The Cape West Coast Flower Report 25 July 2013 << go back


posted on 26 July 2013

MATZIKAMA AREA

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:       

Vanrhynsdorp

Urionskraal pad,Gifberg en Kobee pad,Waterval

Koekenaap, Bitterfontein area

Op die grondpad na Landplaas en die plaas Koeelfontein,

Klawer & Vredendal

Tussen Klawer en Vredendal(R362) en dan die R363.

Lutzville, Doringbaai en Strandfontein

Op die R362 vanaf Lutzville na Doringbaai.

Strandfontein omgewing en die roete na die cliffs op Strandfontein.

In an hour and a half walk from 11am to 12.30 pm. You can leave your car by the Strandfontein Saal and see it all. Follow the telephone polls that are marked by a hiker down through Die Hel and up the other side on the road; or the footpath that veers to the middle up the stony face. Up on the hill take the dirt road to the right. There are bushman graves amidst flowers, and 25 m on the Fryers Cove eco Garden and Wandering Whale Labyrinth. The whales are here and soon to calf.

 

OR the road between Strandfontein and Doringbaai as you come up the dip to the right is a gate that is signposted. Turn off and leave your car and walk directly to the sea. Take the split to the right and keep walking to the sea.

At the Garden follow the footpaths along the coast and be in awe of the rich colours and smells that surround you. There are at least 20 different species of Flora to identify. Come and Find Yourself on the Matzikama stretch of Coast.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                    

Gousblomme,Bokhorings, haarbos,geldjiebos, pers vygie bosse,gazanias,geel perdebosse,daisies, noordkykers en verskeidenheid vetplantspesies,botterblomme,pers sporries.

Spring is in the Air and the veld alive with Life. From purple vygies to yellow daisy bushes and bright orange gazanias, with white flowers and bright lemon colours of bottorbome. The wild pelagonias of rich velvet reds and fuchsia pinks are in bloom!!

The meerkats and tortoises are out for a stroll and also the odd "skaap steeker slang " and puff adder.

The Sacred Ibis, kestrels and Egyptian Geese are chattering all the different "brown jobs" are tweeting, wagtails and bokmakieries and muisvoels eating, the bushbuck have just had babies, and the bees are in heaven.

 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

FLOWER SHOWS:                Name: Succulent Show

                                                Venue: Succulent Nursery

                                    Time: 08:00 till 17:00 (open during lunch)

                                                Admission: R10.00 per person

 

 

 Photos taken at Waterval, Vanrhynsdorp

 

CEDERBERG AREA

 

CLANWILLIAM

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERSN7 both north and south (Fields/Plenty), Ramskop Nature Garden (Plenty), Biedouw Valley (Patches), Ou Kaapse Weg (Plenty), R364 towards Lambertsbaai (Plenty & Patches), Vrede Oord cemetery (Fields)

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                    

Bokbaaivygie, Elandsvy, Vygiebos, Ridderspoor, Pietsnotjies, Hongerblom, Haarbos, Wit-soe, Gousblom, Bottergousblom, Daisies         

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

FLOWER SHOWS:

          Name: Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show

          Date & Time: 29 August till 8 September, daily from 09:00 till 18:00

          Venue: Old Dutch Reformed Church (Flower Church)

          Admission: R30 per adult, R25 per pensioner, R5 per child

          Contact detail: cederberg@lando.co.za or 027 482 2024

 

Ramskop Nature Garden

Admission: R20 per adult, R14.50 per pensioner, R7.20 per child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BERGRIVIER AREA

 

VELDDRIF

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:

Between Velddrif & Vredenburg along the road. In town, Stephan str, Laaiplek.

Aurora:

all around the village , on plots and sidewalks and lots of white daisies on the sides of roads approaching the village.

Dwarskersbos in Main road

           

TYPE OF FLOWERS:

Geel surings, wit reënblomme, oranje daisies, white daisies,       

 

 

     

SALDANHA AREA

                         

HOPEFIELD

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: 

In town on vacant plots

Next to Soutriver in town

On road to Langebaanweg (R45)

1st 25km from Hopefield to Velddrif on the

roadside(R234) Drive carefully road full of potholes

Next to roadside from Bloemendal farm to R27,

Plaasmol (R45) 5km outside Hopefield

Gravel road between Langebaanweg and Cloeteskraal

Next to the road at the entrance of the farm Sandvlei

Road between R45 and Moorreesburg (R311)

On the farm Bontheuwel next to R45

Still few flowers with patches of white daisies

 

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:      

Wit Reënblommetjies (Daisies), Oranje Gousblom, Arum Lilly (Varkblom), Surings, Nylandtia Scoparia - Duinebessie (Persbosse), Nylandtia Spinosa - Skilpadbessie, Bietoubos, Geel en Pers Hongerblom, Veldkool, Suikerkanne, Blombos, Babiana ringens (Rotstert), Restios/Riete, Weeskinders, Drumsticks,

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:     Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few  

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

FLOWER SHOWS:

            Name:                               Hopefield Fynbos Show

            Date & Time:                      29 August to 1 September 2013

                                                09h00-17h00 (Beergarden open till 22h00)

          Venue:                              Hopefield Sportgrounds, Ou Koperfonteinway Hopefield

          Admission:                      R20 Adults, R15 Seniors, R5 Children under 12

            Contact detail:                Fiona Kotze 022 783 0856

                                                Lizelle Strydom 022 723 1720 / 073 187 6764 1720 / 073 187 6764

 

LANGEBAAN

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS   :Langebaan Gate to Seeberg Hide

Type of Flowers                : Yellow Suring,

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS    :Road Langebaan Gate to Geelbek:                    

Type of Flowers          :     Kaopkbossie(White Flower),Bobbejaankool (Yellow flower)        

                                       Strand Sallie(Brown Flower),Harpuisbos/Euryops(Yellow    

                                        Flower),Restio/Riet(Brown Flower),Blombos(White Flower),

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road to Geelbek and Kraalbaai

Type of Flowers              :Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete),Strand Salie(Brown Flower),

                                      Rooi Naeltjie,Truitjie(Red Flower).

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Myburgh Park, Oliphantskop

Type of Flowers        :       Suring/Sorrel(Yelllow&Pink),Reenblommetjies (White & Orange),

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road between Langebaan & Saldanha

Type of Flowers        :      Reenblommetjies (White)                                                            

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Oostewal & Sunbird Drive

Type of Flowers        :      Reenblommetjies (White)        

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS   : Langebaan Town / Langebaan Country Estate

Type of Flowers             : Reenblommetjies (White), Geelhongerblomme 

                                       : Gousblommetjies, Blue Flax/ Sporrie

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS    :Road Langebaan Gate to Geelbek:                    

Type of Flowers          :     Kaopkbossie(White Flower),Bobbejaankool (Yellow flower)         

                                     Strand Sallie(Brown Flower),Harpuisbos/Euryops(Yellow    

                                     Flower),Restio/Riet(Brown Flower),Blombos(White Flower),

                                     Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete).

 

 

      HOW MANY FLOWERS:    Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

 

WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK: POSTBERG IS OPENING 1 AUGUST – 30 SEPTEMBER for flower season!!

                         

 

PATERNOSTER

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:       Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

TYPE OF FLOWERS:      Various other typs Mesembryanthemaceae
Reenblommetjie, Kattekruid, Pietsnot,Koggelmandervoet, Suring / Sorrel,  rooi Malva, klein Steenbokbos, Bokmaellie, Bobbejaantou,strand Salie, Namaqua Kool, Bietou, Spekbos, Sjielingbos,
Cape weed, Romulea barkerae – Paternoster froetang (endemic to limestone ridges in area)
Candles / Kersies (parasite), Goue Sterretjie,Steek Groenbasbossie, Varkblom / Arum,Groen Agretjie
Piempiempie, Poproos

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Patches / Few of some plenty of others
Walk to see flowers, don't drive as some are only 3mm big!

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Pelgrumsrust (On the road between Paternoster & Vredenburg)

TYPE OF FLOWERS: Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)

Carpobrotus edulis (Suurvy)

Arctotheca calendula (Seepampoen)

Arctotis hirsuta (Gousblom)

Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie)

Foveolina Tenella (Veld Cineraria)

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS: Field/ Plenty/ Patches/ Few

 

 

VREDENBURG

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: R45 and the exits to Paternoster, Saldanha and Velddrif

TYPE OF FLOWERS: Gousblomme (Orange & Yellow), White Rain Daisy, A few Arum Lillies, Sierangs

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Field / Plenty / Patches / Few

 


ST HELENA BAY

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:   On road into St Helena Bay, after the Apostolic Church, mostly left hand side of the road.  Near Elm Tree Guest House, other vacant land 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:            geelsuring (oxalis pes-caprae) plenty, gifbossie, bietou, reenblommetjies

HOW MANY FLOWERS:       Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Da Gama Monument, Stompneus Baai

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                 geelsuring, gifbossie, bietou, gousblom, steenbokbos, Namakwa kool, pietsnot, poproos, oscularia, reenblommetjies

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Shelley Point (sea side of Oystercatcher Lodge and apartments)

                                          On vacant land throughout the development

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                 geelsuring, gifbossie, bietou, pietsnot, kattekruie, sandviooltjie

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        BRITANNICA HEIGHTS

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Struthiola leptanta (jakkalsgare)/Chrysanthemoides monilifera (bietou)/

                                                Eriocephalus africanus (kapokbossie) – in patches

                                                The below are not overly visible from the road:

                                                Trachyandra muricata (rolbos Kool) – many putting out flower stalks/not many flowering yet

                                                Hermmannia scabra (gewone Poproos) – patches

                                                Rafnia angulate (soet Houtbossie) – few / according to book should only flower Sept to Dec

                                                Indigofera procumbens (Lewertjie) – very few/not visible from road

                                                Romulea elliptica (Vredenburg froetang) – very few/not visible from road

                                                White gousblomme – few patches are starting to become visible

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

 

SWARTLAND AREA

 

DARLING         Darling has had good cold weather and good moisture in the ground.

The  prediction is that the bulbs should be stunning this year. The current  sunshine and how long it continues will determine whether our season will be early or later.

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:       

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Flora is just starting to stick its nose out – lots of leaves and signs of what’s to come, but nothing much to write about yet.

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

FLOWER SHOWS:

 

          Name:                            Darling Presbyterian Flower Ministry

          Date & Time:                 Friday 02 – Sunday 04 August

                                           10h00 – 5pm daily

          Venue:                           Darling Presbyterian Church, Pastorie Street

          Admission:                     Entrance Free

          Contact detail:                Rev Ian Bernhardi 084 441 3091

 

          Name:                        96th Annual Darling Wildflower Show  

          Date & Time:                 20th, 21st and 22nd September 2013

                                           9am - 5pm

          Venue:                           Darling Sports Club

          Admission:                     Adults                         R30

                                                Children (under 18)     R20

                                                Children (under 13)     free

                                                Pensioners (Friday only) R20

          Contact detail:              084 916 1111 darlingwfs@telkomsa.net                                                                                      www.darlingwildflowers.co.za

 

          Name:                            2013 Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Fair

          Date & Time:                   20 - 22 September 2013

                                              9 am – 5pm

          Venue:                           Duckitt Nurseries, Darling (follow banners)

          Admission:                     R20 Adults, R10 Seniors (Fri only) R10 scholars

          Contact detail:                 022 492 2606 or www.duckittnurseries.com

 

YZERFONTEIN        

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: The Schaap Island walking trail is currently the best place to view flowers as the majority of the fields are still very green. Vygies can be found between the rocks on the trail, a variety of Vygies can be seen. Best time to see the Vygies are on a sunny day. Please take care for any wet patches on the trail.   

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Red Lanchenalias (Klip Vooitjies) 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few      

                                                 

 

The next flower walk will take place on the 24th of July at the Groenkloof reserve outside Darling. Local Yzerfontein resident Libbes Loubser will be conducting these walks. To enquire more about these walks please contact Libbes at 022 451 2504.

 

 

 

 

NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

 

 

Hi all

 

Rainfall, Skilpad section, Namaqua National Park:

 

March 2013: 38.09mm (most of it on 29-31 March)

April 2013: 46.74mm

May 2013: 12.69mm

June 2013: 76.71mm

July 2013: 19.81mm (to date)

 

We had very early, good rains in March and April, and then a hot dry spell in May. It seems as if the flowers are earlier than normal for Skilpad and some sections of the park. The Skilpad area in particular already almost looks like peak season. Here the Orange daisies (Ursinia sp.) are now the dominant species. There are patches of blue and white Sporrie (Heliophila sp) in between the orange daisies. The first Cattails (Bulbinella latifolia) have also started to bloom.

 

The Soebatsfontein area of the park is very good. The road from Skilpad to Soebatsfontein is also worthwhile (for high ground clearance vehicles only). The Caracal Eco-trial (4x4 only) is already worth the drive. If you have a 4x4 vehicle the coastal section from the Spoeg river to the Groen river is, as usual, good for a variety of species and colors (see photos).

 

Further afield the road from Garies to Groen river, as well as the road from Garies to Hondeklip bay around the Wallekraal area have very nice carpets of Beetle daisies (Gorteria diffusa). Springbok and surrounds have some beautiful patches, and the town of Kamieskroon is worth a visit on its own.

 

The road to Skilpad from Kamieskroon is currently being graded – thank you to the roads department.

 

Please note that I can only speak with authority on the National park and close surrounds, but there are reports of good flowers in some other areas of Namaqua.

 

Kind regards

 

 

BERNARD VAN LENTE

PARK MANAGER: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS

 

PO BOX 117

KAMIESKROON

8241

TEL: +27 (0)27 672 1948

FAX: +27 (0)27 672 1015

 

VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.sanparks.org