The L’Ormarins winter gardens are beautiful at the moment thanks to the above average rainfall and cold days, which include three days of snow-capped mountains that we’ve experienced in the Franschhoek valley during June. These cold days are beneficial to the deciduous trees and spring flowering bulbs. The colder the winter, the better the dormancy, which results in enhanced growth and healthier more plentiful flowers and fruit set. Colder weather also helps eradicate some of the nasty pests and diseases that might have plagued the plants in summer.
Our nine farm dams are overflowing – all this in record time! The intrepid Cape winter days are often followed by gorgeous sunny days, which enable visitors to savour the fresh air and peaceful surroundings of the gardens. Snow drops, Red Hot Pokers and Watsonias are blooming at present and although most plants are in a dormant state, some splashes of colour are still visible.
It’s tree planting season as well at L’Ormarins. Every year we plan for a variety of shade providing trees to be planted, also for the benefit of future generations. This year the museum took delivery of plane trees from London and The Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room will receive a number of Water Oaks, Turkish Oaks and English Oaks. It is “all systems go” as we are preparing for the winter pruning of roses, Hydrangeas and lanky shrubs, commencing on 15 July 2014.