Fynbos in the rain

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in The Green Life

Fynbos in the rain

Winter brings replenishing water, icy winds and seasonal flowers. A frosty magic moment revealed some interesting aspects as I passed this scene. A francolin, endemic to the region and bullied for territory by guinea fowl, makes his way into the undergrowth. Above him a drama is played out by the parasitic Cuscuta (witches hair/dodder) draped over a keurboom tree. The dodder grows from seed and the proceeds to grow over and feast on its host plants. Between are the radiant...

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Aliens

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in The Green Life

Aliens

Aliens, a term that evokes wonder, disbelief and scepticism, yet well accepted parlance. In the gardening world, especially here where our Fynbos heritage has been cornered but not subdued, aliens are active. A misnomer which refers to vigorous exotics which are advantageously colonising the region, taking up water and land. The photograph illustrates rapid germination post fire, sans any local flora. Fortunately they provide good mulch and firewood and in a time of...

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Adaminspection

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in The Green Life

Adaminspection

Majesty,marvelous mountain.The earthworm team are taking in the beauty of the gnarled, colourful rocks and the pristine water, The reflections and echoes were startlingly crisp and clear. The reward for hard work was a walk up to Three Dams cradled in kloof. Our gardening water originates from this catchment, live energised water. How blessed. To the uninitiated and frequent visitor alike these are reservoirs of...

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Workers

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in The Green Life, Worm Farm

Workers

One of the advantages of an earthworm farm is that the workers(worms) work 24/7. Their slower periods, in a system open to the weather, are temperature related as they don’t differentiate between day and night. It follows then that after the worms have been well fed, chores and gardening done, the workers can rest and take in sunny...

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