The Garden Log

No two Gardens are the same.
No two Days are the same in one Garden.
Hugh Johnson



André Beaurain ~ October 6, 2015

Welwitschia mirabilis


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Finding the Quiver Trees


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André Beaurain ~ July 8, 2015

Victoria amazonica, Largest Waterlily

It quite a story how these valuable seeds arrived trough the post. I ordered a germinating seed from Poland, in March 2014.  They post the seed in the little capsules that one keep contact lenses in, with added water.     These seeds cannot dry out for they develope underwater like all Waterlily seeds and then just […]
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Titan Lilly, Amorphophallus titanum

From Ancient Greek amorphos, “without form, misshapen” + phallos, “phallus”, and titan, “giant” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amorphophallus_titanum In other words The Giant Misshapen Penis. The day I saw the the plant of the Largest Flower or rather inflorescence on earth at Kew gardens was in August 1997,  the month Princess Diana died,  yes and I was there for […]
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André Beaurain ~ March 19, 2015

Tomato Reduction

Tomatoes,   The Fruit of Salad. Corné is eagerly waiting, every year,  for the first spring breeze in August to sow the Tomatoes!  You can never have enough, for what you don’t eat you can cook up and make your own Tomato Reduction, which can be frozen and stored,  to be used in winter months. There […]
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Opus Vermiculatum

Because one can view the Front Garden from the Stoep which is about 1.5m up, it gave us the opportunity to do a traditional knot garden and mosaic, to be viewed from the top,  fitting with the Typical Swartland Victorian 1957 house. Like all Gardens this one grows and changes with every passing year. This […]
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André Beaurain ~ March 18, 2015

Honey

Twice a year we Harvest Honey.  Usually in October and then in February again. This is always fun for us,   but the dogs hate Honey day.  They always get stung.
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Onions

Autumn is the time to sow Onions.  They don’t like the heat in Summer, very peculiar.  Harvest in January or February,  preferably in striped pajamas.     Alet,  André’s Mother, showing Corné how to plait the onions so that you can hang them up.  This is a trick passed on from Mother to Daughter, so […]
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