Today the rain is pouring down. It has been pouring down since last night and will probably rain on and off all day and drizzle into tomorrow morning.
This can only mean one thing:
Its time to bake!
ROOIBOS CUPCAKE RECIPE:
3/4 cups of castor sugar
125g soft butter
1 cup of rooibos tea made with 3 tea bags
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
Cream sugar and butter, beat in eggs one at a time. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till smooth. Half fill cupcake cases with the batter and bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg for about 15 mins or till a knife comes out clean. Cool and ice with vanilla or lemon icing.
Give some to a friend and make their day,
Share some with your mom
Or just curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a few of these – take some time out for a bit of cupcake meditation 😀
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!
The good news came in that Good Hope Landscaping’s roof garden on project Cocoon Eco Lofts has been Green Star SA certified… Well done!!!
Plus – a new addition to the family…a beautiful baby girl born on full moon at the nursery. Heres Taskmasters hard landscapers hand with our soft tiny new borns…great contrast!
We are smack in the middle of winter now – a very cold bite in the air and all the leaves have completely fallen off the deciduous trees. Hail and stormy grey skies. It does feels like the wettest winter in a long time. The dam has filled up completely over the last few weeks….
Our winter veggies are coming along deliciously – soups, salads and sweet-smelling herbs to keep us healthy and happy.
Baby fennel is our current favourite : Baby fennel bulbs drizzled in olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt and baked in the oven for 15 minutes…so good!
We have even had a few sunny parties at the nursery on those special sun-filled, wind-still days you get in our Cape Town winters.
And wet weather does nothing to stop the Good Hope Gardens Landscaping team create their masterpieces:
So keep smiling and keep warm and enjoy gardening in this perfect-for-it weather!
Warm log fires at night with blankets, cats and hot chocolate. Freshly baked bread and soup. The smell of fynbos after the rain. Just picked greens and baked potatoes from the garden. Swapping interesting veggie seeds. Soft wooly jerseys. Lines of gumboots at the door. Waking up to the sound of rain. All the different hues of green on the mountain side.
Taskmaster has been busy creating his beautiful gardens in between surfing accidents and Euphorbia incidents. Please note: Never get Euphorbia juice on your skin or think you are in the world champs at your homebreak inventing a new move “the knee slide air” a this may lead to a swollen face (Aloe helps) and a knee brace (falling over toy cars left in the passage does not help) for three weeks 🙂
A great example of play in colour and texture in a small shrub bed:
Log round pavers with wood chip mulch path:
Planted up retaining wall and random paving:
Natural log steps:
Dont forget this is one of the busiest time in a fynbos garden, so come and select some plants in the retail to fill in those that did not survive the Sumer. Re-design, re-plant and re-ap the benefits of this rainy weather in your garden. Prune, mulch and weed and then have a cup of hot chocolate by the fire/ head down to the beach and catch the last bit of summers sun…. Gotta love Autumn in Cape Town!
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! ! !
Also, a rather brilliant blog entry was sent to us from an obviously incredibly intelligent woman 🙂 A rave review on the nursery! We clustered round the computer screen and in between grunts of delight as we scrolled down, we declared it the Best Review Ever. Check it out at
Our article finally came out in the Home/Tuis magazine on the Fynbos Ecolodge. It was well worth the hard work as the pics came out all beautiful and shiny….mmmmm, nice. Go out now and buy yourself a copy – it’s the Eco edition so it’s a good read too. In the mean time here is a scanned version:
Then our good friend Harry-the-girl who is a whizz at design, generously created this bright new poster for our Spring event:
So a week of really getting out there has been fun. Right now though, the rain has stopped, the sun is peeping through the clouds and we are going out to play in the playground and eat a pie in the tea garden. xxx
Indigenous plants, farm life and wild food in Cape Point