Cape West Coast Flower Report 3 October 2013 << go back


posted on 04 October 2013

CEDERBERG AREA

 

LAMBERT’S BAY  /  ELANDSBAAI

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS

From Lamberts Bay to Steenbokfontein there are still patches of daisies.  On the farm Steenbokfontein the vygies are a purple spread. Leipoldtville (over Slangkop) to Eland’s Bay. The Golf Course in Lambert’s Bay. Drive in and walk amongst the flowers.

Eland’s Bay has the most beautiful flowers.  From Vensterklip into the town, the flowers are all over the area.  From Eland’s Bay towards Dwarskersbos the flowers on the right hand side of the road are fields of orange daisies.  Worth seeing.

From Graafwater to Clanwilliam the sides of the road are covered with orange daisies. Long narrow stretches.

 

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

 

   

SALDANHA AREA

                         

HOPEFIELD

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: 

Next to Soutriver in town                                                                     On road to Langebaanweg (R45)

Plaasmol (R45) 5km outside Hopefield

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, Pers Vygiebos

Flowers are not very visible from roadside. Will recommend a visit to Die Plaasmol.

 

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
  • POSTBERG Gate CLOSING 30 SEPETEMBER.

 

ST HELENA BAY

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        On road into and through St Helena Bay, vacant land in the village. 

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

Stinkkruid (Oncosiphon suffruticosum) plenty

Reënblommetjies (Dimorphotheca pluvialis) few

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) few

Stinkkruid (Oncosiphon suffruticosum) plenty

Reënblommetjies (Dimorphotheca pluvialis) few

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

                                                Need to get out of your car and wander round

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                    

Geelsuring (Oxalis pes caprae) few

Gifbossie (Senecio burchellii) few

Stinkkruid (Oncosiphon suffruticosum) plenty

Reënblommetjies (Dimorphotheca pluvialis) few

Gousblom (Arctotis hirsuta, possibly acaulis)plenty

Steenbokbos (Euphorbia burmannii)

Pietsnot (Grielum humifusum)few

Malva (pelargonium species, not sure which)

Mini drumsticks (Zaluzianskya parviflora) few

Bont leeubekkie (Nemesia affinis) few

Pers Douvygie/pink groundcover type

 (?Drosanthemum floribundum)

Ornithogalum ?  few

Porselyn (Galenia sarcophylla)

Albuca / Ornithogalum

 

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:                     Stinkkruid 

                                                  

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:                     Unfortunately there are not many flowers any longer:

 

  • Yellow (what I think is) gifbossies (Senecio burchellii)
  • Purple bos vygie (Ruschia macowanii)
  • Soet houtbossie (Rafnia angulate)

 

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.

 

VREDENBURG

 

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

 

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

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Field / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

SWARTLAND AREA

 

DARLING                                    

 

Predictions are that there may still be a couple of weeks of good flower viewing in the Darling reserves. Some reserves may still be quite wet due to recent heavy rains - Visitors should wear good sturdy shoes or prefereably water boots for walking in the veld.

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:       

Darling Renosterveld Reserve (Access at top of village behind the Darling Primary School or lower down gate in Langfontein street) This reserve 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; Take the rough footpath to the top end of the reserve, below the koppie. From there one has a wonderful                             view over the village as well as towards the North West across the Swartland in the direction of Piketberg. One can then meander down towards the cemetery corner and back                               again to the gate. This will take anything from half an hour to an hour and a half depending on your speed.

 The grass on some of the terrain was a bit high – it wasn’t wet but boots are the order of the day there.

                                               

Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein);

  Drying out a bit but still rather wet in places.

                                                                               

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)

 

Swartbergsvlei – R27 opposite West Coast Nat Park

 

All very welcome to have a stroll on the farm and can contact                                          

Alicia on 084 593 2745 or email: sbvlei@gmail.com.

For more on Swartbergsvlei see www.swartbergsvlei4x4.co.za

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                    

Darling Renosterveld Reserve:  Babiana rubrocyanea                                                     (kelkiewyn bobbejaantjie); Babiana tubiflora (wit                                                                 bobbejaantjie) Wurmbea marginata (swartkoppie), Moraea                                                   setifolia (papieruintjie) dotted around, Ixia lutea and Gladiolus                                               meliusculus (pienk kalkoentjie) also showing their faces;                                                        Geissorhiza radians (kelkiewyn); Ixia scillaris (agretjie), and                                                  Laperousia still going, and Trachyandras doing well, plus the                                                 Chinks, also found some Pterygodiums.

 

Many very special flowers blooming here. Our local flora group have found no less than 10 species on the Red List growing right there in the open areas that were bush cut                                       earlier – predictions are that this area will still be nice right into next month.

                                               

Plot below Renosterveld: This beautiful plot has changed colour, as happens as we go through the flora cycle --- its stunning with Gladiolus meliusculus plus found a few alatus, many Geissorhiza monanthos, the tall Moraea bellindini swaying in the wind, yellow Ursinias and white rain daisies (but the veld is yellow, thus not carpets of the white),  Cotulas, Moraea fugax, Albuca, Orthinogalum (Chinks) aplenty gradually opening up, Corycium, Indigofera, Ixia lutea, Romuleas, Vygies, Muraltia, Pelargonium triste, Cyphia, Senecios, Arums.  The Oxalis have gone, ditto Lachenalias, Ixia scillaris, some of the Asteraceae, Spiloxene, Trachyandras too – but everything is stunning to walk through and view.    

 

Darling Groenekloof Reserve: this reserve is especially good for the viewing of geophytes. Kelkiewyn (geissorhiza radians), Babiana species, kaneeltjie pelargonium                                                      Pelargonium triste), romulea species, wachendorfia as well as various daisies (Asteraceae) and vygies, lots of struthiola; white and yellow Cotulas Romuleas, Moraea bellindini, Chinks,                    Salvias, Aristeas, Vygies, Hermannia, Moraeas, Pelargoniums,                                                Gladiolus meliusculus In the marshier areas there are clumps of arums (Zantedescia), sorrel (Rumex) and other interesting marsh plants. Chinks flowering everywhere now.

 

Duckitt Nurseries: Looking beautiful – still lots of flax, Ixias, Monsonia’s showing their faces; kelkiewyn Bobbejaantjie (Babiana rubrocyanea) white rain daisies (Dimorphotheca) witring kelkiewyn (Geissorhiza radians), watsonia, snotrosie (Drosera), lachenalia, chinkerenchees.The whole reserve is very beautiful.

                                               

Waylands Reserve: This reserve is looking beautiful. Many species are flowering in abundance, creating a spectacular display. Kelkiewyn; Ixias (Ixia maculata), Kalkoentjies (Gladiolus alatus), Snotrosies (Drosera pauciflora)

 

flax and white rain daisies makes for beautiful viewing. Also plenty red-centred Bobbejaantjies; witring kelkiewyn (Geissorhiza radians).

 

Tienie Versfeld Reserve: Looking good to view – walking further into the reserve its more colourful than at the front of this reserve. Look out for the delicate Monsonias

 

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

 

Burgherspost: Critically endangered Geelbobbejaantjie

                                               

Babiana pygmaea) and Leipoldt se bobbejaantjie (Babiana 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.

 

Wildflower Meanders

Darling Flora group takes walks in the reserves in and around Darling & Yzerfontein – there are two walks coming up early in October: one on Weds.  2nd October at Yzerfontein, meeting up at 10 a.m. outside the Padstal on the corner of the crossroads of R27   and the  road to Yzer, then on Weds. 9th October  meeting up at 10a.m. by the gate of the Renosterveld reserve, opposite school buildings in Darling, when anyone with a 4x4 will be welcome, as we require more transport of that kind if possible. We possibly plan a trip up into  the Towers area. For more details contactHelene Preston 082 222 8135 /Maggie 022 492 2855 or Libbes Loubser 022 451 2504. 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

YZERFONTEIN              

 

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. The next scheduled walk will take place on the first Wednesday of September. Please give Libbes a ring to confirm walk.

 

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

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:

                                               

All around in Yzerfontein flowers are blooming.         

 

Gousblomme, kus gousblomme and Yellow wild                                                                   chamomile [Hongerblom]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).  The Bokbaaivygies will be at their best, once the weather gets warmer.

 

 

At the Bokbaaivygie route you will find the Saldanha pypie in full bloom.  It has a wonderful sweet     fragrance.    

 

The Bokbaaivygie route is on the R315 approaching                                                            

Yzerfontein.  Stop beside the road, open the gate [it is not locked], go through and walk into the veld.

 

Please keep the gate closed.

 Just one sunny day and the Wild cinerarias

 [Senecio elegance] along the R315, towards

Yzerfontein, is starting to show their wonderful

Pink/purple haze of colour.

 

The flowers along this road are stunning.

 

And as you travel along the R315, look out for the                                                              Flamingoes doing the cha-cha in the water pools.

                                                                                     

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                    

Bokbaai vygies

                                               

Wild Chamomile Yellow and Purple (Hongerblom, geel en pers)

 

Arum Lilies (vark blom)

 

Saldanha pypie  - Gladiolus carinatus.

 

Wild cinnerarias [ Senecio elegans]

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few