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posted on 11 September 2012

WEST COAST & NAMAKWA FLOWER REPORT - 2012

 

(Updated  10/09/2012)

 

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SWARTLAND AREA

 

DARLING

Travelling along the West Coast Road between Darling and Langebaan/Saldanha, the flowers are magnificent. On our side there are excellent displays at the entrance to Rondeberg and all the way down to the Groote Post / Darling Hills Road. The flowers are really coming on fast now and it is certainly going to be one of the best seasons for flowers in our area this year.

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:       

                                             Darling Renosterveld Reserve (Access at top of village                                                   behind the Darling Primary School or lower down gate in                                                           Langfontein street); also on the plot at the top of                                                                                     Langfontein st just below the reserve

                                                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);

                                      Visitors should walk to the left of the reserve following the old                                             boardwalk and stay on the paths as it is rather wet in places                                                          otherwise.

                                                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 they may get stuck. No buses.

                                                Darling hills roadsides very pretty (gravel road joining R315 to R27)

                                  Burgherspost Wine Estate Reserve (R315 Darling –                                                      Malmesbury) does wildflower game drives if booked in                                                          advance with Conservation Manager, Jacques vd Merwe                                                         022 492 2830 /084 606 3470  e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za   

                                                                    

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Roadsides R307 from Mamre/Atlantis: patches of pink oxalis,                                                young arums, pink & blue lobostemum (pyjama bush);                                                          carpets of white Dimortphotheca pluvialus (rain daisies).

                                                            Darling Renosterveld Reserve: This reserve is particularly nice                                               around the reservoirs and off the pathway towards the west.                                                Hesperantha (bontrok aandblom) – opens in afternoons;blue                                                Suteria uncinata (bos opslag), Harmannias (poproos); oxalis                                                  (suring); romulea, arum; lachenalia (viooltjie); salmon-                                                         coloured morea flaccida , Laperousia (koringblom), Sparaxis                                                  villosa (blou kappie), the red Romulea, rain daisies,                                                              Wachendorfia on its way,  Indigofera, a few Pelargoniums,                                                    Diascias (horinkie)which lives close to the floor, various                                                        Asteracea (daisies).

                                                Spiloxene capansis with its white star-shape and peacock                                                     centre, also the smaller yellow Spiloxene, abundant                                                              kapokbossie – Eriocephalus. Vygies, and Bokbaai Vygies once                                               the sun has been out a couple of hours.

                                                Specials to look out for: sparaxis villosa; various babiana –                                                   melanops, nana and ambigua .Ixia scillaris is starting to                                                        appear, also gladiolus alatus. Magenta honey-scented                                                           muraltia shrubs still brightening up the bush.

                                                Langfontein Str plot: Still beautiful - awash with a carpet of                                                  gousblomme and lots of other flowers, vygies, daisies,                                                          lachenalia, etc 

                                                Darling Groenekloof Reserve: Coming along nicely now with                                                           clusters of red romulea;Tiny lantern-like heads of the orange                                                and yellow poproos           (Hermannia); Wachendorfia; Trachyandra                                               (kool); salmon Oxalis purpurea (Suring); white pelargonium;                                                 bright red climber Microloma (bokmaellie); yellow senecio                                                    pubigerus (skraalbossie) the pink (endangered) Lampranthus                                                 ficaulis (vygie);cotula – from the all-yellow to the white ray                                                   floretted one;Tetragonia; the tiny purple and yellow                                                             Lapeirousia hiding amongst the grass,  yellow  Cotulas, pink                                                           Vygies, a few blue Morea tripetala, and lots of Lachenalia,                                                     magenta Muraltia.

                                                Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve: The Heliophila (blue flax) is out in profusion; lots of arums; First Babiana pygmaea (geel Bobbejaantjie) look out for the Gladiolus carinatus (sand pypie) in the restios as well as little yellow Nemesia affinis. In the little dam at the gate are Onixotis punctata (Dipidax) flowering - they are quite special as we do not     always have the chance to see them in flower.                              

                                                Waylands reserve: now looking absolutely spectacular! A fabulous mx of the early flowering plants as well as the later species. Plenty of early flax with the tall Late flax starting to take over. Drosera (snotrosies) a few of the winter flowering

                                                blue pypies(Gladiolus spp) Chinese lanterns starting; very pretty white stars are out in full force, also some very rare orange stars (Spiloxene canaliculata), early flowering yellow species (Yellow Nemesia, yellow Geissorrhiza). There are already plenty of the pretty blue Geissorrheiza's (Blou Sysie) to be seen. Lots of the really beautiful red-centered Babiana to be seen, and, of course, our really special flower, the Kelkiewyn, has just started flowering. There are actually a few out already!!!! Our veld is really very pretty this year. The hot dry summer, the plentiful winter rain and the cold are bringing a magical touch to the veld which we haven't seen in many years.

                                                Tienie Versfeld

                                                This reserve is drying and the flora coming along nicely: Orange arctotis (gousblom) coming along nicely; gazania; Dimorphotheca (rain daisies); arum lilies; early blue flax (heliophila). Babiana

                                                Burgherspost Wine Estate Reserve

                                                Geelkruid (Gymnodiscus capilaris); Bobbejaantjies (Babiana spp.); Skilpadbessie (Muraltia spinosa); Proteas (P. repens; P. burchellii) Botterlelie (yellow Gladiolus trichonemifolius) Dimorphotheca (rain daisies) in abundance; blou froetang  (Romulea tabularis) as well as some red Romulea. Heliophila (blue flax), arums and Pyjama bush (lobostemum) along the roadsides The cherry on the top was the sighting of eland, zebra, springbok and other wildlife during the course of our wanderings in the bush. 

                                                Flamingoes can be seen on the water to the right just past                                                   Darling Cellars, lots of coots and other bird life there.

                                                                                Darling Hills Road is really a picture with large expanses of                                                   white, yellow and orange daisies out in profusion.

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

FLOWER SHOWS:

           Name:                   Darling Wildflower Show

            Date & Time:          14 – 16 September 2012

                                                9am  – 5 pm  daily

            Venue:                   Darling Sports Club

            Admission:             Adults R30 scholars R20 / Special discount for pensioners R20                                                                         ONLY on Friday      

            Contact detail:       Enquiries 022 492 3361 info@darlingtourism.co.za

                                      Stalls:     083 655 4237

 

            Name:                        Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show

            Date & Time:          13 – 18 September 2012

            Venue:                   Oudepost Farm

            Admission:             Adults R30 scholars R20 / Special discount for pensioners R20                                                                         ONLY on Thursday and Friday            Contact detail:       022 492 2606 info@duckittnurseries.com

 

YZERFONTEIN                     

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:   Around Schaap Island, vygies need a bright sunny day

To be at their best. Best time to view will be near mid afternoon. Only way to view will be by walking. Can view flower all around in Yzerfontein. Resident’s gardens colourful on sunny day . Dassen Island Drive, Bokbaai Vygies to see.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:         Vygies and Bokbaai Vygies, bright colors-pink, yellow, orange

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

 

 

Ashes to Beauty - Photos taken by Carlen Vorster, on a koppie near their home in the Malmesbury area, Swartland. First photo taken in April after a fire, and the other two photos taken in August.

 

WEST COAST PENINSULA

                         

HOPEFIELD

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        In town on vacant plots                                                                                                    On road to Langebaanweg (R45)

                                                From Hopefield to Velddrif on the

                                                roadside(R234 –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

                                                Drive slowly along road.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Wit, Geel & Helder Oranje Gousblomme (daisies), Persbosse, Bitoubos, Bruin Saliebos , Pers Drumsticks, Groot plate Camel blomme, Geel Bokbaaivygies, Arum Lilies (along the river),  Viooltjies (Lachenalia), Weeskindertjies, Geel Hongerblomme, Cineraria, Suikerkanne, Aalwyne, Rotsstert, Aandblomme, Pienk Wilde Malva, Wit Morea, Sewe dae Geneesbossie, Pers & Pienk Vygies, Melkbos, Slymstok, Kapokbos, Vlei-rys blommetjies, Blou Salie, Red heart Pocus in vleilande, Skilpadbessie, Duinebessie, Blombos, Tolbos (Leucadendron), Restios

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields -On R234 between Hopefield & Veldrift 

FieldsWhite & Orange Daisies in town

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

Website: www.capewestcoastpeninsula.co.za

            

Links: https://www.facebook.com/HopefieldFynbos

                        www.facebook.com/Visit Hopefield

 

JACOBSBAAI

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Jacobsbaai Village & Walk along Roads /2.5KM SOUTH OF TOWN                                               

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:

bietou

Chrysanthemoides monilifera

ossierrapuis

Othonna cylindrica

soetkopdikblaar

Senecio sarcoides

bruinsalie

Salvia africana-lutia

skilpadbessiebos

Muraltia spinescens

slaaibos

Zygophyllum morgsana

geelmelkbos

Euphorbia mauritanica

hanepootharpuisbos

Euryops multifidus

sjielingbos

Zygophyllum cordifolium

siering

Oxalis pes- caprae

  gousblom                      Arctotis hirsuta

 cape weed                      Arctotheca calendula

 reenblommetjies              Dimorphotheca pluvialis 

 strandhongerblom           Senecio maritimus

 bokbaaivygies                 Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

 elandsvy                        Carpobrotus acinaciformis

 kleinkruid                       Foveolina tenella

varkoor                           Zanthedeschia aethiopica

witslakblom                     Hebenstreitia repens

grootdikblaar                   Senecio aloides

weskusdaisy                    Felicia elongate

berggousblom                 Ursinia anthemoides

bloupypie                       Gladiolus cearuleus

bobbjaantjie                   Babiana ambiqua

                                     Lampranthus vernalis

persdouvygie                  Drosanthenum floribundum persdouvygie

strandsewejaartjie          Helichrysum revolutum

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

PS: Flowers are currently beautiful and will just become more in the next 10 days and prettier!

        Flowershop OPEN from 11H00 – 16H00

 

LANGEBAAN

 

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: R44 – South African Citizens / R88 – International Tourist per person

 

Free Entrance for SA Citizens: 10-14 September 2012 (bring your ID)

 

ST HELENA BAY

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Along road through town:

TYPE OF FLOWERS         Vygies (lilac); 

                                      Poproos (yellow with orange/red tips,

                                      lilac);

                                                          Kus Malva (lilac);                                                                                                              Reenblommetjies (white); 

Geel Suring;

Geeloog Suring (salmon); 

Gifbossie (yellow);

Blou Viooltjie (purple);

Stinkkruid / wurmbos (yellow);

Pensies (purple);

Gousblom (orange);

Ganskos (yellow);

Lewertjies (dark salmon);

Tamarak; Tulpe (salmon)  

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Britannica Heights

TYPE OF FLOWERS         :   Top:        Bos Poproos (yellow with orange/red tips);

                                                          Geel Suring;

                                                          Geeloog Suring (salmon); 

                                                          Blaasertjie (purple);

Basterkaroo (yellow);

Bontviooltjie (Lachenalia, pers);

Lebeckia (bright yellow);

Gifbossie (yellow);

Reenblomme (white);

Vygies (shades of pink and purple);

Tulpe (salmon);

Bokbaaivygies;

Ganskos (yellow);Agtdaegeneesbos (blue)

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

                                                Slope: Reenblommetjies (white with dark-purplish

                                                          disc);

                                                          Kankerbos (red-orange);

                                                          Lebeckia (bright yellow);

                                                          Pienk Bos Vygie;

                                                          Kus Malva (lilac);

                                                          Geel Suring;

                                                          Poproos (yellow with orange tips, lilac);

Wurmbos / Stinkkruid (yellow);

Astertjies (lilac with yellow disc);

Geeloogsuring (salmon with yellow centre);Tulpe  (salmon)

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Around Da Gama monument

TYPE OF FLOWERS         :               Gousblom (orange); plenty

                                                          Reenblommetjies (white);

                                                          Gifblommetjies (yellow);

                                                          Piet Snot (yellow);

                                                          Kus Malva (lilac);

                                                          Bontviooltjie (Lachenalia, purple);

Geeloog Suring;

Strandvygie (yellow);

Piet Snot (yellow);

Wurmbos / Stinkkruid (yellow);

Astertjies (lilac with yellow disc);

Poproos (yellow);

Bobbejaankool (yellow);Leeubekkie (lilac)

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: Shelley Point area

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                        Geel Suring;

                                                          Gifbossie (yellow);

                                                          Gousblom (yellow, orange);

                                                          Reenblomme (white);

                                                          Verfblommetjies (white/lilac with yellow

                                                          centre);

                                                          Piet Snot (yellow);

                                                          Kusmalva (lilac);

                                                          Slakblom (white);

                                                          Capnophyllum africanum (white)

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:            Brittania Bay – coastline & Cape St.Martin

TYPE OF FLOWERS         :               Gifbossie (yellow);

                                                          Bos Poproos (yellow with orange/red tips);

                                                          Pietsnot (yellow);

                                                          Geel Suring;

                                                          Reenblomme (white);

                                                          Tulpe (salmon);

                                                          Kusmalva (lilac);

                                                          Vygies (lilac, white);

                                                          Viooltjie (purple);

                                                          Vingerpol/Medusa’s hair (in bloom!).               

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

Succulent & Cactus Nursery

72 Flamingo Road

St Helena Bay

Wilma Wilson 083 763 3942

westcoastcactus@gmail.com

 

SALDANHA

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS: SAS SALDANHA NATURE RESERVE            Visits by prior arrangement: Contact : 082 320 0549

 

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 - Aong the dirt road next to the dunes as you wlk towards                                             Tabakbaai.

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road between Saldanha & Langebaan

Type of Flowers        : Reenblommetjies (White & Orange) 

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

                         

PATERNOSTER

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:         Various  types of Mesembryanthemaceae & Asteraceae,

Ballota africana – Kattekruid,

Carpobrutus acinaciformis – Elandsvy, Chasmanthe floribunda – Piempiempie

Chrysanthemoides monilifera – Bietou, Crassula natans – Watergras

Cynanchum africanum – Bobbejaantou,

Cyphia crenata – klein Bokkies,Cysticapnos vesicarius – Klappertjie,

Dikblaar,Dimorphotheca pluvialis – Reenblommetjie,Dorotheanthus bellidiformis – Bokbaai Vygie

Euphorbia burmannii – klein Steenbokbos,Ferraria crispa – Spinnekopblom

Grielum humifusum – Pietsnot,Hemimeris sabulosa – sand Geelgesiggie

Lampranthus vredenburgensis – Vredenburg kruip Vygie

Limeum africanum – Koggelmandervoet,Limoniumn peregrinum – Strandroos,

Lyperia triste – Traanblommetjie,Microloma Sagittatum – Bokmaellie

Namaqua Kool, Nemesia versicolor – bont Leeubekkie / Weeskindertjies,

Oxalis pes-caprea – Suring / Sorrel, Pelargonium fuldigum – rooi Malva,

Pharnaceum incanum – regop Sneeuwvygie, Salvia africana-lutea – strand Salie,

Various Tamarak,Thesium spinosum – steek Groenbasbossie

Zaluzianskay pariflora – mini Drumsticks, Zygophyllum cordifolium – Sjielingbos,

Zygophyllum morgsana – Slaaibos, Zygophyllum spinosum – Spekbos,

                                                           

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        On R399 between Vredenburg and Paternoster.

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)

                                                Carpobrotus edulis (Suurvy)

                                                          Arctotheca calendula (Seepampoen)

                                                Arctotis hirsuta (Gousblom)

                                                Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie)

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        On smallholding Pelgrimsrust just before Paternoster.

TYPE OF FLOWERS:        

                                                Trachyandra falcata (Namakwa Kool)

                                                Trachyandra muricata (rolbos Kool)

                                                Trachynadra ciliata (hotnots Kool/Wildeblomkool)

                                                Ballota africana (Kattekruie)

                                                Gladiolus caeruleus (Saldanha Pypie)

                                                Ornithogalum cooperi (Geldbeursie)

                                                Lampranthus vredenburgensis (Vredenburg kruip Vygie)

                                                Zaluzianshkya parviflora (mini Drumsticks)

                                                Danbeya zeyheri (Bobbjaanhoek)

                                                Romulea elliptica (Vredenburg Froetang)

                                                Roepera morgsana (Slymbos)

                                                Lapeirousia jacquinii (blou Koringblom)

                                                Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)

                                                Carpobrotus edulis (yellow Suurvy)

                                                Othonna coronopifolia (sand Bobbejaankool)

                                                Othana cylindrica (dikblaar Bobbejaankool)

                                                Arctotheca populifolia (Seepampoen)

                                                Arctotis hirsuta (Sout Gousblom)

                                                Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie)

                                                Arctopus echiniatus (Platdoring)

                                                Oxalis pes-caprae(geel Suring)

                                                Oxalis obtusa (geeloog Suring)

                                                Aristea africana (Blousuurkanol, Koringbloometjie)

                                                Lachenalia rubida (sand Viooltjie)

                                                Lessertia frutescens (Kankerbos)

                                                Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (Bokbaai Vygie)

                                                Conicosia puginiformis (groot Vetkousie)

                                                Onocosiphon africanum (Wildekamille)   

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        On R399 between Vredenburg and Paternoster.

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)

                                                Carpobrotus edulis (Suurvy)

                                                          Arctotheca calendula (Seepampoen)

                                                Arctotis hirsuta (Gousblom)

                                                Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie)

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, A few Arum Lilies, Suringe

    HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS  :Road between Vredenburg & Saldanha

Type of Flowers        : Reenblommetjies (White & Orange) 

    HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

BERGRIVIER AREA

 

VELDDRIF

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Velddrif

                                                Patches & fields  throughout town.  Open space bordered by Tecoma Jacaranda streets – covered in white daisies.  Voortrekker road towards Piketberg – open plots with flowers – white and orange daisies and yello w surings.  Church avenue – open spaces with white daisies.  Pienk vyebosse  in Church Avenue, yellow surings and hongerbosse and white rain daises. Rivier street in Laaiplek towards Port Owen – white daisies and yellow  hongerblomme.  Stephan street in Laaiplek – white daisies.  Voortrekke r Road  in Velddrif and Laaiplek – white daisies, yellow surings and pienk vyebosse (between Douglas Widd street and Hoofstreet  on your left).  Some orange daisies also.

                                                Bergrivier Golfklub – fields of white daisies

                                                On the road to Dwarskersbos – yellow surings and                                                              hongerblomme

                                                Malgas street, Velddrif  - white rain daises, pink vyebosse and                                              yellow hongerblomme and surings

                                               

                                                Drives from Velddrif – R234 from Velddrif to Hopefield –                                                 yellow and white daisies, and from the silos also shrubs like                                                  pink duinebessie/skilpadbessie

                                                R234 to Hopefield – at Cloeteskraal turn right at the gravel                                                 road  - it takes you to Langebaanweg Airforce base –                                                           spectacular fields of white and yellow daisies,   some purple                                                 sporrie

                                               

                                                Aurora to Velddrif (tarred R399) starting with purple                                                       kantblomme, white, yellow, orange, purple and blue flowers

 

 

 

                                                Aurora

                                                Town covered in orange & white daisies. First gravel road                                                    from Velddrif to Hopefield (road not in a                                                                             good condition), but spectacular flowers!  Shrubs (Biedou &                                                  bobbejaankool with yellow          flowers (high plants) covered in                                                   yellow flowers.  Feields of white and orange daisies.                                                             Skilpadbessie carrying fruit now.  The duinebessie starting to                                                flower – also lovely smell.

                  

                                                Drives from Aurora – R399 to Sauer & Velddrif – fields of                                                 white daisies next   to the road

 

                                                Redelinghuys

                                                Both sides of Olof Bergh street – fields of white and yellow                                                  daisies.  In town also yellow and pink surings and                                                                bokbaaivygies.  Yellow and orange daisies

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                 white daises, yellow surings, yellow hongerblomme and orange daisies, pienk vyebosse, yellow daisies/ skilpadbessie/duinebessie/wilde kamille/purple sporrie/ bokbaaivygies

                                               

                                                Aurora to Velddrif (R399)

                                                Blue flaks /sporrie, purple bokbaai vygies, purple and blue , white and yellow hongerblomme, yellow langbeen suring, white jonkmansknoop, white aaronskelke, , bont viooltjies, purple galdioli/pypie, purple ertjie (ot indigenous), light purple vyebosse, yellow bokbaaivygies, yellow petsnot/duilkers, white kamille and light pruple kantblom

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s 

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

     

CEDERBERG AREA

 

LAMBERTS BAY

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        In town on vacant plots.  Lamberts Bay Golf Club.  Main road.  Dassiepoort 5km south and Panorama Park. The flowers from Graafwater to Lambertsbay  on the  R364 are extraordinarily beautiful. The Sishen Service road (behind the golf course) from  Lamberts Bay to Elands Bay have   fields of flowers.  The colours range from orange, yellow, purple, lilac and white. The flowers from Elands Bay to Redelinghuys  R366 are also beautiful and take the gravel road to Aurora for fields and fields of flowers of all types.

The gravel road 5km north of Lamberts Bay to Vredendal has fields of flowers. Remember to drive slowly, get out of your vehicle as many of the flowers are hidden amongst the bushes which are also starting to bloom. 

                                     

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                    Kapokbossie, Soetgousblom, Wit sôe gousblom, jonkmansknoop, weeskindertjies, vingerpol, bokhorinkies, rooimalva, suring, kruidjie roer my nie, skilpadbessie, lewertjie, sandganna, pietsnot, vygies, bloupypies, rotstert & bobbejaantjies.                

                                                             

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Patches,  fields  plenty – depending on area – see above

 

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

AREND DE WAAL FLOWER ROUTE  083 354 1788  Weekends only.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

CLANWILLIAM

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERSN7 between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam (plenty/patches), Old Klawer road from Klawer to Clanwilliam (gravel, patches), patches in and around the town. Boskloof road (gravel, patches) and Ou Kaapse Weg (gravel road along the Olifants Rvier towards Citrusdal plenty/patches). Biedouw Valley (patches/few), Nardouwsberg (circular drive of 88 km on gravel, plenty/fields)

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS: Gousblom, pietsnot, oranje harpuis, bokbaaivygie, Elandsvy, wit harpuis, tulp,  sandvygie, vygiebos, ridderspoor, hongerblom, sambreeltjies, rapuisbos, jakkalsbos, harpuisbos of Clanwilliam madeliefie, Vaalperdebos, Perdebos, sporrie, kalkoentjies, ridderspoor, skilpadbessie, geelknopbos, bottergousblom, Bittergousblom, viooltjie       

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

CITRUSDAL

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam on the N7

  On the R303, on your way to Op die berg

  Between Boontjiesrivier and Boschkloof

  On the old Clanwilliam road towards Algeria

                                                         On both sides of the  Bo-rivier road

                                                  On The Baths road

 

Drive slowly along the roads and remember to keep the sun at your back.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:     Orange daisy, yellow flowers, Cape rain daisy, reenblom, blou sporieblom, Clanwilliam harpuis, pienk vyggies,skilpadbessie, perde bos, viooltjie, berg magrietjies,

Cederberg daisy, bokbaaivygie, gousblom, bokhorinkies, white daisy, blombos, purple kalkoentjie, swart kopie, white katstert, botter blom, fluweel blom, suikerkan, bergsuurkannol, spelde kusing,

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:            Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

 

NAMAQUA WEST COAST

 

HARDEVELD

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:                  On the N7 towards Nuwerus and Bitterfontein

                                                          From Bitterfontein to Molvlei/Rietpoort

                                                          Gravel road from Landplaas towards Bitterfontein.

                                                          On farm Landplaas and surroundings.

                                                          Perdekop farm on Pofadder road.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Namaqua Daisies / Perdeblomme / Beetle Daisies / Vygies

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

VANRHYNSDORP

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:                  On the N7 North of Vanrhynsdorp.

                                                          On road towards Gifberg.

                                                          Along the streets in town.

                                                          Ouberg surroundings

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                                 Karoo Daisy / Poublommetjies (Osteospermun)

                                                          Beetle Daisy (Gorteria).Wilde malva(Pelargomium

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

                                               

FLOWER SHOWS:

          Name: Succulent Show

          Date & Time: August and September 2012 Every Day 08:00 – 17:00

          Venue: VANRHYNSDORP

          Admission: R10.00 PP

          Contact detail: 0272191062 (Brink/Amanda)

 

 

VREDENDAL, KLAWER towards LUTZVILLE, STRANDFONTEIN & DORINGBAAI

 

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:                  From Klawer along the R362 & R363 towards

                                                          Vredendal.

                                                          Along the R362 from Lutzville towards Doringbaai.

 

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                                 Karoo Daisy / Poublommetjies (Osteospermun)

                                                          Beetle Daisy (Gorteria),Gazania’s, yellow perdebos.

 

HOW MANY FLOWERS:  Fields / Plenty / Patches / Few

 

 

         For more info on other Attractions and Events in the West Coast region, please visit our website on www.capewestcoast.org, or contact our office on Tel: 022 433 8505.

 

 

NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

 

 

Hi all

 

Rainfall, Skilpad section, Namaqua National Park:

 

April 2012: 13.71mm

May 2012: 14.74mm

June 2012: 86.62mm

July 2012: 35.30mm

August 2012: 68.81mm

September 2012: 0.0mm (to date)

 

The Skilpad and surrounding areas have spectacular flowers (see photos).

 

Although the orange and yellow carpets are still very much in evidence, this is the time for variety. It is worthwhile to just stop and look closer on the walking trails and side of the roads (without walking into the flowers!) The Gazanias, Senecios, Sambreeltjies (Felicia sp.) T’neitjie (Pelargonium incrassium); Sporries (Heliophila sp); Bobbejaantjies (Babiana sp); vygies and countless other species are now at their peak.

 

There are now flowers all over the park, with the road from Skilpad to Soebatsfontein, and particularly around Soebatsfontein, a must-see for visitors with high ground clearance vehicles.

 

If you have a 4x4 vehicle the coastal section from the Spoeg river to the Groen river is excellent for a variety of colors.

 

The road to Skilpad, with the 4 km just before the park, is still one of the best drives around.

 

The road to Skilpad from Kamieskroon has been graded.

 

Kind regards

 

BERNARD VAN LENTE

PARK MANAGER: NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS

PO BOX 117

KAMIESKROON

8241

TEL: +27 (0)27 672 1948

FAX: +27 (0)27 672 1015

CELL: +27 (0)83 640 4915

 

VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.sanparks.org

Photos taken by Bernard van Lente, in the Namaqua National Park.

Photos taken by Bernard van Lente, inside the Namaqua National Park.

 

NAMAKWA TOURISM FLOWER REPORT

NAMAKWA TOURISM

FLOWER UPDATE 

AUGUST 2012

 

Dear All

 

We are proud to announce that the Namakwa region is in bloom.   The spring flowers is out in various colours like the orange daisies,  yellow peit snot and white daisies.   Our rainfall figures had also improved over the past weeks and we have defnatly more flowers to

show tourists coming from all over South-Africa and even from abroad.  

 

Flower routes can be explored in towns like Springbok,  Nababeep,  Okiep,  Concordia,  Kamieskroon,  Kharkams,  Garies, on the road between Kleinzee and Port Nolloth,  Niewoudtville and Calvinia.  Calvinia is also the host of the Hantam Vleisfees this weekend of 24 August 2012.   Namakwa Tourism will exhibit this weekend at this above mentioned event.  Tourists in the area  are more than  welcome  to visit our stand at the festival on the Calvinia showgrounds.

 

Our Namakwa National Park near Kamieskroon and the Goegap Nature Reserve near Springbok are also in bloom.

 

We wishes  you all a lovely sunny weekend.

 

Tips for viewing flowers.

As the flowers also face the sun, a good general principle is to travel north relatively quickly and then do most of your flower viewing in a southerly direction so that the flowers are always facing you.

 

  • The flowers are at their best between 11:00am and 16:pm in the afternoon so there is no need to rush out straight after breakfast, (unless you have some traveling to do before you get to the flower region).

 

  • The flowers will not come out in heavily overcast or rainy weather so you should plan to visit other sights on such days. Keep this fact in mind planning your trip.

 

  • The displays are noticeably better if you travel with the sun behind you so that the flowers are facing you. So when planning your daily route, try to travel in a westerly direction in the morning, southerly during the day and turn east in the afternoon.

 

  • Get out of your car and walk amongst the flowers – you will appreciate them so much more.

 

  • The petal-like structures of daisy and vygie flowers only begin to open out once they have reached a threshold temperature, which is usually 20 °C on the coast and 17 °C on the cooler uplands.

 

The flowers season peaks between early August and late September and its delights depend on the winter rains. Some years are better than others. If there has been a steady flow of cold fronts during the winter, then it is likely to be a good flower season. However spring temperatures are also important. If it heats up too quickly then the early visitors have glorious sunshine but the flowers do not last very long.

 

The Catch 22 is that lots of rain means good flower displays. But if it continues to rain during the spring, then it’s not so much fun to view the flowers!

 

As a general rule the wild flowers begin first in the north in Namaqualand in late July/early August and then advance southwards through Niewoudtville and the Cederberg towards the West Coast as September begins. Thus if you are planning a trip for early to mid September, you will be too late for Namaqualand but fine for the West Coast around Darling and Langebaan. Similarly if you are coming in mid August then the best displays will be further north – generally speaking…