Summer is ending. A chill hits the air as soon as the sun falls behind the icy Atlantic Ocean. Autumn is here.
We have been blessed with rain over the past few days and the plants are loving it. It’s the very best kind of rain…a constant drizzle over a few days. It really soaks the earth and gives it a perfect watering.
With rain come growth and life. We have also had new developments at the nursery in the form of interesting landscaping projects, a rehabilitation project, wild food forage expeditions and progress in the Veldkos garden.
Not to mention working on our very exciting book – a big thanks to Robyn Hoepner – editor supreme – for helping make our dreams and ideas become a reality.
So to continue with all these positive vibes
Now you can just relax, kick back and enjoy this fun photo story of Good Hope Gardens…
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Indigenous plants, farm life and wild food in Cape Point