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The day America died

By Rick van Rossum Oh yes, millions are in mourning. We’ve just seen the most expensive election in the history of the world, it cost $6 billion in cash, that’s more than 50 billion Rand. It took nearly 2 years, or half the time the victors will be voted in for. Millions of people were…

Highveld beauties

by Johan Wentzel This weekend we were privileged to spend in Dullstroom. Not to catch trout, but to watch the early flowerers. In our region these plants are known as the pre-rain emergents. Most of them die back annually, but resprout from a woody rootstock. Many plants that occur in our area are also common…

Promises, Promises…

with Rick van Rossum Yes, we get them all, especially when it gets closer to election times. You know, better service delivery, better water and sanitation, roads, hospitals, education, politicians, no more potholes or squatter camps, just joking. The list is endless, you name it and somebody will promise it. Some of the older readers,…

Made in South Africa…

with Rick van Rossum Yes, made right here in our country. Hmm, what? People, yes people, and don’t sell us short. GAL, the Global Achievement Landscape, is littered with famous South Africans. I don’t know them all but we tend to discount the performance of locals and look up to the Imports, same with products,…

Garden in harmony with nature – last change

Left: Another entry in the Kormorant’s garden competition – Garden in Harmony with  Nature. The gardens will be judged in November. Our gardening competition is coming up in the next few weeks and I thought a refresher could do no harm. The aim of this iniative is to make people aware of how the environment…

Biblical discussion about lawns

by Johan Wentzel This week I am not giving you advice on indegenous gardening.   I thought I would share the following conversation about gardening with readers. A lesson in gardening on the lighter side…God: John, you know all about gardens and nature what in the world is going on down there? What happened to…

To forgive or not to…

with Rick van Rossum Went to see off a good friend, last week. A sad day for us all. A young man cut down in his prime, for what, a cell phone, a laptop and a ride in his bakkie? Very difficult to understand, is there absolutely no value for a life, is it cultural,…

Donderdag

Something Rotten by Deon van Huizen I have fond memories of how I battled through “Hamlet” – taught by a teacher who disliked the “Rooinekke” immensely and had a bigger interest in the length of the girls’ skirts than in Shakespeare. Little did I know, battling through the school desks of Hoërskool Brits, that my…

Some grassland beauties

by Johan Wentzel In previous issues of the Green File, we have discussed trees that occur on the Highveld. In this edition, I want to discuss some of the beautiful bulbs and small perennials that occur in the Grasslands. Many of them must be subjected to veld fire before they would flower. What is also…

Spring is here, believe it

Oh yes believe it. Gone are those nippy cold fronts and desperate mornings where you’d rather stay in bed. It’s like a new beginning, a new chapter in life. Everything wakes up, waiting for the first rains, although that’s still a way off and the early starters could get burned before the rains fall. Wait…

Some really hardy shrubs

by Johan Wentzel In the previous issue of the Green File, I commented on the fact that winter was pretty mild (in some areas anyway). And then we had snow – the first time ever since I moved to Hartbeespoort in the early seventies. Two weeks later it was summer with temperatures reaching 30 degrees….
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