Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery
I love plants. That’s a weird sentence to write down, isn’t it? But it’s true, I do. I love having them in my house – I love how they add colour to a room and life and, well, oxygen. Ever since I started working from home, I’ve become even more obsessed with filling my workspace (and my eatspace and my sleepspace) with greenery, and I really think they add a little extra joy and loveliness to the whole place. The problem is that, as much as I love love love plants (geez, someone get me a tshirt with that written on it already) I’m also super bad at keeping them alive. I go to friends houses and they’ve got these bloody greenhouses practically taking over their tables, and yet when I try and encourage a little basil to grow on my balcony I end up with dead leaves staring at me whenever I go outside. Very sad indeed. When we picked up an old pallet a little while back (yes, we pick things up off the side of the road, no, I am not ashamed) I had big dreams of a sprawling pallet herb garden adorning the wall of my balcony and making it feel like I was in the middle of a fragrant forest every time I stepped outside. Alas, when Ant did build me a beautiful pallet garden (more on that later) herbs weren’t to be the thing. Maybe its the sunlight (too much? Too little?) or the watering (too much? Too little?) but the spot turned out to be awful for herbs, and they didn’t last.
Feeling a little sorry for myself (where are all my green thumbs?) Ant suggested that we move the herb growing to our kitchen windowsill (a stroke of genuis) and instead fill our lovely pallet garden with some hardier indigenous plants that would do well wherever we put them – an idea that I absolutely LOVED. Local is lekker and succulents can be so BEAUTIFUL. On a mission to get my hands on some lovely South African plants, I consulted the original Google (AKA my mum) who pointed us towards Random Harvest Nursery, an amazing little spot about 30 minutes out of Joburg.
Random Harvest (how great is that name?!) has loads and loads of beautiful South African plants to choose from – their website says around 800. It was hard for me to not spend all the money I have there to fill up every surface with pots and containers full of lovely green things. When we got there we quickly found what we were looking for (and about another 100 things that we didn’t need, but wanted) and them we decided to stop and have some afternoon tea at the beautiful little tea garden. Sunday is cheat day (jokes, every day is cheat day) so we ordered a slice of their carrot cake and a slice of the baked apple cake, both of which were amazing and went so well with our tea. Situated under the trees out in the middle of the nursery, the tea garden makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a forest, and there was just enough sun dappled through the trees to keep us nice and warm in the winter sun. If you’re not a fan of sitting outdoors, they’ve got a lovely indoor section too.
When we’d finished our tea, we didn’t really want to leave – it’s that lovely there. Armed with our beautiful new South African succulents, we headed home, where Ant added them to our pallet garden – a project I’ll be sharing with you very soon. And the best part? They’re still alive and thriving – well, for now at least.