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 snakes and tortoises are wide awake. We are having to remove certain tortoises quite often from the veggie garden.
The vegetables in the gardens quickly tend to bolt if not watered well enough, or get to dried up from
the South Easter who regularly makes her appearance. Like now. And yesterday. And probably tomorrow.
Luckily, just around the corner we have a warm False Bay ocean for long delicious swims and an icy turquoise Atlantic Ocean around the other corner for screamingly refreshing dips or exhilarating surfs.
Summer also brings us:
Warm magical evenings with clear starry skies, sweet fragrant juicy tomatoes and plump purple sticky figs from the garden, super productive bees buzzing amongst all the flowers and warm freckled faces and dirty sandy hands after a hard day of playing in the garden.
I love Springtime at Cape Point. Mild sunny weather with no wind, beautiful fynbos flowers on show, tortoises start emerging (and some snakes too) a few showers for the plants, and have I mentioned no wind?
Here is whats been happening:
Critically endangered (Red data listed) Watsonia humilis.
Roof garden of the retail office
Calendula in flower in the veggie garden
We finally have our very own Good Hope Gardens Nursery veggie garden seeds!
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!!!
So we have returned from an amazing time-out. Annual holidays are the greatest, but it’s also kind of great to be back at the nursery….
On day one of return Taskmaster discovered the porcupine had been visiting. A lot. Set the trap and hey presto a porky was caught! Even have a photo this time:
He was a small one but oh so defensive. If the dogs or we came near, he would ruffle his quills (really loud…imagine a shaker in a mexican band) and stamp his little foot!
In celebration of no bites-in-veg any more, we went to see how much the dam had filled. It’s really been a rain shy winter this year.
The dogs and Kingoftheplayground had a blast. Kingoftheplayground decided it would be best to have a dip.
So the landscaping teams are full steam back into work. The nursery is propagating away and getting ready for the next sale. The event is called’ Spring into Fynbos’ and will include all kinds of lovely fun and fynbos on Saturday the 18th of September.. Walks, talks, kids entertainment and Auntie # 1 is coming down especially to do a Wild Flower display with flowers collected off our very own mountain! Cant wait.
The tea garden re-opens this weekend…due to staff and menu changes we reopen much later than advertised. Great apologies to those who came for tea last week. But the good news is that the plan is to now have more of a farmstall food option and I’ve been baking bread (so good) and perfecting the Best Pie Ever. Feeling hungry? Come visit this weekend!
The reason for such a gap in blog updates? Er…dog ate my homework? Well, close enough…they stole my camera and ran off with it. They have annoying habits of capturing odd shoe/recycling/the other sock you were looking for and gifting a random bush with said object. So old camera that I must hold lense open when shooting with will have to do for now.
So the world cup is upon us. Vuvuzelas humming, everyone wearing yellow tops, many tourists stopping in middle of road near Cape Point to feed baboons – letting them jump in their cars while they get it on film….etc. The flags are flying high at the nursery…we even have football Fridays with a lucky draw and a Good Hope Nursery soccer match on the last friday! Sad about Bafana Bafanas tragic game last night. Although I don’t actually know what happens in soccer ( fit sweaty men running around…whats not to like? ) I try to join in shouting encouraging things at the screen like “Noooo!” and “Yessssss!” and other soccer type words.
Above shows some of the damage a porcupine did to our veggie garden. It interestingly loves parsley roots. And every other root we had he decided to have a little taste. Except the carrots – he had a rather large taste….like half the carrot patch for supper.
So we set a trap that night. A porcupine trap with tasty things they love in it like beetroot, pear, carrots, sweet potato and a veggie sausage for fun.
The next morning we went to go see.
We had caught a wild cat. The veggie sausage was gone. Kingoftheplaygroung named him “The Fierce Bad Kitty”.
Sooo we let it go (it was quite cross) and set the trap again last night. This morning there was a young porcupine in it!!!Porqupines are amazingly beautifull…like an installation artwork of quills. They will run backwards to defend themselves, the strongest quills are on their tails. And he had a tiny almost human like ear. Taskmaster set him free on a faraway mountain.
The Landscapers current job is rehabilitation at the Smitswinkle Bay Hoerikwagga campsite….
Taskmaster was on the Kikuyu grasses case in the sublime surroundings…
And stopped to see how well these roof gardens are doing…created by the Landscaping team here of course:
So enjoy the world cup, don’t forget our 15% sale off ALL PLANTS !!!! and keep warm..theres snow on Table Mountain!
Indigenous plants, farm life and wild food in Cape Point