Bittersweet delivery – update.

When I published this post about the kidnapping of Rod and Rachel Saunders of Silverhill seeds several weeks ago I promised to update it with any significant news.

I am very sad to report that a badly decomposed body discovered at the mouth of the river where one of the suspects described dumping the bodies has indeed been confirmed as that of Rodney Saunders:

This news comes as I prepare a post on seed germination and have been taking photos of the first seedlings to emerge from my last batch of seeds from Rod and Rachel. Needless to say I now feel a great responsibility to ensure these plants thrive.


assorted Protea species ex Silverhill seeds





  1. This is horrible news! I kept thinking about them these last weeks and so much hoped for a different outcome.
    Wishing you strength and the best of luck with these seeds, Darren! Hugs! ❤

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  2. What a world we live in. I am so sorry that you have lost such a special couple in your life. When we are passionate about something and share that passion with others there is a true bond, no matter how far away they may be. It sounds like you had that type of relationship with Rod and Rachel. Sending uplifting hugs. 🤗

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    1. Indeed and thank you. They were part of what will almost certainly be the last generation of great plant hunters. In recent years we have lost several. The loss of the knowledge these people had makes me as sad as anything.

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        1. I’m not sure Linda. Their core business was wild material, for which they were allowed a very rare privilege of permits from the nature conservation authorities due to their sustainable work practices and conservation support.

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  3. I am so sad for this news Darren, I know you are devastated. The world can be such a cruel place and I’m glad you can bring some beauty and life out of it with the seeds. Hugs to you dear friend.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂 The last few weeks have been very, very hard, funny you should ask, but when I read what you’re dear friends suffered I realize things could always be so much worse….I will look for the good and aim for thankfulness, thanks!

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          1. Thank you for the hug! Working on a post now, reviewing nature pictures is always good for the mood and dear friends like you. Have a beautiful day there in the UK!


  4. I remember reading your earlier post regarding this. I’m so sorry it’s ended in such tragedy. I know in a more recent blog post you’ve written you’re well, I hope that still stands. 💕

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