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Inkspot and spider orchids on October hikes

by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity in Cape Town, South Africa
Our first home was here, in the red circle. High up on the edge of Camps Bay. Once we had fire blazing on three sides, above, below and beyond in all the wild green areas. Such huge flames that we could have read in the garden 'by firelight'!

When we lived there, we would walk along the Pipe Track. Those paths and jeep tracks (for the fire fighters) which you see winding above the houses. Would never have imagined that all these decades older he would hike up Kasteelspoort to the very top of the mountains. Which were my guardian angels for most of my life.
Or that the very next day the Twelve Apostles fire would rage!

We walked at Brakkloofrand and found the inkspot orchid Disa cornuta.

Protea scolymocephala bushes covered in masses of Goldilocks perfect sized flowers (on my wish list but the plants are short lived). Leucadendron coniferum the female cone blushed with red and silver shimmer. Serruria glomera…

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