30 May, 2014

Cycad Trail in the Zuurberg

 - gardening for biodiversity 
in Cape Town, South Africa

The Ungardener is a game-watcher - warthogs, elephants and vervet monkeys at Addo. I prefer to walk, look at birds, and flowers. Tourists are allowed on hiking trails in national parks, but only where there are no lions about. 

Addo has 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes. Spekboom forms the Sub-tropical thicket. In the Zuurberg we have an overlap from the Nama Karoo. Expecting fynbos, but we find huge aloes. 

Aloes at Zuurberg

22 May, 2014

Vervet monkeys, the big 7 and the small 5 at Addo

 - gardening for biodiversity 
in Cape Town, South Africa

Driving across the Karoo in March 2010, we are heading for Addo. The aloes have huge spikes of buds, where we see red begin to glow. Animal in the road? We get closer - it’s a little kangaroo hopping across the road? A troop of vervet monkeys! They disappear into the straggle of thorn trees along the dry river bed. 

Vervet monkey

16 May, 2014

Autumn hearts and roses for Nic's anniversary

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

Our garden is poised at that moment when the autumn leaves blaze and fall, and the aloe torches catch fire for winter. 

Plum and Pride of India

08 May, 2014

Elephants and the Armstrong Fence at Addo

 - gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

From the Ungardener’s Tour Guide Spiel -- Addo Elephant National Park (Addo from kadow = a river crossing) 

Elephants at waterhole in Addo