WEST COAST FLOWER REPORT - 2013 (Updated 19/08/2013) << go back


posted on 20 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.

 

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

 

Flower Route on Maskam Guest Farm

 

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

 

 

 

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:

The empty plots in town. Voortrekker rd towards Piketberg. Voortekker rd towards Laaiplek. On road (R399) from Velddrif to Piketberg. Rd from Velddrif to Vredenburg

On your way to and at the Bergrivier Gholfclub.

Aurora:

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

Dwarskersbos in Main road and along beach. Past Dwarskersbos on the coastal rd towards Elandsbay.

           

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, suurvye, kruipvygie, soetgousblom

 

     

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

Open week 9-13 September FREE entry  for South African Citizens (Bring ID Book

 

 

PATERNOSTER

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

TYPE OF FLOWERS -                    Important Note:

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 Melaspherula ramosa - Fairy Bells Euphorbia burmannii - Steenbokmelkbos/Soetmelkbos Roepera flexuosa - Maarbos Pelargonium fulgidum - Rooimalva Cynanchum africanum - Bobbejaantou Microloma sagittatum - Bokhorinkies Oxalis - Suring/Sorrel Lycium tetrandum -  Boksdoring Nemesia - Leeubekkies Cheiridopsis rostrata Spiloxene ovata - Goue Sterretjie 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:

Varies in flower types from PLENTY to PATCHES to FEW.

Overall PLENTY yellow, white and pink while driving.

While walking slooooowwwwly with the intention to observe and SEE - much ill be seen.

 

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, vacant land in the village. Hills behind the village well covered after a week of rain

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                    

Geelsuring (Oxalis pes-caprae) plenty

Gifbossie (Senecio burchellii) plenty

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) plenty

Bietou (Osteospermum moniliferum)

Poproos (Hermannia scabra)

Also Hermannia trifurca

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)

Reënblommetjies (Dimorphotheca pluvialis)

Poproos (Hermannia scabra)

Hermannia trifurca

Gousblom (Arctotis hirsuta, possibly acaulis)

Steenbokbos (Euphorbia burmannii)

Namakwa kool (Trachyandra falcata)

Pietsnot (Grielum humifusum)

Sandsteenvygie (Oscularia)

Pers viooltjie (Lachenalia pallida) patches

Malva (pelargonium species, not sure which)

Mini drumsticks (Zaluzianskya parviflora)

Bont leeubekkie (Nemesia affinis)

Bobbejaanboek (Massonia depressa)

 

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, Gousblom (few)

                                                 

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)

Drumsticks (Zaluzianskya villosa) few

Capnophyllum africanum

 

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

                                                Strandvygie (Jordaaniella dubia)

                                                Cape Gorse (Aspalathus)

                                               

 

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:                    

Swathes of white, yellow and purple flowers these being

  • White gousblomme
  • Yellow (what I think is) gifbossies (Senecio burchellii)
  • Purple bos vygie (Ruschia macowanii)

 

There are still a few here and there on the hill of:

  • Bietou (Chrysanthemoides monilfera)
  • Kapokbossies (Eriocephalus africanus)
  • Rolbos Kool (Trachyandra muricata)
  • Namakwa Kool (Trachyandra falcate)
  • Gewone poproos (Hermmannia scabra)
  • Soet houtbossie (Rafnia angulate)

 

For these you will need to get out of your cars and do a bit of foraging:

  • Lewertjie (Indigofera procumbens)
  • Vredenburg froetang (Romulea elliptica)
  • Bokmaellie (Microloma sagittatum)
  • Various viooltjies
  • Botterblom (Sparaxis bulbifera)
  • Geeloog suring (Oxalis obtuse)
  • Geel kwassie (Bulbine annua)
  • Klein kattekruie (Stachys aethiopica)
  • Blou bekkie (Nemesia barbata - purple)
  • Ganskos (Cotula turbinate – yellow)
  • The Elandsvy (Carpobrotus acinaciformis) are still flowering in domestic gardens

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

SALDANHA

 

SAS SALDANHA NATURE RESERVE           

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS AND HOW MANY AS WELL AS THE  LOCATION OF FLOWERS :      

GOUSBLOM            -  Fields  - Between Malgaskop and Moresonkop

SURING                 -  Patches  - Lots of them next to the dirts roads

VYGIES                -  Patches – Behind farmhouse area also next to the road on the sea side to the lighthouse as well as in the lighthouse area.

SPINNEKOPBLOM    -  Few  -  On the Dunes at Kampklossie and also along the dirt road next to the dunes. Some must still flower.

PIEMPIEMPIE         -  Patches  On Baviaanskop and also in the rock area next to the                       farmhouse.  Also on the sea side of malgaskop on the dirt road about 500m after the entrance at the Northbay gate (close to the 2nd world war buildings.        

    PIENK FROETANG   - Few - Next to the dirt road at Malgaskop entering from the                                                    Academy Gate. 

    SALDANHA PYPIE   - Few   Next to road from Farmhouse to Kampklossie as well as                                              next to the dirt road behind dunes to the shooting range.

WILDE MALVA        - Patches – Next to the road on the way to Skulpgate

 

 

JACOBSBAAI

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS

Reenblommetjies:

Geelsuring

Bietou

Bruinsalie

Soet gousblom

Oranje gousblom

Osierrapuis

Soetkopdikblaar

Grootdikblaar

Berggousblom

Strandhongerblomme

Elandsvy

Geelsandvygie

 

40 mm reen gehad en veld sal pragtig wees tot einde Aug

                                                           

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

SWARTLAND AREA

 

DARLING                                    

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:       

Darling Renosterveld Reserve (Access at top of village behind the Darling Primary School or lower down gate in Langfontein street) This reseserve has been cut around the                                      edges and one can more easily view what is growing.                                                               Although visitors can enter the reserve and continue uphill if                                                          they so wish, the lower slopes are more interesting: on                                                        entering the reserve turn right and continue downhill, walk into the bush a bit deeperand follow the reserve down to the bottom – the beautiful white Spiloxene will soon be found                                 among the bushes;also on the plot just below this reserve on Petunia Street

                                               

Darling Groenekloof Reserve (R315 alongside the SPCA                                                           premises) Park at the SPCA and enter through the small gate on the road;

Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein);

This reserve although quite good on a sunny day is currently very wet/flooded in parts.

                                                                               

Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road through reserve (R307 Darling – Mamre – in front of Duckitt Nursery);Visitors must please take care not to drive off the                                            road as they may get  stuck. No buses.

                                                                               

Along the roadside reserves R307 from Mamre                                                                         

 

Groote Post wine farm on Darling Hills Road – besides                                                    winetasting/restaurant vistors can also walk in the veld to view the wildflowers

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                    

Darling Renosterveld Reserve:  Yellow Moraea tricolour; plenty of purple Babiana; Sparaxis; los of Hesperantha; blue Babiana Melanops around the reservoirs; magenta Romulea. Gladiolus gracilis (blou pypie) is going over. There are also all sorts of daisy types of flowers starting to show.       Wachendorfia on the way, as is the pink ixia scillaris.

                                               

Plot below Renosterveld: Hesperanta, Oxalis,  Gousblom, Acrosanthes, Spiloxene (yellow one), Indigofera, Arums, Vygies, Lachenalia, Trachyandra, Muraltia, Homeria flaccida, Rain Daisies, Microloma, Hermannia, the first Ixia Scillaris (pink) plus Laperousia, yellow Lotononis,  and magenta Romulea –Gladious gracilus seem to have gone over, Euphorbia burmanii are coming along – plus a couple of tortoises probably enjoying a feast. Also first Moraea tripetala

                                               

Darling Groenekloof Reserve: masses of lachenalia along the roadside fence; also lovely display of struthiola

 

Other plants spotted: Cotula (yellow buttons and white),oxalis; Dimorphotheca pluvialis (rain daisies); gousblom;bright magenta Aizoon (spekvygie) covering the floor of the                             veld; spiloxene capensis, Hermannia (poproos); asparagus                                                    Capensis; Moraea galaxia; vygies and ruschia; yellow                                                            tetragonia; Homeria (Moraea); Chlorophytum; indigofera;                                                      Lampranthus filicaulus (vygie) Pelargonium rapace;                                                               Eriocephalus flowering and in its woolly state; Muraltia –                                                      beautiful magenta colour and an endangered species; Microloma Drosera

 

Leaves:  Haemanthus, Brunsvigia, Asteracae aplenty, Ferreria                                                crispa, Wachendorfia – lots, Babiana, Chinks (Orthinagalum),and many more thus plenty flora on the way.

 

Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve is looking good. Blue flax blooming; Look out for the rysblommetjies flowering in the dam on your way out.

 

Groote Post: white rain daisies; orange gousblomme; bloupypies; pink oxalis and much more coming along nicely.

 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

FLOWER SHOWS:

 

          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

 

 

Wildflower Meander –

Darling Flora group takes walks in the reserves in and around Darling & Yzerfontein on the first Wednesday and last Thursday of each month. For more detailsMaggie 022 492 2855

The group explore the reserves for whatever is flowering that day, also to find anything new and to discuss anything botanical. These are gentle walks so anyone is welcome to join.

 

YZERFONTEIN        

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:

With all the rain Yzerfontein has had it is a sure bet    we will have fantastic flowers when the wet weather finally clears. Arum lilies can be seen on the R315 as   head to Yzerfontein. “Gousblomme” can also be seen flowering throughout the town next to roads and in the gardens of some of our residents.    

 

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 warm day as flowers open at a warmer temperature.       

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Red Lanchenalias (Klip Vooitjies)

                                                Arum Lilies (vark oor blom)

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few      

                                               

 

Flower walks between Darling and Yzerfontein still take place weather permitted.

If you would like to be involved in one of these walks please contact Libbes Loubser at 072 659 6269.

 

Remember that for the month of September the Bokbaaivygie trail will be open to the public.

 

 

 

 

NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

 

19/08/2013

 

 

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

August 2013: 39.39mm (to date)

 

We had very early, good rains in March and April, and then a hot dry spell in May. It has since rained regularly and continuously during August, with constant soft rains. The rainy weather is not conducive for good flower watching but warmer weather is being predicted for the coming week, particularly the coming weekend.

 

It seems as if the flowers are earlier than normal for Skilpad and some sections of the park. The recent rains seems to have extended the life of the flowers and currently Skilpad is as spectacular as ever, with large orange carpets covering the Skilpad section. Specific species coming into bloom is Varkiesknol (Herria elongata); Meidesterte ((Lapeirosia sp.); Sporries (Heliophila sp); (Babiana sp) and Gazanias.

 

If you have a 4x4 vehicle the coastal section from the Spoeg river to the Groen river remains excellent. We expect the coastal flowers to last quite a while. The access road to Skilpad also has flower carpets as you approach the park.

 

The N7 all the way from Van Rhyns Dorp to Steinkopf has some very good patches on the roadside and adjacent land, particularly purple vygies.

 

The road to Skilpad from Kamieskroon has taken some rain damage but can be driven (slowly) with a normal sedan vehicle.

 

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

 

Attached photos were taken on 18 August 2013.

 

Kind regards

 

 

BERNARD VAN LENTE

PARK MANAGER: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS

 

TEL: +27 (0)27 672 1948

 

All photos below were take on 18 August:

 

 

Cape West Coast Flowers