30 September, 2015

Have you seen this Iris?

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

We explored the hiking trails thru the spring flowers at the West Coast National Park in September 2010. When I go walking I want to stop, and watch bugs, and photograph flowers. Take my time, and enjoy myself. There are cycling trails of 30 or 70 km, or 13 km on a mountain bike. Hiking trails are one or two days – but we chose the Bakoor Trail, just 4.6 km.

Hyobanche sanguinea A parasite on someone else's roots


23 September, 2015

Our False Bay garden in September

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

Wall planter with Ceropegia has moved to a formal suit home on the East Patio.

East patio with wall planter and Ceropegia


16 September, 2015

Shipwreck Trail at Cape Point

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

We came to live in False Bay to hike at Cape Point and, since last November, this is the first time we did. It was a clear and very windy day last week. Yesterday a lightning strike started another fire above Simon's Town. Today's gentle soaking rain has ended that fire. 

The Shipwreck Trail circles around along the beach then up to the ridge. Head down into the wind. Next time, we'll try circling the other way with windblown sand NOT in our eyes.

Olifantsbos Bay


09 September, 2015

Dung beetles to flamingoes in the West Coast National Park

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

The years slip busily by. In 2010 we went to the West Coast National Park on a hiking trail thru the spring flowers. 2014 before we did return to the flowers!

In 2010 an 'exotic' Ferraria iris was in our photo flower haul.

Removing invasive alien trees in Berg River Municipality September 2010


02 September, 2015

Spring flowers at Hantam National Botanical Garden

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

We came into Nieuwoudtville up the Van Rhyns Pass, built by Thomas Bain in 1880, alongside Oorlogskloof. Around the town is a wide flat plain thru which the Doring River suddenly drops, down a long waterfall into a deep, totally unexpected valley. A little rock agama lizard kept me company, running like hell, then freezing when I looked at him.

Rock agama lizard at Doring River