“From the time of our earliest forefathers, we have gazed in awe and wonder at the magic that is conjured by flowers and foliage – the colour and beauty of their shapes, their markings and the intricacies of their form. Plants are miracles of nature providing sustenance for the body and the soul. It is little wonder that we continue to celebrate their existence.”
Taking a stroll along Plett’s beaches, it was with great excitement that we stumbled upon the wild freesia growing in the crevices of the Lookout Rocks on Wedge side of Central Beach. How they get to be there is truly a miracle. There is hardly enough space to contain their bulbs. They are mostly pollinated by bees. An excellent sign that spring has sprung in Plett!
Freesia alba are endemic to Southern Africa with over 16 species, they are found growing in sandy or stony soils, alongside dunes or on the edges of forests. They seem to like damp places and grow mainly along the coast from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay. They are deciduous, so we have beautiful blooms now in spring and then they lie dormant in summer.
Colourful freesia growing in flower box
Cornerway House Garden
Spring Special at Cornerway House
Winter for me starts when the first oranges drop from the orange tree in the Cornerway garden. I love the bright orange colour of the oranges under the tree.
There are a few things that make winter in Plettenberg Bay special to me:
Cold Feet: winter walks burn more kilojoules because the body has to work twice as hard. My favourite winter walk in Plett.
Winter Fruits: Mmmm all the yummy oranges and grapes, much better to start the day with than All Bran Flakes.
Sleeping Late: Your immune system gets a boost from lying in, and yes it has been medically proven!
Hot Chocolate: Protect your heart with a warm hot chocolate, as the Japanese believe it to protect against heart disease. What better reason to drink hot chocolate?
Feed your skin: Winter dries the skin, so this is the perfect time to give your skin some extra TLC.
On that note, I leave you with some special pics from our garden. Keep warm until next time!
For more photos of our Garden please visit us at www.cornerwayhouse.co.za