The Cape West Coast Flower Report 8 August 2013 << go back


posted on 08 August 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.

Reënval vir Strandfontein 2013

Januarie: 0mm

Februarie: 10mm

Maart: 17mm

April: 20mm

Mei: 11mm

Junie: 67mm

Julie: 28mm   Fantastiese syfers tot dusvêr – ‘n spog blomjaar!

 

Die Spinnekop  blommetjies (Ferraria ferrariola) is dié jaar ekstra volop.

 

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

                                                Harpuisbosse, sandviooltjies en skilpadbosse.

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

Photo taken at Waterval, Vanrhynsdorp

 

 

Photos taken at Strandfontein (skaapbosse, spinnekopblom, kappie blommetjie, sandlaagte rivier klofie by Strandfontein).

 

KNERSVLAKTE

(southern part of Namaqualand – from Bitterfontein southwards to just south of Klawer – main center north & northwest of Vanrhynsdorp)

 

Unlike the rest of Namaqualand this area is not famous for its daisies and other annuals, but for the hundreds of succulent and vygie species found in the quartzfields and surrounding vygieveld.  Flowering from early autumn through to spring, these miniatures and creepers are best appreciated on foot.

 

Exceptionally good rains during autumn and early winter, makes for a particularly good succulent season this year.

 

 

 

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERING SUCCULENTS & VYGIES:

North and northwest of Vanrhynsdorp flowering vygies visible from the N7 – unfortunately few privately owned land allows access to quartzfields and vygieveld where flowering succulents can be viewed.  Best known locations with access to succulent quartsfields are Quaggaskop Farm (enquire at the farm office of the KNERSVLAKTE SPENS next to the N7) and Ratelgat (phone Jan Josephs 079 432 5399 for a prior booking)   

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS/ VYGIES AND SUCCULENTS IN BLOOM: 

Hongerblom, Perdeblom, Skaapvygie,  Perdevygie, Kussingvygie, Muisvygie, Geelvingerkanna, Geel & Pienk rankvygie, Krapogie, Bobbejaanvinger, Koesnaatjie, Sentkannetjie       

 

 

 

 

FLOWER / VYGIE & SUCCULENT HIKING TRAILS:

Name:                          Jan Smuts Succulent Hiking Trail at Quaggaskop Farm - gives visitors access to a particularly specie rich part of the farm where hikers are allowed to explore the succulent rich quartz fields and adjacent vygieveld

Location:                      27 km north of Vanrhynsdorp just off the N7 – follow signage to the farm shop KNERSVLAKTE SPENS at Quaggaskop Farm

Admission:                  visitors are welcome throughout the week from 09h00 to 17h00. Fee of R30 per person charged, which includes a Knersvlakte Succulent ID Guide 

Contact details:            bwc.wiese@gmail.com or contact Buys Wiese 082 829 8669 / Christine Visser 076 391 4700 

 

Name:                   Ratelgat Hiking Trail

Location:               32km north of Vanrhynsdorp just off the N7

Admission:           by prior arrangement only

Contact details:     Phone Jan Josephs at 079 432 5399 for trail bookings

 

 

CEDERBERG AREA

 

CLANWILLIAM

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERSN7 both north and south (Fields/Plenty), Ramskop Nature Garden (Plenty), Biedouw Valley (Plenty), Ou Kaapse Weg (Plenty)       , R364 towards Lambertsbaai (Plenty & Patches), Vrede Oord cemetery (Fields), Khoisan Kitchen on the R364 towards Wupperthal (plenty) go ask them for directions to the best flowers, while on that road you can carry on over Nardouwsberg (gravel) back to Clanwilliam, there is also plenty of flowers on that route.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Bokbaaivygie, Elandsvy, Vygiebos, Ridderspoor, Pietsnotjies, Hongerblom, Haarbos, Wit-soe, Gousblom, Bottergousblom, Daisies, sporrie         

 

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

 

 

Picture taken on 4 August at Biedouw Valley

 

Pictures taken on 31 July near Khoisan Kitchen

 

 

Pictures taken on 22 July at Vrede Oord Cemetary

 

CITRUSDAL

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERSN7 towards Clanwilliam, Hexrivier road towards Algeria, Cederberg Cotagges at Algeria turn off 022 921 3209, Marcuskraal road, The Baths road, Bo-rivier road, R303 towards Op die berg, from Vlakrug to Boschkloof farm 022 921 3533.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                         Namakwa daisies, white daisies,  Harpius, Skilpadbessiebos, Vark blomme, Bolplante  

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BERGRIVIER AREA

 

VELDDRIF

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:

Between Velddrif & Vredenburg along the road. In town, empty plots

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 and along beach

AIF Grounds, next ot Pelican Harbour and at the back of Municipality. On your way to Port Owen. Bergrivier gholfclub

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:

Geel surings, wit reënblomme, oranje daisies, white daisies, geel kruip vygie, strandvygie,  slaaibos, slangbos , vygiebosse, (pienk) wit madeliefies, rooi viooltjies, biedoubosse (goudgeel) , hanekam, bobbejaankool, ossiebossie, kamille, duikerwortel.       

 

 

     

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 fields of white daisies

TYPE OF FLOWERS:

Wit Reënblommetjies (Daisies), Oranje Gousblomme, 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, Camel, Ligte blou Sandpypie in rietpolle, Duikerwortel

 

 

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

 

 

LANGEBAAN

 

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  :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

 

 

      HOW MANY FLOWERS:         Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS   :Langebaan Gate to Seeberg Hide

Type of Flowers         :Orange gousblom, Yellow Suring, Skilpad Tebossie(Yellow),

                                    Sukkelbossie(Whtie Flower),Bobbejaankool(Yellow Flower),

                                    Spinnekopblom Stems, Hongerblom(Yellow & Pink).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:       Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS   : Langebaan Town / Langebaan Country Estate

Type of Flowers             : Reenblommetjies (White), Geelhongerblomme 

                                       : Gousblommetjies, Blue Flax/ Sporrie (Blue Flowe

HOW MANY FLOWERS:       Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

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

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road to Geelbek and Kraalbaai

Type of Flowers              :Bietou(Yellow Flower),Blombos(White Flower),

                                        Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete),Strand Salie(Brown Flower),

                                       Rooi Naeltjie,Truitjie(Red Flower).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:       Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Myburgh Park, Oliphantskop

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

                                       Eendekos(Yellow button flower),Blouflaks.                                              

HOW MANY FLOWERS:       Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road between Langebaan & Saldanha

Type of Flowers             : Reenblommetjies (White)                                                           

 

      HOW MANY FLOWERS:         Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  : Kraalbaai to Tjaarbank

Type of Flowers                : All the above shrubs.Helder Kuip Vygie(Yellow Flower)

                                         Vygiebos(Bright Purple),Ice Plant,Suring/Sorrel(Yellow &Pink)

 

      HOW MANY FLOWERS:         Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Postberg Gate Left to Plankiesbaai

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

                                 : Eendekos(Yellow button flower),Vygiebos(Bright Purple)

                                 :  Pronk Tulp/Tulip(Pink),Petsnot(Yellow Flower).

                                 :  Bobbejaantjies, Bont viooltjies, Bloukappie, Rotstert, Varklelie,                                                       : Naeltjiesblom, Lobelia, Vygies, Bloubekkie, Vygie bosse,    

                                 : Pietsnot, Bietou, Rooi Salie, Spinnekopblom,  Elandsvy,

                                 : Reenblommetjie, Slang Tamarak,  Bobbejaankool, Bloupypie,

                                 : Lewertjies, Sterretjie, wit daisies, Froetang, Pers Hongerblom,         

                                 :  Bokbaai Vygie,Veldkool, Kapokbossie,

 

      HOW MANY FLOWERS:         Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK: POSTBERG IS OPEN!!! TEL:- 022 772 2144

Entrance fees: R48– South African Citizens, Kids Half Price / R96– International Tourist per person

 

PATERNOSTER

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:       Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

TYPE OF FLOWERS:       Some flowers are green, some brown, some only 3mm others larger.

Be on foot to see flowers. "Don't drive it - Walk It!". Pay closer attention - you won't be disappointed

Ballota africana – Kattekruid,Tetragonia fruticosa – Kinkelbossie,Carpobrutus – Sour Fig/Suurvy

Hemimeris sabulosa – Geelgesiggie, Trachyandra – Veldkool, Gazania – Gousblom, Cineraria - Daisy Family

Osteospermum moniliferum - (Daisy Family) Cotula - Buttons/Knoppies Salvia lanceolata - Rooisalie Salvia africana-lutea - Bruinsalie/Strandsalie Cysticapnos vesicaria - Klappertjies Freesia viridis - Groenagretjie Melaspherula ramosa - Fairy Bells Euphorbia burmannii - Steenbokmelkbos/Soetmelkbos Roepera morgsana - Slymbos Roepera flexuosa - Maarbos Pelargonium fulgidum - Rooimalva Cynanchum africanum - Bobbejaantou Microloma sagittatum - Bokhorinkies Oxalis - Suring/Sorrel Lycium tetrandum -  Boksdoring Nemesia - Leeubekkies Lycium ferocissimum - Slanbessie Cheiridopsis rostrata Spiloxene ovata - Goue Sterretjie Romulea barkerae - Paternoster Froetang Dimorphotheca pluvialis – Reenblommetjie Dorotheanthus bellidiformis – Bokbaai Vygie Limeum africanum - Koggelmandervoet Anagallis  arvensis – Blouselblommetjie or scarlet pimpernel (alien) Nemesia (old: versicolor) – bont Leeubekkie / Weeskindertjies Thesium spinosum – steek Groenbasbossie Hermannia - Doll's Rose/Poprosies Indigofera procumbens – Lewertjie

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

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Bekbaai Area 

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                       Dimorphotheca Pluvialus (White rain Daisy)

                                                Foveolina Tenella (Veld Cineraria)

                                                Oxalis Compressa (baster Suring)

 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:                 Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Visvanger Street on an open field

 

 

TYPE OF LOWERS:              Dimorphotheca Pluvialus(White rain daisy)

                                                Foveolina Tenella(Veld Cineraria) 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:                 Fields/ 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, Surings

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Field / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

ST HELENA BAY

 

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

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Geelsuring (Oxalis pes-caprae) plenty

Gifbossie (Senecio burchellii)

Bietou (Osteospermum moniliferum)

Poproos (Hermannia scabra)

Reënblommetjies (Dimorphotheca pluvialis)

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        ON ROAD TO STOMPNEUSBAAI, SIDE OF ROAD 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Geelsuring (Oxalis pes-caprae) plenty

Gifbossie (Senecio burchellii)

Bietou (Osteospermum moniliferum)

Poproos (Hermannia scabra)

Reënblommetjies (dimorphotheca pluvialis)

Kankerbos (Lessertia frutescens) few

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 (oxalis pes caprae)

Gifbossie (senecio burchellii)

Bietou (osteospermum moniliferum)

Reënblommetjies (dimorphotheca pluvialis)

Poproos (hermannia scabra)

Gousblom (arctotis hirsuta, possibly acaulis)

Steenbokbos (euphorbia burmannii)

Vingerpol (euphorbia caput-medusae)

Namakwa kool (trachyandra falcata)

Pietsnot ? (grielum humifusum/grandiflorum)

Sandsteenvygie (oscularia)

Blou viooltjie (lachenalia namakwensis?) patches

Malva (pelagonium species, not sure which)

Mini drumsticks (zaluzianskya parviflora)

Nemesia affinis (bont leeubekkie)

 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        HILLS BEHIND STOMPNEUS VILLAGE

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Geelsuring, Gifbossie, Reënblommetjies

                                                 

 

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, and on road to Oystercatcher Lodge)

                                                Between new entrance gate and hotel, and

on vacant land throughout the development

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Geelsuring, Gifbossie, Bietou, Duikerwortel, Sandviooltjie

                                                Kattekruie (Ballota Africana)

Duine vingertjies (Manulea tomentosa)

Lazy daisy/wild chamomile(Foveolina tenella)

Slaaibos (Roepera morgsana)

Katnaels (Hyobanche sanguinea)

Drumsticks (Zaluzianskya villosa)

 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        BRITANNIA BAY (walk round rocky point to the west of the slipway)

                                               

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Geelsuring, Gifbossie, Bietou, Duikerwortel, Kattekruie

                                                Katnaels (Hyobanche sanguinea)

                                                Strandvygie (Jordaaniella dubia)

                                               

 

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) – in patches

                                                Eriocephalus africanus (kapokbossie) – in patches

                                                Trachyandra muricata (rolbos Kool) – several flowering / some coming end

                                                Trachyandra falcate (Namakwa Kool) – in patches / mainly on eastern side of hill

                                                Chlorophytum triflorum (Gifkool) - few

                                                Hermmannia scabra (gewone Poproos) – patches

                                                Rafnia angulate (soet Houtbossie) – few

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

                                                Romulea elliptica (Vredenburg froetang) – in patches /not visible from road

                                                White gousblomme – patches

                                                Salvia africanan-coerulea (bloublom salie) – few

                                                Microloma sagittatum (Bokmaellie) – very few

                                                Lachenalia pallida (bleek Viooltjie) – patches appearing / not visble from road

                                                Sparaxis bulbifera (Botterblom)  - few / not visible from road

                                                Lampranthus vredenburgenis (Vredenburg kruip vygie) I think – patches

                                                Carpobrotus acinaciformis (Elandsvy) – patches flowering in domestic gardens

                                                Chlorophytum triflorum (Gifkool) – I think – few

                                                Oxalis obtusa (geeloog Suring) – patches / not visible from road

 

 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:                 Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

 

SALDANHA

 

Location of flowers: SAS Nature Reserve

 

Type of flowers: Gousblomme(White & Yellow), Elandsvye, Piempiempies,

 

How many flowers: Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

Location of flowers: Between Môresonkop and Malgaskop

 

Type of flowers: Bokbaaivygies, Reëndaisies(White)

 

How many flowers: Fileds / Plenty/ Patches / Few

 

Use entrance at Military Academy

      (Please contact a week before visit SAS Nature Reserve : 082 320 0549)

 

 

SWARTLAND AREA

 

DARLING                                    

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Darling Renosterveld Reserve (At top of village behind                                                  the Darling Primary School);  

                                                Also a bit of life starting along the roadside reserves.                                                                                                 

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Darling Renosterveld Reserve: This reserve is now worth a visit. Gladiolus gracilis (blou pypie) is out in profusion in newly cleared area There are also all sorts of daisy types of flowers starting to show.

 

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      

                                               

 

 

 

 

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: 30.99mm

 

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. It is very difficult to predict how the season will actually turn out towards September, but hopefully with more rains it could last a while.

 

Skilpad is looking spectacular. Orange daisies (Ursinia sp.) are now the dominant species. Pietsnot (Grielum homifusum) and Varkiesknol (Herria elongata) are also more visible. The first Cattails (Bulbinella latifolia) have also started to bloom.

 

For the rest of the park the Caracal Eco-trial (4x4 only) will give a good view of the diversity on show.

 

If you have a 4x4 vehicle the coastal section from the Spoeg river to the Groen river is really a must-see at present. We expect the coastal flowers to last quite a while.

 

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).

 

The road to Skilpad from Kamieskroon has been graded.

 

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. I have noticed some very good patches in Springbok, Okiep and surrounds. Virtually every house in Kamieskroon is surrounded by flowers.

 

Kind regards

 

 

BERNARD VAN LENTE

PARK MANAGER: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS

 

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KAMIESKROON

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