Flowering fynbos, veggie patches and quaint cottage gardens: The Rotary Anns’ annual Spring Garden Day in Pinelands

Once a year in springtime, five brave residents of Pinelands generously open their gardens to crowds of curious visitors, as part of a fund-raising event organised by the Rotary Anns of Pinelands. Since moving to Pinelands about eight years ago, we have attended several of these Spring Garden Days, and they have always been most enjoyable and inspirational

The heart of a flower

Until last week, there was a small plant in our back garden that looked like a bunch of weeds I’d forgotten to pull up…. I’m so glad I didn’t, because it suddenly sprouted forth the most amazingly radiant golden-yellow flowers, which have completely transformed that corner of our garden. Look here! And every evening, when…

A catnip thief?

Hey! Who’s been chomping on Tuffy-cat’s brand-new catnip plant?! This is what it looked like on 3 September 2009, which is only about two weeks ago: And this is what the poor thing looked like today: Strictly speaking, it’s been looking like this for a couple of days now, but I wasn’t able to take…