Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone … W.H. Auden

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered …Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death … Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Then as if a mirage at sea a village of ramshackle homes
Single story on a sandbank all with gardens of the strangest design
A flea farm, gooseberry bushes and butterflies in net cages … Michael Wolf

The Mushroom is the Elf of Plants … Emily Dickinson


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    • Some years we have had an over abundance of them; last year there were none; this year I have left the few scraggly plants to grow where they please. There won’t be enough fruit for jam, although this Ouma Anne has made some delicious gooseberry jam in the ‘fat’ years!

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  1. Lovely thematic collection! βš«πŸŸ€πŸŸ£πŸ”΅πŸŸ‘πŸŸ πŸ”΄βšͺ



  2. I knew we had talked about gooseberries before, but I had to research it all again! Your cape gooseberries are what I am finally growing in my own garden, that we call ground cherries, because gooseberry refers to something else here, in the currant or ribes family. Do ribes also grow there?

    Do your cape gooseberries grow somewhat “wild”? Maybe they sow their own seeds? I planted my starts that I grew in the greenhouse in three places on my property in hopes that they will at least make a good crop somewhere this summer. I only ate them once a couple or three years ago and they were so good — and cute!


    • Hello Gretchen, the origin of Cape Gooseberries in our garden is probably thanks to the droppings of birds. They do grow ‘wild’ and are lanky bushes that appear to thrive with little help from me. During the more rainy years there are so many of them that I actually remove some. Last year there was not a single plant for we received virtually no rain at all. This year there are about three bushes that have come up in places of their own choosing and I am hoping to share the fruit with the birds. They are delicious to eat when still sun-warmed, and make a delicious jam or a sauce to serve with ice cream. Good luck with your plants! Ribes are not indigenous to this country; I am not sure if they are grown commercially or not.

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