Category: Fynbos

Wild Food catering

This weekend I made local wild food tasters for some Japanese seaweed scientists.

No pressure.

Wild cocktails

Wild mint and buchu brandy cocktails

Wild food startersBuchu brandy is excellent for settling the stomach. So after a heavy meal a shot of this would do you good….nice excuse!

Wild food seashoreCrumbed black mussels on a bed of wild nori

Limpet and periwinkle samoosasShe sells sea shells on the sea shore…

Wild food cateringLimpet, periwinkle and “krimpvarkie” seaweed samoosas

Sour figsPerfectly ripe, rainbow coloured sour figs

Ulva chilli bitesUlva seaweed and wild sage chillibites

Seaweed coleslawBrassicophycus and Chordariopsus seaweed coleslaw salad with edible wild flowers.

Wild garlic rollsNever-fail wild garlic rolls

Wild food dessertAnd for something sweet….

Agar-agar mini milk-tart “boats” with candied kelp and Carissa flowers.

Hope this keeps you inspired – Have a totally wild week!

Summer photos

Here are some more excellent photos taken by our multi-talented nursery manager Werner Deblitz. He has managed to capture some great shots in and around the nursery this summer…

Good Hope Gardens NurseryWelcome!

Good Hope Gardens NurseryDipogons in training

Good Hope Gardens NurseryBeautiful geometric patterns of a delicate grass

Good Hope Gardens NurseryEverlastings – a host of tiny whispering suns

Good Hope Gardens NurseryIrrigation. Summer garden’s dependence.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryThis is an amazing shot, my personal favorite – a bee in flight.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryRestios – stunning texture and colour. Who would not want this in their garden?

Good Hope Gardens NurseryCuttings.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryThe infants.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryA section of the growing nursery. Kindergarten.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryOutdoor retail. Shady and calm.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryThanks for coming, travel safe and happy holidays!

Crazy Red Dot Summer Sale!

We are having a crazy red dot summer sale.

Yes we are!

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Melinda from the retail with our two little crazies. And no, they are not for sale.

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Come and join us anytime from now until the sale ends on the 22nd of January. The sooner you come, the better selection you will get to create a festive wonderland in your garden this season.

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25% off all marked plants…

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And what gorgeous plants to choose from!

Good Hope Gardens NurseryEnjoy the shady seating while you dream up your new garden designs…

Or choose who you will gift this Christmas with some very affordable living leafy presents.

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Enjoy the silly season outdoors this summer

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You’d be crazy not to!

Crazy Red Dot Sale at Good Hope Gardens NurseryCrazy like this.

For more info contact us on 0217809299 or email fynbosplants@xsinet.co.za

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

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…

Scissors

Foraging notes and recipes

Β Get set, go!

Picking Pelargonium

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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!

Veggies and Composting in Spring

We have been working hard in our veggie gardens, getting them looking beautiful for our Forage, Harvest and Feast courses and as tasty as possible for us to eat from everyday – its a real working garden. Baby girl knows that if she find a packet and puts on her boots, she can get a tasty snack. “Peas!” she shouts, banging on the door. Its one of her first words. “More!” is another one.ImageSnack time!CompostHere is our rich, warm compost pile. When it gets turned over, you can see the steam billowing out.

Its beautiful. But its hard work. It’s really like having another pet.

You have to feed it and make sure it doesn’t get too hot or too cold and that it gets enough nutrients and oxygen. The optimum temperature for a compost pile is about 60 degrees so that the pathogens and weed seeds are inactivated. It gets nice and cosy like this because of all the microorganisms eating away at the degradable matter. Id love to finish off a stew or even a pot of rice in there one day!

But if you have a big old dry compost heap, it can even catch on fire in hot weather – seriously.

You can read all about it here. If you want something cute on compost Q and A, then check this out.

If it gets too cold, it will slow down the composting process and stop it doing its job. If it gets too hot, the poor little microbes die. We definitely don’t want that to happen, so we have to turn over the compost pile regularly. And ifΒ  the compost doesn’t get enough nutrients or air it wont work either.

I could go on for ever. There is so much more. But I don’t want to bore you with a big pile of know-you-know-what.

CabbagesPretty maids, I mean cabbages, all in a row

Broad beans and leeksBroad beans and Leeks

Veggie gardenCalendula, Lavender, Artemesia, Onions, Thyme, Lemon Pelargonium and Rosemary.

ArtichokesThe first beautiful Artichokes of the season

Veggie gardenCalendula, Borage, black Mustard and Swiss Chard

How many recipes have you got in your head now? I just have to see plants, any edible plants, and my mouth starts drooling with all the recipes going through my mind. You know the Matrix movie with all those green numbers and letters whizzing down the screen? It’s like that in my mind, except those numbers are all plant combos and recipes. Totally normal.

Protea cyneroidesI’ll end off with a photo of our stunning King Protea which flowers at the same time every year without fail, heralding the beginning of Spring.

Happy gardening!

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 ❀