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posted on 29 August 2013

MATZIKAMA AREA

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Vanrhynsdorp

Urionskraal pad,Gifberg en Kobee pad,Waterval,Maskam Plaas.

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.

Nieuwoudtville – Voor dorpsingang draai links af met bord wat blomroete aandui.

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.

Nieuwoudtville – Katsterte. Knersvlakte – Blou 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

 

 

Flower Route on Maskam Guest Farm

 

 

Photos taken in the Knersvlakte

 

 

 Photo taken at Nieuwoudtville

 

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), Hoek se Berg pass on your way to Biedouw Valley (Plenty), R364 from the English mans Grave to the farm Doornbosch direction Nieuwoudtville (Plenty), Ou Kaapse Weg (Patches)      , R364 towards Lambertsbaai (Patches), Vrede Oord cemetery (Patches), Boskloof (Patches) Nardouwsberg (Plenty, roadworks on this road, delays, not suitable for sedan vehicles).

 

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

 

 

Boskloof

 

 

Biedouw 

 

 

CITRUSDAL

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERSN7 towards Clanwilliam, Hexrivier road towards Algeria, Plenty of flowers at Cederberg Cotagges at Algeria turn off 022 921 3209, Plenty of flowers on marcuskraal road, a few flowers on The Baths road, a few flowers on Bo-rivier road, a few flowers on the R303 towards Op die berg, plenty of flowers from Vlakrug to Boschkloof farm 022 921 3533.

 

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

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

Photos taken at Boschkloof:

 

 

 

 

 

LAMBERT’S BAY

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS

In Lambert’s Bay and the surrounding 5km.   All open ground in the towns.  R27 to Leipoldtville (over Slangkop) and to Eland’s Bay. Dassiepoort, 4km north of Lambert’s Bay. All tarred roads. R362 to Doring Bay along the Sishen Road (gravel). The Golf Course in Lambert’s Bay. Drive in and walk amongst the flowers. 

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:      

Rotstert Feeklokkies Jonkmansknopies Aandblommetjies BobbejaantjiesBlou en goue MoreasBlousalie

RooisalieBobbejaangesiggiesBloupypieSandgann Leeubekkies Bitter gousblom Soet gousblom Wit soê Duikerhorinkies Broodbosse Melkbosse Hongerblomme Sambreeltjies Perdebos Kattekruie Ossiebos Gifappeltjie

Herfskatstert Veldkool Albucas Bont viooltjies Porselein elandsvy vetkousie pietsnot suring toonblom drumsticks blou koringblommetjie rooi malvas kruidjie-roer-my-nie jeukgatslaai horlosiegras sporries roosmaryn vingerpol skilpadbessie  slakblomme koggelmandervoet

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

AREND DE WAAL Flower Tours  (Weekends only)

No admission without tour guide. Groups welcome. Contact Arend or Cornelle on 083 354 1788

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BERGRIVIER AREA

 

VELDDRIF

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:

The empty plots in town. Voortrekker rd towards Piketberg. Voortekker rd towards Laaiplek. On your way to and at the Bergrivier Gholfclub. Smitlaan in Velddrif. On road (R399) from Velddrif to Piketberg. Rd from Velddrif to Vredenburg

 

Aurora: On (R399) towards Aurora turn-off,  on side of the road and 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,drumsticks,bont viooltjie, wille roosmaryn, langbeen vygie, slakblom, veldkool, jonkmansknoop, feëklokkies, duinebessie, poproos, verkousies, bokbaai vygies, koringblommetjies.

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

     

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

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, Melkbos

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Still few flowers with fields of white and orange daisies

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:

Various pink vygies and various types of daisy. Lebeckia sericea, Wiborgia, Pennypod ,Oxalis obtusa,Geeloogsuring

Sour Fig/Suurvy, Hemimeris sabulosa – Geelgesiggie, Trachyandra – Veldkool, Trachyandra ciliate,Various Gousblom,  Leeubekkie / Weeskindertjies,Lamiacecae - Salvia lanceolata – Rooisalie,Salvia africana-lutea - Bruinsalie/Strandsalie ,Roepera flexuosa – Maarbos,Pelargonium fulgidum – Rooimalva,Dimorphotheca pluvialis – Reenblommetjie, Dorotheanthus bellidiformis – Bokbaai Vygie,Senecio abruptus, Basterhongerblom ,Ballota africana – Kattekruid,Tetragonia fruticosa – Kinkelbossie,Osteospermum moniliferum - (Daisy Family), Bietou

Euphorbia burmannii - Steenbokmelkbos/Soetmelkbos,Oxalis pes-caprea, Geelsuring ,Spiloxene serrata, Sterretjie

Babiana nana, Lachenalia pustulata, Melaspherula ramosa - Fairy Bells,Cysticapnos vesicaria - Klappertjies

Cynanchum africanum – Bobbejaantou, Anagallis  arvensis – Blouselblommetjie or scarlet pimpernel (alien)

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 FLOWERSPelgrumsrust (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

Berggousblom

Bokbaaivygie

Geelmelkbos

Baie bolplante

 

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 is to be found here in                           abundance;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);

 - currently very wet/flooded in parts.

                                                                               

Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road      

through reserve (R307 Darling – Mamre – in front of Duckitt                                                          Nursery);

                                               

Waylands – farm road through reserve (R307 to Mamre)

 

Visitors must please take care not to drive off the road in the                                               Waylands and Duckitt Nurseries reserves as the veld is very wet and 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:  This reserve is absolutely glorious with Spiloxene capensis  in quantities not seen before The renosterveld is so alive, with lots of the Babiana melanops ex stricta,  Romulea, Acrosanthes, Vygies,  a few Laperousia, Gladiolus alatus have started, the Moraeas tripetala still around, Sparaxis also, few Lotononis hidden under the bushes; the delicate Snotrosie, i.e. Drosera in pale mauve, Pelargoniums beginning to surface.   Gousbloem, rain daisies, other Asteracaeas,  Arums, Lachenalias etc.

 

                                               

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 have gone over, Euphorbia burmanii are coming along – plus a couple of tortoises probably enjoying a feast. Moraea tricolour and 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;, Hermannia (poproos); asparagus; roepera                                                                  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 color and an endangered species; Microloma Drosera

 

A wonderful show of spiloxene Capensis plus Wachendorphia,                                               Drosera (snotrosie) Gladiolus alatis and chinks starting;                                                        Moraea tricolour showing

 

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

 

 

Duckitt Nurseries: Looking beautiful with patches of Flaks, Ursinia (Magriet); white rain daisies (Dimorphotheca

 

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.

 

Photos taken by W Duckitt:

 

 

Flaks

 

Pyjama Bush                    

                                                   

Magriet en Flaks

 

Rain Daisies

 

 

YZERFONTEIN        

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:

The Schaap Island walking trail is a good place to view rock vygies(variety of color). Vygies can be found between the rocks on the trail. Best time to see the Vygies are on a sunny/warm day. Please take care for any wet patches on the trail. Purple cinerarias have started to flower close to the boundary of Yzerfontein and Tygerfontein farm. Head down Dassen Island drive until almost the end and you will see the purple flowers.

 

Bokbaaivygie trail (R315) will be officially opening from the first of September. Please note that you will be entering the field at your own risk as there are ostriches wandering in and around the field were the trail is situated. Please take care and properly close the main gate when entering or leaving the trail.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Rocki vygies, eland vygies, purple cinerarias

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few      

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.   

 

*The next flower walk will take place on the 31st of August 2013 (weather permitted)

Location- Labyrinth, Yzerfontein

(The Labyrinth is situated on the corner of Atlantic and Dassen Island drive. Parking is available at the entrance of the Labyrinth.)

Time- 10:00

Note- Please bring own refreshments.

 

To enquire more about these walks please contact Libbes at 072 659 6269

 

 

 

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