Cape West Coast Flower Report 5 September 2013 << go back


posted on 06 September 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, starting to fade), Hoek se Berg pass on your way to Biedouw Valley (Plenty, starting to fade), R364 from the English mans Grave to Nieuwoudtville over Botterkloof Pass (Fields/Plenty, the road is not too good for sedan vehicles, high clearance vehicles such as 4x4 or bakkies are recommended), Ou Kaapse Weg (Patches)      , R364 towards Lambertsbaai (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, Kapokbosse, Pers Cineraria

 

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, Orange)        

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS   : Langebaan Town / Langebaan Country Estate

Type of Flowers             : Reenblommetjies (White), Geelhongerblomme 

                                       : Gousblommetjies, Blue Flax/ Sporrie Suring/Sorrel(Yelllow&Pink)

 

 HOW MANY FLOWERS: Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS   :Langebaan Gate to Seeberg Hide

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

 

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 

 

The best time to enter the park should be in the morning to avoid the long queues at the entrance gates and Postberg gate.

 

Driving Route

  • We have flowers at the turn to Seeberg bird hide which is about +300 meters from the Langebaan gate.
  • We also have flowers outside Langebaan gate (about +500 meter on the road to Langebaan).
  • Postberg is having beautiful flowers after the rains we had last week.

 

Cycling Route

  • Mooimaak we are having beautiful flowers which is only for mountain bikers.

 

Accommodation

  • Unfortunately our accommodation if fully booked for the flower season period but we sometimes receive cancellations. The client should check on our website for any cancellation or they can call our central reservation for any availability enquiries.

Webside:www.sanparks.org and Central reservation: 012 426 9111/ E-mail: reservations@sanparks.org

 

 

      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 9-14 September FREE entry  for South African Citizens !!

(Bring ID Book)  -  see advertisement attached

 

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 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

 

On all the open plots in town:   Dimorphotheca Pluvialus (White rain Daisy)

                                                Foveolina Tenella (Veld Cineraria)

                                                Oxalis Compressa (baster Suring)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:                 Fields/ 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 lot of rain recently

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

Gifbossie (Senecio burchellii) starting to fade

Stinkkruid (Oncosiphon suffruticosum)

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)

Stinkkruid (Oncosiphon suffruticosum)

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)

Stinkkruid (Oncosiphon suffruticosum)

Reënblommetjies (Dimorphotheca pluvialis)

Poproos (Hermannia scabra)

Hermannia trifurca

Gousblom (Arctotis hirsuta, possibly acaulis)plenty

Steenbokbos (Euphorbia burmannii)

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)

Astertjie (Felicia tenella)

Pers Douvygie/pink groundcover type

 (?Drosanthemum floribundum)

Groot tulp (Moraea flaccida)

Pink vygie 2 (Ruschia ?)

 

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, Stinkkruid,Reënblommetjies, Gousblom  (patches) 

                                                              

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:                 Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

Perception, and not a guarantee.

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:             SHELLEY POINT     

Between new entrance gate and hotel, and

on vacant land throughout the development

 

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

                                                Kattekruie (Ballota Africana)

Duine vingertjies (Manulea tomentosa)

Lazy daisy/wild chamomile(Foveolina tenella)

Slaaibos (Roepera morgsana)

Vygie Bush,  (Ruschia ?)

Capnophyllum africanum

 

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:

  • Kapokbossies (Eriocephalus africanus) – not at their best
  • Gewone poproos (Hermmannia scabra) – dying back
  • 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.

 

  KALKOENTJIES        - Few – Along the dirt road next to the dunes as you walk towards

                                 Tabakbaai.

 

JACOBSBAAI

 

         

 

 

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS

 

Reenblommetjies:

Geelsuring

Bietou

Bruinsalie

Soet gousblom

Oranje gousblom

Osierrapuis

Soetkopdikblaar

Grootdikblaar

Berggousblom

Strandhongerblomme

Elandsvy

Geelsandvygie

Berggousblom

Bokbaaivygie

Geelmelkbos

Baie bolplante

Weskus daisy

Kalkoentjie

 

Baie reen gehad en veld sal pragtig wees tot  15 September

                                                             

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;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 wet and they may get stuck. No buses.

                                                                               

 Along the roadside reserves R307 from Mamre and R315 from Malmesbury                                                                        

 

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

                                               

Burgherspost situated off the R315 to Malmesbury – nature drives only (info below)

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, the Moraeas tripetala still around, Sparaxis also, few Lotononis hidden under the bushes; the delicate Snotrosie, i.e. Drosera in pale mauve, Pelargoniums; Gousbloem, rain daisies, other Asteracaeas,  Arums, Lachenalias etc.

 

                                               

Plot below Renosterveld: Awash with Babiana rubrocyanea (kelkiewyn bobbejaantjie), also Ixia scillaris (agretjie), Acrocanthes (wit spekvygie) Ornithogalum ‘cooperi’ (geldbeursie), Hermannia (poproos), Vygies, fragrant  Disperis villosa (babakappie), loads of Trachyandra and Lachenalia – pallida plus the unifolia – Romuleas still in evidence, and the magenta Muraltia

 

Still some Hesperanta, Oxalis,  Gousblom, Acrosanthes, Spiloxene (yellow one), Indigofera, Arums, Vygies, Lachenalia, Trachyandra, Muraltia, Homeria flaccida, Rain Daisies, Microloma, Laperousia, Moraea

                                               

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 colour and an endangered species; Microloma Drosera

 

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

 

Haemanthus, Brunsvigia, Asteracae aplenty, Ferreria                                                            crispa, Babiana, Chinks (Orthinagalum) just starting

 

 

Duckitt Nurseries: Looking beautiful with patches of Flaks, Ursinia (Magriet); kelkiewyn Bobbejaantjie (Babiana rubrocyanea) white rain daisies (Dimorphotheca)witring kelkiewyn (Geissorhiza radians)just starting

                                               

Waylands Reserve: Large variety of species flowering despite the relative cool weather: early flax and white rain daisies makes for beautiful viewing. Also plenty red-centred Bobbejaantjies; all the early flowering yellow species – yellow ixia, yellow Geissorrhiza & yellow Nemesia; lots of white stars (Poublom/Spiloxene); pyjama bush; oxalis; froetang; late blue flax has also started. witring kelkiewyn (Geissorhiza radians) just starting.

 

 

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

 

 

Burgherspost: Critically endangered Geelbobbejaantjie(Babiana pygmaea) and Leipoldt se bobbejaantjie (Babian leipoldtii); Rotstert (Babiana rigens); Bloupypie (Gladiolus carinatus) and patches of rain daisies

 

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 Thursdayof 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.

 

Cloof and Burgherspost Nature Drives

Cloof and Burgherspost contribute to the conservation of two important veld types: Swartland Granite Bulb Veld and Atlantis Sand Fynbos, both very endangered. In our diversified farming system, we set the conservation example for the wine industry. The Darling region is well known for its beautiful spring flowers. Enjoy a guided game drive and encounter some of South-Africa’s most renowned game and bird species including Bontebok, Eland, Red Hartebeest and Zebra while also viewing an array of delicate endangered flowers during the flower season (Aug & Sept). 

Your contribution helps fund our conservation efforts of this natural heritage.

          Times: weekdays 10:00 or 15:00 weekends flexible

          Costs R100 pp 4-6 pax/3pax R125 pp/2 pax R150 pp/1 pax R250

          Advance bookings are essential – enquire with Cloof tasting room

          Personnel for last minute availability on weekdays or call Jacques at 084 673 5708

 

Photos taken by W Duckitt, 2 Sept:

 

 

 

YZERFONTEIN                 

 

Regular Flower walks in 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

 

The Bokbaaivygie trail is now officially open to the public for the month of September. Entry to the trail is free, currently the field is still a bit wet but if willing is able to be walked. Please close the gate when entering the field. For more info regarding the trail please call 082 693 4015

*Please be advised that the trail is very wet.

 

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        All around in Yzerfontein flowers are blooming.         

                                                Gousblomme, kus gousblomme and Yellow wild                                                                    chamomile    can be seen at different spots in                                                                      Yzerfontein. Wild     Chamomile can be seen at the                                                                Yzerfontein community Hall on outer road, orange                                                                gousblomme can be seen on the island across the                                                                 Dutch reformed Church also on outer road.

                                                Patches of Bokbaai vygies can be seen on Atlantic                                                                 drive (left-hand side of road) as well as on the end of                                                                    Dassen Island drive.

                                                Yzerfontein is full of colour when taking a stroll                                                                    through the town.

                                                Schaap island trail can also be hiked to view some                                                                rock vygies growing in between the rocks and rock                                                              face.

                                                                                                                                     

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Bokbaai vygies

                                                (Hongerblom, geel en pers)

                                                Arum Lilies (vark oor blom)

                                                Eland vygies

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few      

                                               

Location: Yzerfontein Community Hall

 

 

Location: Dassen Island Drive

 

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: 120mm (estimate)

 

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 two 50mm plus weekends towards the end of August. Since 01 September we has constant warm sunny days, which are predicted to last at least through the coming weekend.

 

The result was that the flowers (particularly the orange daisy ‘carpets’) was earlier than normal for Skilpad and some sections of the park, and there are signs that they will not last much longer and is already becoming more patchy. The farms just outside and next to the park actually still has very good flower carpets, this is because of different grazing patterns from their sheep which led to the flowers blooming later than in the park.

 

The recent heavy rains have drenched the soil, and this has allowed other flowering plants to become much more prominent. The Gazanias in particular is spectacular. Varkiesknol (Herria elongata); Meidesterte (Lapeirosia sp.); Sporries (Heliophila sp); (Babiana sp); Gansogies; Senecios, Beetle daisies and a variety of bulbs and other species can be seen.

 

Because of the ‘carpets’ going down but the species increasing, it is recommended that visitors leave their cars and do some of the short hikes at Skilpad, this way you will definitely see more than driving with your car. (Visitors are not allowed to walk in the flowers and must please stick to the road and hiking trails!)

 

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 road to Skilpad from Kamieskroon has taken some rain damage but can be driven 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 other areas of Namaqua.

 

Attached photos were taken on 05 September 2013.

 

Kind regards

 

BERNARD VAN LENTE

PARK MANAGER: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS

 

TEL: +27 (0)27 672 1948