Spring flowers at Ramskop
By Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
|At Ramskop September 2012|
Sparaxis metelerkampiae, Satyrium, Euryops
Geranium, Wachendorfia, Sparaxis
Gladiolus, Pelargonium echinatum, Gazania
Clanwilliam is in the Cederberg, but the cedar trees Widdringtonia cedarbergensis for which the mountains are named, battle to survive.
|At Ramskop September 2012|
First the flower church in Clanwilliam, and then we strolled thru the Ramskop Nature Garden in August 2010. The nature reserve was established in 1960. Cared for and nurtured by workers (from the Cederberg municipality) and volunteers. One tenth of the 66 hectares is planted. The rest is Nama Karroo, by Nature.
|Daisy beetles |
Every flower has little lives lived alongside it. Whether I try to photograph beetles and bugs or not! There are beetle daisies (Gorteria diffusa where the peacock eyes of Gazanias morph into live beetles). And daisy beetles – large, small, brown, yellow, striped, spotted or plain, pollen covered or shimmering metallic.
Two whitebacked mousebirds. In our Porterville fig trees we had redfaced mousebirds and I'm planning and adding berry trees to encourage them to our new False Bay garden.
North of Clanwilliam is Nieuwoudtville (and the Hantam NBG), the Bulb Capital of the world. Everywhere, fynbos on the mountain slopes, on sand drifts nearer the sea, in fields and damp hollows – we have bulbs.
|Gladiolus caryophyllaceus and Gladiolus venustus|
|Ramskop bulbs August 2010|
Top left a low yellow Oxalis, green and white striped Albuca. Top right Sparaxis? Bottom delicate white Chlorophytum (related to your Hen-and-chickens or spider plant) and 2 Lachenalias, namaquensis with the colour-coded mauve stem.
|Prickles and fluff |
Left Berkheya fruticosa with slender petals and ‘holly’ leaves. Right the wild rosemary Eriocephalus africanus we saw, still in flower, at the Karoo garden.
The commonorgarden blue kingfisher daisy Felicia has an annual cousin. A deeper blue and has a wonderful blue heart, instead of the usual yellow. And an unusual pink variety.
|Felicia heterophylla August 2010|
When you see drifts of blue in the fields (hopefully not Paterson's Curse) it will be this small and beautiful relative of mustard and cabbage, blue flax Heliophila coronopifolia.
Ramskop August 2010
From the ridiculous to the sublime. Wild orchids. The yallery-green is Satyrium bicorne. The reddish is Satyrium erectum.
Leucospermum reflexum, the rocket pincushion protea is found only in the north-eastern Cederberg.
|Yellow rocket pincushion|
The twist in the tale
Spring flower shows 2015
Cape West Coast flower reports
Hopefield Fynbos Show 27 to 30 August
Bredasdorp Cape Floral Kingdom Expo 27 to 30 August
Clanwilliam 27 August to 5 September
Caledon Wildflower Show 1 to 7 September
Darling 18 to 20 September
Hermanus, Fernkloof Nature Reserve 24 to 27 September
Open Gardens 2015
McGregor Open Gardens 10 to 11 October
Franschhoek Open Gardens 23 to 25 October
Bedford Garden Festival 23 to 25 October
Elgin Open Gardens 31 October, 1, 7 and 8 November
Pictures by Diana and Jurg Studer
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