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Upcoming event – Fynbos and Food Fair 2012

The time is rolling around again for our next event at the Nursery. Its our Summer event which is always fun and festive and this time the focus is on indigenous trees and food, food food! ..details as follows…

There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than at the annual Good Hope Gardens Nursery’s Food and Fynbos Fair. Set in the Cape Floral Kingdom’s peninsula heartland, there will be an array of fun for the whole family. From fun for kids – a jumping castle, face painting,
pony rides and playground – to fynbos walks, fynbos food, fynbos products, lots of delicious food stalls, an intriguing succulent footpath and discounted plants from one of the finest fynbos collections to be found anywhere. Green up your Christmas this year by buying a discounted indigenous tree to decorate. The fair happens at Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Plateau Rd (M65) en route to Cape Point on Saturday the 15 Dec from 10am – 4pm.

Visit our facebook page for the latest news on the event!

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Spring time at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

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:

Leucadendron laureolum

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!

Selaginella in the shade in the retail.

Spring tortoise makes an appearance.

Beautiful flowers ready for the Spring sale.

Enjoy the weather everyone and happy planting!

Pics from December and happy holidays

Our Fynbos Summer Sale was fantastic:

A bustling retail and mouth-watering wheat-free tea garden treats…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a free guided fynbos walk and lots of amazing arts and crafts on sale…

 

The kiddiewinks were rather happy with the activities available…

 

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Other Fynbos fun included Fynbos Gardening talks, Fynbos food, music, new faces, lots of plant specials and of course, the stunning surroundings of the nursery. Remember that we have these events four times a year…hope to see you at the next one!!!

In the meantime, happy holidays and safe travels. Please note that the nursery will be closed on 24,25 and 26 of Dec as well as  Saturday – Dec the 31st and Sunday – Jan the 1st 2011 ….as much as we love having you – we need to have 5 selfish days of the year to have the nursery all to ourselves 🙂 will post pics in the next blog!

Happy New Year 2011 to you all!!!!!

The Fynbos Family Day!

What a great day we had! Cars were lined up and down Plateau Rd:

There was fun for the kids…and even tigers:)

It was a bit windy with gusts of fresh air, but that did not stop everyone from having an amazing day. All plants were discounted, there was a R40 ea tree section (still on sale by the way) and lots of people must have been planting up a storm this week!

There were delicious eats baked by yours truly (Up untill 3am ) and served with a smile by Mary+Sister#2 and also Florence+Pateka…

We were serenaded by Phillip Nangle’s beautiful african calabash marimba music….putting the vibe into the atmosphere everyone’s step. He is a fantastic musician, instrument builder and artist. http://www.phillipnangle.com

There were also Talks on Healing plants in your garden by Peter von Maltitz…very, very interesting and informative. He has even written a little book called ‘Natural Medicine for children’  which gives you cures to ailments from earache to when babies don’t want to eat to childhood diseases. its only R50….come buy it at the nursery!

The other speaker was Ivan Groenhof who spoke on his Rim of Africa mountain trails…an awesome presentation with slide show and drums and even lovely Lisa his wife playing the oboe. Shivers down the spine and amazing photos to inspire even the most unfit and unsure to take this spectacular journey on. Find out more at http://www.rimofafrica.co.za

There were amazing stalls too: Food from the tea garden, samoosas, many beautiful craft, ceramics, clothes, soaps, handmade furniture, art and more.

And that, my friends was that! To those who could make it and joined the fynbos fun – thank you so much! And to those who could not grace us, pop over on our next event (Winter sale I think in the June July holidays) and you wont be disappointed!

I leave you with this mouth-watering display of sweet treats from the Tea Garden:

The dam and the honeymoon.

Yesterday we all took a break from the Big Move, and headed for the dam.

Rocks were explored and  plants were examined.

At the dam, Pollox went to cool off and Lucy had a scope around.

On the way back, we had the luck of seeing a very clear Table Mountain with its cable car twinkling, and an owl hooting on a rock!

Today we had to get the Ecolodge ready for a newlyweds.

KindofthePlayground helped to clean the jaccuzi… “Oh, got we to clean it all up?”

Me: “Careful around the edge please!” Him: “Oh my word-Im being careful!”

And added a romantic touch with flowers in vases, proteas on pillows and a wreath on the door.

We wish you a Happy Ever After!

Sowing and going.

Yesterday we got ready for planting our top crops in the bottom veggie garden…Wheelbarrow – check. Plastic packets for collecting stuff-check. Trowel-check. Seeds-check. We planted:

Kohlrabi (white)

Sweet basil

Sunflowers

Popcorn

Sweetpeas

Along the way we met Flor and Melinda who were maintaining the Kirstenbosch plants area.

We past the retail….

And some interesting pot plants in the Tea Garden.

After planting the seeds, we went to check out the meilies….and picked some baby ones for supper.

The building was still in progress at home, so we started our Big Move and moved Kingoftheplaygrounds stuff into his new BigBoy room. Wow – how to turn a sweet lil’ two year old  into a controlling megalomaniac? Give him his own big room and try and pack his toys away. Ha – good luck!

So to calm ourselves, we ended the day by going to look at the giraffes in the Falkia repens and the Sunbird in the Tacoma capensis.

Much much later,

I met with the designer for the Ecolodge, to look at paint swatches…I never knew that GREEN had so many, many names! Spearmint? Should we go with Summer Glo? Oooh that one is FAR to yellow. A dirty green, or a pastel green…*confused face* …Can I just close my eyes and pick one please?

Full steam ahead for the Ecolodge revamp. Off to choose material for the couches now. Hope they don’t have too many, many fabrics to choose from.