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About me
🌿 I've been gardening ever since a child, when I spent time with my father in his vegetable garden. But my fascination with Echeverias started in the 1980's, when my father gave me a pot with five Echeverias, which turned out to be E. imbricata. At first I wasn't much interested in them and planted them in some obscure corner of the garden and completely forgot about them. How great was my surprise when, a couple of months later, I noticed that they had spread and made a beautiful display - I was hooked!
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

A visit to a Tea Garden


One of our favourite haunts, where we have been going for about 17 or 18 years, is the 'Boomhuisie' (meaning Treehouse) Tea Garden and restaurant in Viljoen Street, Krugersdorp-North (Gauteng, South Africa). They are obviously succulent-lovers and have some of the biggest Barrel cacti I have ever seen. The one above is about half a meter wide and very healthy-looking.


I've had my Barrel Cactus for over 15 years and it is only half the size of these, so I can just imagine how old they are!

Graptoveria "Fred Ives" sharing space with some Echeverias
Another Graptoveria
 
A collection of cacti

A sign greeting one as you enter the garden - Image credit

Part of the garden overlooking the Koi pond - Image credit

A walk through the garden

A walk past the Koi pond

The Koi pond contains a large number of Koi, some of them almost a meter long!

One of the inside dining rooms - Image credit

The décor is an eclectic mix of vintage and artsy-fartsy creativity - Image credit

The treehouse in one of the large Jacaranda's, from which the tea garden derives its name

Just enjoying! Image credit

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

A proposal - Happy New Year!


I don't normally make any New Year's resolutions, but here is one that can serve all of us well! May you scatter joy and happiness wherever you go all 365 days of the upcoming year and get the same in return. Happy New Year to you!

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