Category: Fynbos walk

Syncarpha vestita

Cape Snow has fallen at the bottom of the nursery…

Syncarpha vestitaWe will have a white Christmas at Cape Point!

Syncarpha vestita is part of the daisy family. It has grey wooly stems and leaves and a white paper like flower commonly known as “everlastings”. They open their pretty shiny flower heads in the sun and close them in the cold or night. If you sit close to a bush and close your eyes, the rustling papery sound will transport you to another world of forests and seas.

Some stunning shots taken by Sitaara Stodel in 2011:

Syncarpha vestita

Syncarpha vestita

Syncarpha vestita

This beautiful poem by Eva Van Belle will bring this shrublet to life for you…

Poem by Eva Van Belle

Snow?
No, not here. Never here,
but sibilant silence thought
by thousands and thousands,
thousands and thousands
of papery petals rustling
in the morning wind,
paperwhite petals shining
the early sunlight
back to wide-open sky.

Eva
26 November 2011

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Late Spring Forage Harvest and Feast

Last Saturday we had another fantastic Forage Harvest and Feast!

Here of some beautiful photos taken by Werner Deblitz…scroll down and let your imagination take over…

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Foraging notes and recipes

 Get set, go!

Picking Pelargonium

Good Hope Gardens Nursery retail

Corinder flowers

Can you dig it?

Corn flowers

foraging feet

Snack time

Basket of goodness

Flower bath

Beetroot relish

Plates to be filled!

Lunch!

Dessert!

That was one of the last Forage Harvest and Feast courses of the season until Winter,

but we will be going on Seaweed forages in Summer to tide us over until then.

Hope you can join us!

Indigenous edibles at Kirstenbosch

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go on a guided Indigenous edibles walk entitled “Fynbos flavours – a culinary adventure”at Kirstenbosch led by Di Thomson. You can find more of their exciting events here.

Kirstenbosch was really showing off that day, everything was crystal clear on the first warm sunny day in Spring

Kirstenbosch botanical gardensHere are just a few of the incredible edibles we saw:

Portulacaria afraSpekboom – what a magnificent specimen!

Wild mintOur delicious local wild mint – Mentha longifolia

Numnum berry bush

Num num!Carissa! The num num berry bush

Cyclopia genistoidesThe sweet-smelling Honeybush or Cyclopia genistoides

Wild rosemaryWild rosemary – Eriocephalus africanus

Salvia africana-luteaBruin Salie or Salvia africana-lutea one of our local Sage plants

Tasting indigenous ediblesAnd the cherry on top was a taste session afterwards! With amazing local indigenous products and sweet and savory shortbread baked by Di herself.

Tasting the goodnessYum!

Thank you Di for your lovely talk and the best shortcake ever ❤

Springtime arrives at the nursery

It is a perfect day here today at the nursery…

Not a breath of wind. The sun is out and all the flowers are in full bloom. A great soundtrack for today would be 340ml

Spring has finally arrived.

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Happy Spring!

Forage Feast and Harvest course dates

In the school holidays we had two lovely kids forage mornings – focusing on edible flowers and wild herbs which we collected from the gardens and used to make and eat in scones. You can see here what we got up to!
The next Kids Forage morning includes making and eating PIZZA with foraged and harvested wild herbs, organic veg and edible flowers with fynbos iced tea. And of course meeting the farm animals, playing in the playground and nature drawings.
These will be held on
Saturday the 2nd of November R150
Saturday the 9th of November R150

and more in the Christmas school holidays.

Our next half day Forage Harvest and Feast course dates for adults –
Saturday the 19th of October R250
Sunday the 27th of October R250

In November we will also be organizing a seaweed course. Dates to be confirmed.

Forage Feast and HarvestInfo on the guides
   
Info on the course:

to book please contact roushanna@hotmail.com

Edible flowers

Its an overcast, rainy day outside.

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There are low clouds sweeping across the Fynbos Walk. At night we are still lighting fires, sleeping with extra blankets and wearing layers in the day.

But the garden is convinced that Spring is here!

Here are some of the edible flowers in bloom in our gardens:

CornflowersMulti-coloured Cornflowers

CornflowerCornflower

NasturtiumNasturtium

CorianderCoriander

PoppyPoppy

Radish Radish

BorageBorage

PelargoniumPelargonium

Perenial basilPerennial Basil

CalendulaCalendula

ThymeThyme

TulbaghiaWild garlic

PeaPea

RocketRocket

Rainbow salad recipes are on my mind. Do any of you have a great flower recipe you wouldn’t mind sharing?

Happy Spring!

Spring Forage and Harvest course

On a freezing cold and drizzly Saturday morning, our wild food enthusiast group set off on a Forage and Harvest garden tour.

We looked, picked and dug, touched, smelt and tasted, prepared, cooked and ate indigenous edibles, organic veggies, floral foods, wild herbs and weeds.

Everyone walked away with new plant knowledge, recipes, notes, a packet of seeds, new friends, a full belly and a smile on their face.

Here are a few of the many beautiful images that Juliette de Combes took on the day:

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Wild garlic

Gumboots required!

In the veggie garden

Borage

Cornflowers

Pelargonium flowers

Snacks

Kapokbos

Nettle

Fennel

Prepping

Wild garlic roll

Cooking

Relish on Bree

Nettle and spinach soup

Feast!

Thank you to all the wild food enthusiasts in the group!

 Lets do it again sometime – new season, new ingredients.

If you want in on the fun, contact us

and discover local wild food.