The dahlia, a rather surprising history

Dahlias have never featured in my garden. I would not say I dislike them, but I am not exactly a fan. Maybe they are just a little too showy. Many years ago, when I was a reporter working for our local newspaper, I would cover the fiercely competitive annual Dahlia Show and interview the year’s…

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Revisiting the Owl House

It is mid-December and the temperature is heading into the forties. The Karoo in mid-summer is not for the faint-hearted, but the air is still fresh enough this early in the morning. Heading out from a guesthouse in Aberdeen with a sandwich for ‘padkos’ and freshly brewed coffee from a service station in Graaff-Reinet feels…

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