24 September, 2014

A Swartland garden in September

- gardening for biodiversity

The ash trees are in full ruffled petticoat ball gowns. Morning after the ball, I pick up fallen flounces. Trim as Prince Charles at Highgrove said - send the cows into the park, the trees need trimming. I stretch my arms wide ... and trim to shoulder height. Our maids of the forest have changed from gold flashes on lime to a clear crisp apple green. The plums are veiled in blossom like brides. Tree following.

Ash and plum trees with lavender

17 September, 2014

Postberg and Darling for spring flowers

- gardening for biodiversity

This September we did get to Postberg Flower Reserve in the West Coast National Park for the spring flowers. Free entry with our Wild Card. There are stern notices to Stay In Your Car, except at the picnic and parking spots. In 2010 we enjoyed walking the Bakoor Trail. Next year we will hike the trail again! Disconcertingly we are no longer allowed to walk into that view beyond the cars parked along the road to the right.

Didelta at Plankiesbaai


11 September, 2014

Sevilla Rock Art Trail

- gardening for biodiversity

We've rushed from Clanwilliam across the Pakhuis Pass on the road to Wuppertal, past the sign for Sevilla Rock Art Trail, when heading to the Biedouw Valley for spring flowers. Not in 2014!

This trail is recommended in spring or autumn if you want flowers AND cave paintings. Easy walking, with a little rock scrambling. Summer would be very hot, across the rock outcrop with little shade, and winter would be tricky if the river was high. Our day was perfect with a few wisps of cloud.

Melianthus comosus at Sevilla Rock Art Trail

Photographs and Copyright

Photographs are from Diana Studer or Jurg Studer.
My Canon PowerShot A490

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Midnight in Darkest Africa

Midnight in Darkest Africa
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