When it comes to bookish memories, Norbert Bransby, the veteran-surfer turned programmer-gardener and inventor of the P.C. [purple cabbage] always tops my list. Maybe it’s the fun dialogue or the fact that he gets away with being unapologetic and difficult. Maybe it’s the beach vibe or his working knowledge of pentail tree shrews. Whatever the reason, he’s inspired my garden notebook.

Like Norbert, there’s nothing particularly fancy about the posts here, just the scribbling of various things I’ve observed while gardening in the Western Cape. It’s more for my records than for anything else, though I sincerely hope it helps you in your own green adventures. If there’s one thing of which Norbert always reminds me, it’s that life is fragile and could use some care.

Norbert’s Garden Notebook


Notes concerning edible plants.

Project Batwing

The epic, arduous journey of me trying to nurse a yellow cluster of leaves into dramatic, black and white flowers reminiscent of Hollywood yesteryear.

Helper Snakes

Simple Python 3 files written to assist with gardening.