Sence and Sensibility

Yesterday afternoon I went for tea, and to measure up a kitchen courtyard. The owner wants Potager to establish a vegetable and herb garden in wooden planters.




The area is perfect for a French kitchen garden. There’s lots of sun, although under the roof eaves its quite shady so here we’ll have to plant herbs like, Mioga ginger (Zingiber mioga), Angelica (Angelica archangelica),  Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium). They all grow well in shade. Basil also seems to grow well in dappled shade.


The owner wants us to place smaller wooden planters on a raised area and to disguise unsightly gas bottles with a lattice style trellis. Of a late afternoon, he’d like to sit outside and enjoy the serenity and take in the various aromas. 



That’s the thing with herbs – each different herb releases a distinctive scent. The fresh scent of mint. The heady fragrance of rosemary and the wild bouquet of coriander. Its a great setting for a lazy afternoon.  

There’s almost something magical about crushing a handful of basil and releasing the earthy grass and licorice aroma.

Whilst we were having our tea in the front garden I noticed a Staghorn Fern growing on a Wild Plum (Harpephyllum caffrum). The pod shield thingy was staggering in size. After some research I think it’s a Platycerium coronarium or it could be a willinckii. Help.


Maybe someone with a knowledge of Staghorn's can identify it?


I was also enchanted by a vivid Flame Lily (Gloriosa superba) he had growing in a pot. Being from Zimbabwe, it reminded him of the flame lilies that grow on the streets of Harare.