Chilo Gardens are looking ever more lush, and our all-indigenous policy is paying dividends as the season progresses from drought conditions to intense rainstorms!
One of my favourite plants in bloom now, in front of our future dance arena, is Oncosa spinosa, the “Snuff box” plant. A spiny shrub with exquisite white flowers, (sometimes commonly called the African dog rose), this also bears intriguing round fruits, “snuff boxes”, which are used to make beaded snuff boxes and leg rattles. Many other plants also function as leg rattles and snuff containers, such as gourds and African oranges, as seen in my photographs. How fitting that this stunning plants grows right in front of the area that we are clearing to create a dance and theatre floor for our local troubadours!
Green and gorgeous gardens………….
The future dance and theatre area will be an African version of Shakespearean “Theatre in the Round”-an open air experience not to be missed…can’t wait to hear the rattle of leg charms and the beat of hand-carved drums under an African sky.