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Hiking up Table Mountain and in Silvermine

by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity in Cape Town, South Africa
Our second Botanical Ramble was harder. Quietly battling to get my camera to capture the flowers - now - BEFORE the breeze smacks it into another nasty blur. Then sprinting to catch up. We walked to the waterfall, not down to the big drop, but turning up to the Amphitheatre. Since we have moved to False Bay the wow plant for me is Mimetes in bloom. One of the proteas which proves that they deserve to be named after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form. This shrub is big enough to hide a car. The flowers sing out in dusky pink, silver and hints of lime gold.


Such a delight to watch a 'live stream' and the waterfall tumbling over the rocks as Cape Town waits eagerly for more winter rain. We should get 10 mm around 6 tomorrow morning. Hoping for two full rain tanks!

The red Gladiolus bonaspei (endemic to the Cape Peninsula) was the eye candy this time - I needed the Ungardener to hold still - so I…

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