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July in our False Bay garden and my first lockdown hike

by Diana Studer- gardening for biodiversityin Cape Town, South AfricaThis week was my first lockdown hike, our Fynbos Ramble. We began at Slangkop lighthouse in Kommetjie and hiked up the slope to Slangkop and the ruined WWII radar station. A timeless view across to Hout Bay magically rising out of the morning mist. Pristine nature except the path we walked on (I will ignore the trig beacon my laptop found)The mountainside scattered with gold. Daisies and proteas. Low mounds covered in lime gold bracts Leucadendron salignum. Prickly leaved Cullumia setosa. Snaking along the ground Leucospermum hypophyllocarpodendron.A blue and white day. Disperis capensis, orchid posing next to the path for a photo. Staavia radiata with its central pink flowers was our clue. Lobostemon montanus a soft smoky blue like rosemary, which glowed true blue in the landscape when the sun caught it.We aimed for Audouinia capitata. We knew, what it looked like (seen at Cape Point - where we may drive, but not hi…

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