26 August, 2015

Our False Bay garden in August

By Diana Studer 
- gardening for biodiversity 
 in Cape Town, South Africa

In August I planted Summer Gold, completing the side of the garden off the 'conservatory' and along the bedroom windows. The hippo marks the boundary for End of Month View.

Summer Gold and Spring Promise


19 August, 2015

Spring flowers at Ramskop

By Diana Studer 
- gardening for biodiversity 
 in Cape Town, South Africa

In spring the Western Cape decks itself in its finest gala ball gown – that is when the human swallows get hooked. Once upon a time plantmadnige wrote that South Africa is eye wateringly beautiful. Early September 2012 we went to the Ramskop Wildflower Garden at Clanwilliam. That day, the weather was perfect - sunny, warm and still - the daisies don't open before 10, or after 4, or if it's cloudy, or windy, or chilly. With flowers everywhere once we escaped Porterville’s wheat farmers with their UNgreen verges.

At Ramskop September 2012
Sparaxis metelerkampiae, Satyrium, Euryops
Geranium, Wachendorfia, Sparaxis
Gladiolus, Pelargonium echinatum, Gazania


12 August, 2015

Journey to Clanwilliam's Flower Church

By Diana Studer 
- gardening for biodiversity 
 in Cape Town, South Africa 

Spring Flowers in the Cape. 2015 Clanwilliam Flower Show 27th August to 5th September. We've been north to Namaqualand. August 2010 we went to Clanwilliam. If you are in a hurry you can rush on the N7. Or you can go on the R44 to Citrusdal, short stretch on the N7 until you reach the turnoff to Algeria and the Cederberg. My Cape Fold Belt mountains have flowers to their shoulders in the spring.

Osteospermum oppositifolium in August 2010


05 August, 2015

Cape Agulhas and the Two Oceans Hiking Trail

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Mid-July we went way down south. To Cape Agulhas. The southernmost tip of Africa. Next stop Antarctica, which is appropriate since its mid-winter. We stayed in a chalet at Agulhas National Park.

Looking at the sea from our chalet
at Agulhas National Park