I’m not a fan of that term (“green”), or many of the other similarly sexy marketable words , (“environmental”, “eco-friendly”, “natural”, “organic”, “sustainable”) but I understand the need for them.  There needs to be that attachment or connection to the things we produce, things we buy into, how we use, how we dispose.

I went through a lot of anguish to name this blog, the Bioagogee bit, none of those eco-anything words please.  I’m just fascinated with life in its infinite forms, literally stand amazed when I learn about something new, like glass frogs

Glass Frog


or diablos rojos (or anything from the sea actually)

aka Humboldt Squid


or monkey beetles (or any insects actually)  

Scelophysa trimeni


or when I come across something as off-centre as Synsepalum dulcificum, “Miracle Fruit”, which contains an active glycoprotein molecule called miraculin that binds to taste buds causing bitter and sour foods to taste sweet (the sugar industry in the States did not like this one bit in the ’70’s, much like cotton producers don’t like the hemp industry).

Synsepalum dulcificum


Or when I stand face to face with something, like two mongooses (not “mongeese”) within four hours of each other in two separate areas. 

Galerella pulverulenta


So I may be a hypocrite naming the green roofing company Green Sky Landscapes, but I’ll let that one slide.

Special mention must be made to Mr Terome McNally who sat and listened and reasoned and came up with ideas and shut down ideas and lit up more ideas and then I suppose just carried on doing what he was doing downstairs while Skype was still on upstairs.

Disclaimer:  All photographs were sourced online at the sites linked above.  Wait.  Except for the diablos rojos picture which was sourced at this tabloid article.  Ugh.  ]



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2 responses to “Grrrr-een.

  1. Dear! Lovely to read about your experiences of the every day-kind of miracles that surrounds us! It makes me really happy, too!

    I would like to ask you a question (that maybe turns into plural?): I am a swedish landscape architect doing a post doc-course in (something like) “global perspectives on urban ecology”, with Cape Town as this year’s case study (Resources.11 – Just Grounds Cape Town, see We’re coming to Cape Town in february, and I would like to have some advises about what to see, when talking about modern planting/green buildings/urban farming projects like yours? I can see that you are interested in the spreding of fynbos, and we have had contact with people from the university etc talking about the natural flora and some projects around this (Table Mountain natural reserves, Bottom road wetland-park etc). But we’re alsom interested in smaller projects and certainly thoose dealing with food-production. If you would like to give me some hints it would make me very glad! If it would be possible to come and visit your garden it would be great :).
    Thank you!
    Johanna Jarmeus, landscape architect

  2. Johanna, what a pleasure to meet you! And thank you for your compliment. Your post-doc sounds very interesting and I would love for us to meet. I think it is very important for the vast network to connect, for us to share our experiences, stories and solutions. Please get a hold of me when you get here (or just before would be better), easiest on zayk.first[at] and we can discuss what you need and definitely where you should go, who you should get in touch with (specific to which field of interest/study) especially with the time you have.

    Looking forward to it!
    (P.S: Just Grounds sounds very interesting, thank you for sharing!)

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