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Pelargonium graveolens

There are many different species of the rose-scented Pelargonium. With the Pelargonium graveolens being my personal favorite, it is the one I most frequently use. Just a mere stroll past a Pelargonium graveolens, and crushing a leaf under your nose can inspire a host of tea-time recipe ideas including iced teas, jellies, scones, cupcakes, ice-cream and much more. Used in the correct way, this delicate fragrance can be carried out into your food. If you simmer the leaves gently in some milk, you will be left with a kind of fragrant milk. NOTE: Be careful not to bring the milk to a boil as this will leave a leafy taste.

Spearmint chocolate cake with rose Pelargonium chocolate-truffle icing

Serves 8

FOR THE CAKE

What you will need:

½ cup of cocoa powder

1¾ cups of flour

1½ cups of sugar

½ cup of oil

1 cup of spearmint tea (simmer spearmint in water for 5 minutes)

2 tbs spearmint, chopped

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

3 eggs, separated

Method:

Sift the flour and cocoa into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, except for the egg whites. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and then carefully fold them into the cake mixture. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 40 minutes. Test to see if the cake is ready by gently pricking the cake with a butter knife, and if the knife comes out clean; your cake is ready to come out of the oven.

FOR THE ICING

What you will need:

175 ml of cream

1 slab of milk chocolate, crushed into tiny pieces

A handful of rose-scented Pelargonium leaves and flowers

50 g butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

Simmer the leaves, butter and cream over a low heat for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a metal bowl over the crushed chocolate. Add the vanilla essence and beat with a whisk until smooth. Leave the icing to cool. Once it has hardened slightly, ice the cake and decorate it with the Pelargonium flowers.

Pelargonium cake

What is the difference between Geraniums and Pelargoniums? They both come from the same family or Genus called Geraniaceae. An easy way to tell these two species apart is observing them when they are in flower – Geraniums have five petals all of equal size and Pelargoniums have two petals of equal size at the top, and three of a different size below.

How to grow Pelargonium graveolens

Pelargonium graveolens, or more commonly known as ‘rose-scented Pelargonium’, is an easy-to-grow shrub, and grows to a height of one metre. Pelargonium grows naturally from George, through the Eastern Cape, and northern regions, right up to Zimbabwe. It grows best in moist, semi-shaded positions. Pelargoniums flower right through from August to January. The flowers are easily distinguished by their distinct white, pink or mauve-coloured flowers. Pelargonium leaves can be used to make a tea to treat stomach ailments. The tea or crushed leaves are also good for treating symptoms of insomnia.

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Pop-Up Tea Garden, Plants + Clothing Sale

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Saturday the 13th of Feb 10am – 4pm

Join us for a day of indigenous plants, second-hand clothing and delicious food.
Where:
Nestled amongst the Fynbos in Cape Point, the Good Hope Gardens Nursery is the perfect venue for family and friends to enjoy a home-made treat and a discount on plants and clothes at this unique pop-up event.
What:
FOOD – Fresh and Botanical is the theme of the day with floral foods, organic veg and wild edible ingredients harvested in and around the nursery. Veld+Sea will be creating a mouthwatering menu with sweet and savory seasonal delights, an array of Fynbos flavoured teas picked from the Veldkos garden as well as regular teas and fresh, strong coffee. Parusha Naidoo will be joining us with a selection of her super delicious vegan treats.
PLANTS – There will be a beautiful array of plants on sale in the retail and a crazy 20% sale off all plants! The nursery specializes in Indigenous plants and has a fantastic selection of Indigenous and Fynbos plants. They grow beautiful, hardy plants and trees specifically designed by nature to flourish in local climate conditions. Take advantage of the specials on offer at this even and green up your garden or balcony with these water wise plants
CLOTHES:
Aeren Fortune will have a rail of good quality, pre-loved ladies clothing from Ireland in a selection of gorgeous fabrics – silk, wool, etc. Treat yourself to some beautiful bargains!
Please note:
The tea garden will have outdoor seating, so we suggest bringing a wrap if the wind is up or get some tea time treats as a takeaway if it starts to rain.
BONUS:
There is a fun playground for kiddies to enjoy, a succulent koppie to meander up and a 30 min Fynbos walk for the adventurous. Dogs on leads please as there are free range animals around!
CONTACT:
Please contact roushanna@hotmail.com for any questions you might have or visit the Facebook event page for updates and info.

 

Pop-up Tea Garden and Plant Sale – October 10 2015

Spring has sprung!!!

Which means its time for another floral event…

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Join us for a day of Indigenous plants and Indigenous edible delights.
Where:
Nestled amongst the Fynbos in Cape Point, the Good Hope Gardens Nursery is the perfect venue for family and friends to enjoy a home-made treat and a discount on plants at this unique pop-up event.
What:
FOOD – Fresh and Botanical is the theme of the day with floral foods, organic veg and wild edible ingredients harvested in and around the nursery. Veld+Sea will be creating a mouthwatering menu with sweet and savory seasonal delights, an array of Fynbos flavoured teas picked from the Veldkos garden as well as regular teas and fresh, strong coffee.
PLANTS – Spring has sprung – there will be a beautiful array of spring flowers and plants on sale in the retail. The nursery specializes in Indigenous plants and has a fantastic selection of Indigenous and Fynbos plants. We
grow beautiful, hardy plants and trees specifically designed by nature to flourish in local climate conditions. Have fun in your garden or balcony this spring and take advantage of the specials on offer at this event.
Please note:
The tea garden will have outdoor seating, so we suggest bringing a blanket if the wind is up or get some boxed tea time treats to takeaway if it starts to rain.
BONUS:
There is a fun playground for kiddies to enjoy, a succulent koppie to meander up and a 30 min Fynbos walk for the adventurous. Dogs on leads please as there are free range animals around!
CONTACT:
Please contact roushanna@hotmail.com for any questions you might have or visit www.goodhopegardensnursery.co.za and discover what we are all about.

Join the Facebook event for updates and info here: Pop-up Tea Garden and Plant Sale

Pop-up Tea Garden and Plant Sale – 30th May 2015

Pop-up Tea Garden and Plant Sale

Join us for a day of Indigenous plants and Indigenous edible delights.

Where:
Nestled amongst the Fynbos in Cape Point, the Good Hope Gardens Nursery is the perfect venue for family and friends to enjoy a home-made treat and a discount on plants at this unique pop-up event.
What:
FOOD – Fresh and Botanical is the theme of the day with floral foods, organic veg and wild edible ingredients harvested in and around the nursery. Expect a mouthwatering menu like scones with wild berry jam and cream, rustic garden veg quiche with freshly harvested salad greens and edible flowers, decadent Rooibos cakes, wild flavoured cupcakes and koeksisters in Pelargonium syrup. Enjoy an array of Fynbos flavoured teas picked from the Veldkos garden as well as fresh strong coffee, Ceylon, Earl Gray and Hot Chocolate with a twist.
PLANTS – Planting season has officially begun with our first rains softly falling. The nursery specializes in Indigenous plants and has a fantastic selection of Indigenous and Fynbos plants. We grow beautiful, hardy plants and trees specifically designed by nature to flourish in local climate conditions. Have fun in your garden or balcony this winter and take advantage of the specials on offer at this event.
Please note:
The tea garden will have outdoor seating, so we suggest bringing a blanket if the wind is up or get some boxed tea time treats to takeaway if it starts to rain.
BONUS:
There is a fun playground for kiddies to enjoy, a succulent koppie to meander up and a 30 min Fynbos walk for the adventurous. Dogs on leads please as there are free range animals around!
CONTACT:
Please contact roushanna@hotmail.com for any questions you might have, visit the Facebook event page for updates or go to www.goodhopegardensnursery.co.za and discover what we are all about.

Hope to see you there!

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!

Spring Sale!

Our annual Spring Sale will be happening on Saturday the 14th of September from 10am – 4pm. Don’t miss out!

What you can expect:

Plant sale: Spruce up your gardens this Spring with Fynbos, Indigenous, edible, medicinal, non-indigenous, herbs, succulents plants and more. ALL the plants in the retail will be discounted at less 15%!

Fynbos walks: Go exploring along the fynbos walks on the Klaasjagersberg mountain path.

Food: Enjoy a snack, relax in the shady seating or grab takeaway – delicious samoosas, dahl and rice, curry, hot chips, bakes and refreshments.

Kid’s fun: Kids will love the playground, farm animals and face painting.

Indigenous Spring Garden Competition: Prize-giving will be held at 11am

Car boot sale: Come and find some bargains – one mans junk is another mans treasure!

So pencil it in your diary, tap it into your blackberry or stick a note on your forehead. Grab your friends and their neighbors, your family and that Facebook friend you never see in real life and join us for a day of Fynbos Fun!

Email us on fynbosplants@xsinet.co.za for more info.

Visit us on our Facebook page

Hope to see you there!!!

Pelargonium in Spring

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