I have deep love for vetplantjies (succulents). They are easy to grow and virtually indestructible. I’ve collected a few over the years and they will probably outlive me and all my descendants. Finding interesting plants can take time as nurseries don’t always have the really gnarly interesting ones.  So I’ve collected mine from various places – on trips to towns such as Prince Albert, Bredasdorp and Fraserberg, to plucking bits from friends’ gardens. It just takes one little branch to grow a whole bush. Gather some interesting containers that you have lying around or browse the Milnerton market on a Saturday or Sunday morning and start growing.

I found the glass paraffin bottle below at a junk shop in Oudtshoorn for R10. The aloe is from the forest in Plett.

when your plant’s been in water for a week or so, you will notice lots of little roots sprouting. This is a good time to pot them in soil, but I’ve left a lot of mine in glass containers and they keep growing happily. Just remember to change the water once a week. Indirect sunlight is also best.

we found the bottles below in the basement of our house….kindly left to us by the owners who first lived here about 100 years ago. Each bottle has a big sign that says “this bottle is never sold, please rinse in cold water and return daily”. These were the good old pre-plastic  and 5 digit phone number days.

Jeremy found this weirdly awesome snakeskin pot in Riebeek Kasteel. The edge was a little chipped so the owner gave it to us for R25. And notice the all seeing “eye” of a piece of driftwood in the background.

Spekboom plants grow like crazy and they make great flower arrangements that last forever. You can replant them afterwards. I picked up the old consol jar at a junk shop in Parow for R15. And one of my most prized possesions is the yellow swan, bought in my hometown Welkom, the capitol of Kitch for R10.

The beaker is from o.live

The vetties below have history…the one in the middle I bought at a nursery called Groei in Bredasdorp in 2007. The cuties on the left I stole from my friend Tania’s house in Kommetjie and replanted. The guy on the right was a parting gift from my old job in 2003.

I’m waiting for my “dragon” plant below to sprout some roots. It’s a recent acquisition from my friend Nikki’s balcony. All you have to do is break a stem off the main plant, put it in water in a light filled corner and let nature do her thing. Also advisable to get permission from the owner before you break off your piece….

Tutorial on hanging gardens to follow.

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