting. Happy Easter!!!
This month we have had a few times to shine in the media…
We were in an article on windpumps in the Country Life Magazine And Taskmasters amazing roof gardens appeared in a Green Roof article in House and Leisure’s online mag
Which in turn is the result of an article to appear in tomorrows Cape Argus on roof gardens. Cant wait!
Otherwise we have been having quite a few kids parties at the nursery
All catered for by us, including the Kitty cake
For our next project, owner lady and myself are coming up with a fantastic idea. It a bit hush hush but I can say it involves experimenting with veldkos, or bush food. The first experiment was collecting sourfigs (Carpobrotus edulis) and making a syrup out of them. This syrup can be used on ice cream or yoghurt, in cakes and puddings, an addition to sauces and salad dressings or even on toast. Yum!
Amongst getting famous and cooking and planting and general everyday stuff, we took a stroll on the Fynbos Walk and had a look at all the beautiful Fynbos in flower. Inspired, I picked an indigenous bouquet for my grandparents 59th wedding anniversary:
Another kids party booked for this weekend, the retail is looking fresh after yesterdays welcoming rain, fresh lemon and poppy seed cake in the farmstall…so come visit us and chill out in the deep green south! ! !
With the weather not so sure whats its doing, the poor plants are not sure what to be doing either. But Summer seems to be back with a bang along with the South Easter wind, tangling our hair and drying out the earth. We are gearing towards our next event on the 16th of December – which promises to be a day of fun, fynbos, food and art.
The masses of Syncarpha vestita or Cape Snow that have sprung up near the windmills.When you stand in between them it sounds as if you are in the middle of a rustling papery sea.
Meanwhile in the veggie patch, flowers of other sorts have been blooming…
Elegant leeks have gone to flower…the organic seeds to be collected and planted next year.
Yellow patty pans growing at the base of their edible flowers.
The retail area in the nursery is looking particularly lovely. Shady and inviting, it inspires many to jazz up their gardens at home.
The different colours and foliage in the six pack area in the retail.
A little monkey chilling in the shady seating area 🙂
More news on the event to follow! So keep in touch for more fynbos fun.
So new and exciting beginnings have begun! Good Hope Gardens Nursery and farmstall is fully operational. Coinciding with the beginning of Spring we relaunched with a bang and a bloom…flower power and fynbos kos. Take a peak:
We are also starting kids parties,
And pony parties ..introducing Patches the Shetland pony to the nursery!
Speaking of introductions….
we have two new puppies. Codi and Lani…heres Lani:
And our mommy goat died after eating a poison bulb called tilp (Beautiful orange flower with long green strap leaves) leaving her three-day old kids orphaned. These are the two kiddies Dandelion and Star, whom we now have to bottle feed untill they are ready to eat by themselves.,,
I mean how cute does it get? Not much more than this.
So come on over to the Deep South and see what we have changed!
Indigenous plants, farm life and wild food in Cape Point