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March Fynbos Rambles to Silvermine and Smitswinkel Bay

   by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity   in Cape Town, South Africa   Hiking among wildflowers in the mountains around Cape Town   Back in March our first hike was to Noordhoek Fire Lookout . Last one with a twirly start at 08:30. And that view of my Table Mountain with Devil's Peak to the right.   Table Mountain from Silvermine At Disa ferruginea we were divebombed by Table Mountain Beauty butterfly - large and lovely - but took off as I focused! Erica ericoides the usual pink. Ifloga has fascicles of leaves. New development on a former kaolin mine . Strip the vegetation, leaving strategic pines for fires?   Noordhoek Fire Lookout March flowers Looped around Silvermine Village , which is kinder to its firebreak wildflowers. Starting again at 09:30 - flower time! An unusual Brunsvigia orientalis , just the one - in white with soft yellow stripes along the petals.   White Brunsvigia orientalis  Silvermine in March Neighbouring plant striped

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