Category: Random moments

When the South-easter blows…things that make us laugh, cry, go “wow!” or just go crazy :)

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

We invite you to come and experience this once-off pop-up event dedicated to sustainable cuisine that will tantalise all of your senses.

The meal will be created by the Forage Harvest Feast team, using fresh seasonal ingredients and locally produced products, transforming them into delicious foods.
Vegetables, herbs and wild foods will be picked and prepared on site that day from the Good Hope Gardens vegetable gardens. We will also be using indigenous edibles, seaweeds, floral foods and local artisan products.

Quality not quantity is to be observed and that means limited spaces! There will only be 50 seats available at the Secret Garden Feast so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

For your entertainment, you will be able to feast your ears and eyes on the five-piece Middle Eastern/Gypsy/Balkan fusion band, Ottoman Slap. Bringing you original compositions and traditional music with a twist – from Middle Eastern, Kletzmer, Andalusian, Romanian folk songs, and finally, to a mesmerising Tribal Fusion belly dancer to leave you enchanted!

The Secret Garden Feast will be held outdoors in the Indigenous plant nursery at Good Hope Gardens in Cape Point on Sunday the 12th of October at 4pm.

Tickets: R400 per person

Expect: edible center pieces, dancing, connection, community, real food and the unexpected.

To book contact Roushanna Gray at roushanna@hotmail.com

The Secret Garden Feast

 

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Photos in techincolour

Please enjoy these colour block photos taken in and around

Good Hope Gardens Nursery.

Plants, landscapes, food, landscaping, magic moments. It’s all here – different seasons and different years worth of rainbow hues.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

So here is 128000 words for you…..

RED

Red photos

ORANGE

Orange photos

YELLOW

Yellow photos

GREEN

Green photos

BLUE

Blue photos

PINK

Pink photos

BROWN

Brown photos

WHITE

White photos

Looking forward to your comments!

Spring Sale and the Indigenous Spring Garden Competition winners

On the 14th of September we had a fantastic Spring Sale here at the nursery. The weather really behaved for us and the nursery was looking beautiful.

Spring fynbos displayWe had the Indigenous Spring Garden Competition prize-giving in the court yard…

Kids category winnersEli Amery won the online junior photo entry – plant photo entitled “Indigenous is fun” and won a
R150 voucher from La Chatelaine
and a R100 gift voucher from Good Hope Gardens Nursery
.

Roxi and Skyla Hoets-Turner won the most creative junior indigenous garden and won a
Playground Party Venue voucher for 3hours valued at R750 from Good Hope Gardens Nursery
and a cute Dreamweavers kids wooden chair.

The winners for the Online photo entry – plant photo entitled “Indigenous beauty” could unfortunately not make it, but the winners were
Eva van Belle won first place – an Ilundi hand stitched leather I-pad case valued at R450
and Rayne Eaton in Second place – winning a R250 meal voucher from Decks restaurant in Kommetjie

The most creative small space indigenous garden winners were
Rosemary Barker in first place – who won a meal voucher from The
Annex for a two course meal for two people

Rosemary Barker
Mrs E van der Vyver in second place – winning a GHGN 1hour Guided Fynbos Walk for four people, valued at R350Mrs E van der Vyver
Third place went to Greg Nicolson who won a R200 Good Hope Gardens Nursery voucher but he was in Madagascar at the time of the prize giving
.

Most diverse large indigenous garden winners were:
First place – a Garden clean-up from Good Hope Gardens Landscaping, valued at R1000 was won by Susan Thirion

Susan Thirion
Allison James won second place winning this lovely 1.5m long latte bench from The Pole Yard valued at R550

The Pole Yard bench
And Juliette de Combes came in third place  winning a R250 meal voucher for The Meeting Place in Simonstown

Juliette de Combes

The rest of the day was filled with Flowers, Fynbos and Fun….

RetailTaking advantage of the wide selection of indigenous plants all on sale in the retail.

Ismail Smiths curryDelicious food!

Shady seatingHaving fun in the shady seating area.

Car boot saleLooking for bargains at the car boot sale.

Lemon Tart and cappuccinoThe most amazing lemon tart and cappuccino by Jaaqui

PlaygroundRelaxing in the playground.

A fun day for all! A huge hanks to all our prize sponsors and to all those who came and supported us. Lets do it again next year!

CliviaHappy Spring everyone!!!!!

Wild mushroooms

Its has been raining on and off for days now, but today the sun came out to play. And so did we.  And the sheep and their lambs. And the rest of the animals.

Baa baa white sheep

But we left them to sunbathe at the nursery and went to the beach instead. The waves were too messy and wild to surf so we just played in the waves and collected seaweed to be marinated for tomorrows salad.

Scarborough beach

On the way home decided to see if any mushrooms had decided to pop their heads up for our supper. They had. You have to adjust your vision a bit and get your “mushroom spotting” eyes on as they are little tricksters, cleverly disguising themselves as old leaves under fallen pines needles, bushes and grasses. But once you spot one *like magic* you can see them appearing all over the place. I couldn’t find anything for ages though. Husband: “Look for suspicious little mounds of grass.” Boy child: : “I am EXCELLENT at finding them!” The confidence of 6 year olds should be bottled and sold for millions. Girl child did not say much as she is only just 1, but wanted to join in so shouted “Mama! Mama!” crossly at some pine cones she was foraging for in the puddle she was sitting in.

We found some slippery jacks and some pine rings

Wild mushrooms

Which would go perfectly in a pasta sauce with some Trachyandra or Veldkool as it is commonly known, that we had foraged earlier in the day. Their tender flower buds are similar to young asparagus.

Trachyandra

There is something uniquely special about eating local foraged wild foods, giving you the feeling of really being in touch with the season. Getting the exact vitamins and minerals your body is suppose to be receiving. Back to our roots. Back to basics. But in a really delicious sort of way.

Roots and shoots

I was in the garden this morning, having a dreamy moment, doing the fun part I like best in veggie gardening which is the harvesting. As I was pulling beetroot out of the ground, two majestic cranes flew overhead. “Aaah.” I thought. “This must be SO symbolic!” A thin dark ribbon floated down from one of the cranes. In slow motion I watched as the wind changed and it headed in my direction.  Wake up and smell the organic fair trade coffee, hippy-girl, there is now bird poo in your hair. I took it as a good sign.  And also as a sign to wash my hair.

Beetroots are one of my favorite  winter roots , this purplish red veg is good for your everything. Read about it here

A lot of people forget all about the beetroots humble leaves. The leaves actually have more nutrients than the root. They are they same family as chard and spinach leaves, rich in chlorophyll, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, sodium,fiber, beta carotene and vitamins A, B and C. They are slightly more bitter tasting than spinach, but nothing a bit of nutmeg and white sauce can’t sort out, or a crumble of feta on some fresh leaves in a salad.

There are endless recipes for beetroot. Winners in our family include beetroot cake (substitute carrots for beetroot  in a carrot cake recipe) with a cream-cheese icing, roasted beetroot with honey and fennel seed, beetroot leaf lasagna, homemade beetroot pizza – leaves and sliced root with mozzarella and fresh thyme, grated beetroot in coleslaw, oh I could go on for days. But don’t forget beetroot juice with ginger. carrot and apple. Or beetroot brownies, frozen yoghurt beetroot popsicle for kids, beetroot and goats cheese salad. OK I’ll stop now. Beetroot soup with Greek yoghurt. The end.

This UK website called Love Beetroot is all about beetroot (obviously) and has a great list of all these amazing fun facts on beetroot.

Our lovely friend was even growing them on a roof garden in the city.

Having a vegetable garden is kind of like that moment where you get pins and needles really badly in your legs just as your baby wakes up crying upstairs. You know its going to be tough, and you will probably have to get down on your hands and knees for part of the way, but you know the rewards are going to be amazing:  A happy baby and fresh organic produce. Those two things always make me smile. And a happy baby that eats your homegrown beetroot? You just cant beet that 🙂

Beetroots in Good Hope Gardens

A Fynbos Frame of Mind

There is something different in the air on the Fynbos Walk. Whether it’s the crisp smells, the clear views, or the fresh breeze – I’m not sure what happens – but while you are focusing on a tiny flower, or gazing out over the landscape, somehow your worries and cares kind of melt away, blending into the water colour skies, bringing everything into perspective.

In a good way.

In a revitalizing, inspiring way.

Like a great yoga session, a long run or a good chat with an old friend.

EricasCrazy beautiful grasses

Reservoir sign

Watsonia seed heads

Geelbos and footpath sign

Reservoir

Protea lepidocarpodendron

High fiveBeautiful Fynbos

Cloud bank floating past

Clouds

Rocking out

Wild beauty

Erica show

Sun behind the clouds

“Youre off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So….get on your way!” – Dr Seuss

So if you want, come and get yourself some Fynbos perspective.

Its free. Its fresh. Its fantastic.

Prizes for Good Hope Gardens Nursery’s Indigenous Spring Garden Competiton

Prizes prizes prizes

What a happy word

Look how much happiness is below in all these fantastic prizes. A massive thanks to all our generous sponsors!!!!!

Good Hope Gardens Nursery Indigenous Spring Garden Competition PRIZES:

Most creative small space indigenous garden:

First place – Annex meal voucher for a two course meal for two people

The Annex in Kalk Bay
The Annex in Kalk Bay

Second place – 1hour Guided Fynbos Walk for four people, valued at R350

Guided Fynbos Walk at Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Guided Fynbos Walk at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Third place – R200 Good Hope Gardens Nursery voucher

Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Most diverse large indigenous garden:

First place – 3hour Garden Clean-up from Good Hope Gardens Landscaping, valued at R1000

Good Hope Gardens Landscaping garden clean up
Good Hope Gardens Landscaping garden clean up

Second place – 1.5m long latte bench from The Pole Yard valued at R550

Latte bench from The Pole Yard
Latte bench from The Pole Yard

Third place – R250 meal voucher for The Meeting Place in Simonstown  

The Meeting Place in Simonstown
The Meeting Place in Simonstown

Most creative junior indigenous garden:

First place – Playground Party Venue voucher for 3hours valued at R750 from Good Hope Gardens Nursery         

Playground Party Venue at Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Playground Party Venue at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Second place – Dreamweavers kids wooden chair

Wooden handpainted Dreamweaver kiddies chair
Wooden hand painted Dreamweaver kiddies chair

Online photo entry – plant photo entitled “Indigenous beauty”

First place – Ilundi hand stitched leather I-pad case valued at R450

Ilundi hand stitched leather I-pad case
Ilundi hand stitched leather I-pad case

Second place – R250 meal voucher from Decks restaurant in Kommetjie

Decks Cafe in Kommetjie
Decks Cafe in Kommetjie

Online junior photo entry – plant photo entitled “Indigenous is fun” taken by photographer under 16 year old

First place – R150 voucher from La Chatelaine

La Chatelaine in Fishhoek
La Chatelaine in Fishhoek

Second place – R100 gift voucher from Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Good Hope Gardens Nursery

 Such fantastic prizes, all of them!

Its FREE and EASY to enter….so get digging and snapping to win!