The Pelargonium Brief


What I notice most about these flowers, are how hardy they are. They have surprised me by growing almost wherever I have planted them. What surprised me even more, was that I thought they were Geraniums! and that most of these species are indigenous to South Africa. They are found mainly along the east and west coasts … Continue reading The Pelargonium Brief

San or Saint…Pedro?


Huachuma - San Pedro, is known for and has a history of medicinal and shamanic use - huachumeros a male shaman or Huachureras a female shaman. (try to pronounce huachureras correctly and really quickly 10 times in a row!) The plant is native to the Andes mountains especially around the regions of Ecuador, Peru and … Continue reading San or Saint…Pedro?

Mushroom Hunting


After some light rain over a couple days, we took the dogs and some friends mushroom hunting. Below are some pictures from the short walk.

A thing of beauty.


From the moment you arrive at Ramblers Rest, you are greeted and embraced with beauty. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, well I challenge any eye to behold the sites and sounds found on this piece of earth, and not be won over. As I mentioned in previous articles we are in … Continue reading A thing of beauty.

Say ALOE to VERA my CACTI friend so SUCCULENT oozing AGAVE


When it comes to Aloe, Agave, Cacti and most Succulents, make no mistake size is not the decider, the little guys can be as tough as the big guys. Here on our farm in the Eastern Cape we have an extensive variety and distinguishing between them without some botanical no how can leave your pink … Continue reading Say ALOE to VERA my CACTI friend so SUCCULENT oozing AGAVE

2 FLAVOURS ONE DELICIOUS HERB


GARLIC CHIVES This popular herb is easy to grow and a great addition to any garden. It is easy to differentiate between onion chives and garlic chives. Garlic chives have a flat, grass-like leaf, unlike the hollow leaf of its oniony cousin. Some info for those serious green fingers. Garlic chives/Allium tuberosum is indicative of … Continue reading 2 FLAVOURS ONE DELICIOUS HERB

こんにちは


Kon'nichiwa ( hello in Japanese ) is a way I remembered ( or not ) my experts identification of cochineal scale, found on our local prickly pears. Cochineal is a tiny red sucking insect that draws the fluid from pads of prickly pear. As they feed, they produce masses of a white waxy material as … Continue reading こんにちは