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I've never grown Livingstone daisies, Cleretum bellidiforme, before, for no reason other than, (I'm afraid to admit) being a plant snob.
They always struck me as garish, which is perhaps surprising, as I don't normally shy away from strident colour in the garden.
I decided to give a small tray of reduced and uninspiring looking plants a go at the tail end of May. However after planting they were ravaged by slugs who mounted a sustained attack so have looked awful for weeks.
Only now, at the tail end of summer, have they managed to establish and are beginning to push out their vibrant blooms. I've already been completely won over and will definitely grow them again next year, with protection from the molluscs!
The blooms, like so many south African daisies, only open in good light, so will remain steadfastly shut on dull and rainy days. However, when the sun shined their vibrancy is unsurpassed. •



#mesembryanthemum #cleretum #cleretumbellidiforme #livingstonedaisy #capeplants #southafricanplants #bokbaaivygie #aizoaceae #caryophyllales #plantstagram🌿🍃 #plantsplantsplants #trädgård #planten #flowersofinstagram #flowerstagram #instaflower #gardeningcommunity #plantenabler #plantporn #plantclub #plantcommunity #gardencommunity #gardenclub

I've never grown Livingstone daisies, Cleretum bellidiforme, before, for no reason other than, (I'm afraid to admit) being a plant snob. 
They always struck me as garish, which is perhaps surprising, as I don't normally shy away from strident colour in the garden. 
I decided to give a small tray of reduced and uninspiring looking plants a go at the tail end of May. However after planting they were ravaged by slugs who mounted a sustained attack so have looked awful for weeks. 
Only now, at the tail end of summer, have they managed to establish and are beginning to push out their vibrant blooms. I've already been completely won over and will definitely grow them again next year, with protection from the molluscs!
The blooms, like so many south African daisies, only open in good light, so will remain steadfastly shut on dull and rainy days.  However, when the sun shined their vibrancy is unsurpassed. •
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#mesembryanthemum #cleretum #cleretumbellidiforme #livingstonedaisy #capeplants #southafricanplants #bokbaaivygie #aizoaceae #caryophyllales #plantstagram🌿🍃 #plantsplantsplants #trädgård #planten #flowersofinstagram #flowerstagram #instaflower #gardeningcommunity #plantenabler #plantporn #plantclub #plantcommunity #gardencommunity #gardenclub
184 18 10 September, 2019

My Ferraria divaricata plants are still flowering well. These are really fun to grow. #ferrariadivaricata #ferraria #iridaceae #iris #irisfamily #geophyte #capebulbs #flowerbulbs #greenflowers #capeplants #rareplants

My Ferraria divaricata plants are still flowering well. These are really fun to grow. #ferrariadivaricata #ferraria #iridaceae #iris #irisfamily #geophyte #capebulbs #flowerbulbs #greenflowers #capeplants #rareplants
93 2 28 July, 2019

Hermannia saccifera flowering next to the roads in the Overberg #hermannia #hermanniasaccifera #malvaceae #overberg #renosterveld #capeplants

Hermannia saccifera flowering next to the roads in the Overberg #hermannia #hermanniasaccifera #malvaceae #overberg #renosterveld #capeplants
64 0 27 July, 2019

Staying with the variegated plants theme, Ficinia 'Ice Crystals' revisited.

Staying with the variegated plants theme, Ficinia 'Ice Crystals' revisited.
110 6 12 July, 2019

Ficinia truncata 'Ice Crystal' - Frosty Sedge

Ficinia truncata 'Ice Crystal' - Frosty Sedge
72 3 11 June, 2019

Keep it in Ya Plants! 🌸🌲
Come shop >> complimentary tissues 👌
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We’re usually hoping for ☀️, but ready for some good 🌧 to help us with our #pollenissues!
#capecod #capeplants #pollen #capeshopping #shoppingisfun #capecodshopping #weekendisalmosthere post from @t_h_e_mark

Keep it in Ya Plants! 🌸🌲
Come shop >> complimentary tissues 👌
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We’re usually hoping for ☀️, but ready for some good 🌧 to help us with our #pollenissues! 
#capecod #capeplants #pollen #capeshopping #shoppingisfun #capecodshopping #weekendisalmosthere post from @t_h_e_mark
396 8 6 June, 2019

Fluffy fynbos glowing in the mountain wind ✨
Jonkershoek National Park, Stellenbosch
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#fynbos #capeplants #jonkershoek #wildflowers #capemountains #stellies #southafricanflora #magical #fluffyplants #freestateliving #naturalnomad #illumanaughti

Fluffy fynbos glowing in the mountain wind ✨ 
Jonkershoek National Park, Stellenbosch
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#fynbos #capeplants #jonkershoek #wildflowers #capemountains #stellies #southafricanflora #magical #fluffyplants #freestateliving #naturalnomad #illumanaughti
35 2 8 April, 2019

Obsessed with Cape Town and it’s magical mountains 🏔Get me in that cliff face!

Obsessed with Cape Town and it’s magical mountains 🏔Get me in that cliff face!
91 3 13 hours ago

Pretty rare and seldom seen, #Disa vasselotii occurs on high South facing slopes of the #Langeberg #Outeniqua and #tsitsikamma #mountains. Like many #Cape #orchids it only flowers after fire. Seen out #hiking with the @rimofafrica #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #fynbos #adventure #postfireflowers #bulbs #springbulbs

Pretty rare and seldom seen, #Disa vasselotii occurs on high South facing slopes of the #Langeberg #Outeniqua and #tsitsikamma #mountains. Like many #Cape #orchids it only flowers after fire. Seen out #hiking with the @rimofafrica #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #fynbos #adventure #postfireflowers #bulbs #springbulbs
108 5 21 November, 2018

The three-flowered pagoda, Mimetes pauciflorus #Proteaceae found high up in the #Outeniqua #mountains. This species is listed as Vulnerable due to loss of habitat #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #fynbos #redlistofsouthafricanplants #rimofafrica #hiking #botany #adventure

The three-flowered pagoda, Mimetes pauciflorus #Proteaceae found high up in the #Outeniqua #mountains. This species is listed as Vulnerable due to loss of habitat #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #fynbos #redlistofsouthafricanplants #rimofafrica #hiking #botany #adventure
121 2 21 November, 2018

Cape Town has some of the most amazing flora and fauna in the world! The Stellenbosch Botanical Garden is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. Although quite small, it is home to a enormous diversity of plants. The garden supports research and the training of students within the Stellenbosch University, and is definitely worth a visit.
#botanicalgarden #stellenboschgarden #capegardens #capeplants #capetowntravel #capetownvisit #carrental #carhire #capetown #experiencecapetown #southafricacarrenral #explorecapetown #exploreafrica🦁 #sacarrental🚘 #sagoodvibesonly

Cape Town has some of the most amazing flora and  fauna in the world! The Stellenbosch Botanical Garden is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. Although quite small, it is home to a enormous diversity of plants. The garden supports research and the training of students within the Stellenbosch University, and is definitely worth a visit. 
#botanicalgarden #stellenboschgarden #capegardens #capeplants #capetowntravel #capetownvisit #carrental #carhire #capetown #experiencecapetown #southafricacarrenral  #explorecapetown #exploreafrica🦁 #sacarrental🚘 #sagoodvibesonly
17 2 13 November, 2018

Kukumakranka cronicles

Its been 6 months since my last cronicle post: the dormant period for these interesting Amaryllids. After the thunderstorm-esque weather over the weekend, and minutes after the downpour yesterday afternoon these flowers burst up from the previously dry pot. I am flabbergasted.
The snails are having a field day though, I recon a mid rain snail harvest for escargot is in order, perfect revenge for losing two flowers to the glutenous beasts.
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#kukumakrankacronicles #kukumakranka #amaryllid #lillies #scent #eruption #flowers #gethyllis #cfr #fynbos #gethyllislanuginuosa #plantsofinstagram #geophyte #flowers #capeplants

Kukumakranka cronicles

Its been 6 months since my last cronicle post: the dormant period for these interesting Amaryllids. After the thunderstorm-esque weather over the weekend, and minutes after the downpour yesterday afternoon these flowers burst up from the previously dry pot. I am flabbergasted.
The snails are having a field day though, I recon a mid rain snail harvest for escargot is in order, perfect revenge for losing two flowers to the glutenous beasts.
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#kukumakrankacronicles #kukumakranka #amaryllid #lillies #scent #eruption #flowers #gethyllis #cfr #fynbos #gethyllislanuginuosa #plantsofinstagram #geophyte #flowers #capeplants
141 7 5 November, 2018

Gladiolus rogersii, the #riversdale blue bell flowering post fire in the #Outeniqua #mountains #cfr #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #iridaceae #botany #springbulbs #rimofafrica

Gladiolus rogersii, the #riversdale blue bell flowering post fire in the #Outeniqua #mountains #cfr #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #iridaceae #botany #springbulbs #rimofafrica
84 2 17 October, 2018

Moraea tripetala is common, widespread and variable species, but still one of my favourites. It was the first plant that I learnt the Latin name for. Never get bored of it. This rather magenta form was flowering after a fire in the #Outeniqua #mountains #cfr #ilovewildflowers #capeplants #iridaceae #botany #rimofafrica #springbulbs

Moraea tripetala is common, widespread and variable species, but still one of my favourites. It was the first plant that I learnt the Latin name for. Never get bored of it. This rather magenta form was flowering after a fire in the #Outeniqua #mountains #cfr #ilovewildflowers #capeplants #iridaceae #botany #rimofafrica #springbulbs
62 1 17 October, 2018
Drosanthemum species near #robertson #aizoaceae #vygie #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #succulents #springflowers
52 0 17 October, 2018

Satyrium coriifolium from the #orchidaceae is a common species in the #cfr. It seems to be happy with some disturbance as seen here next to the N2 #orchid #capeplants #springbulbs #fynbos #ilovewildflowers #roadside #botany

Satyrium coriifolium from the #orchidaceae is a common species in the #cfr. It seems to be happy with some disturbance as seen here next to the N2 #orchid #capeplants #springbulbs #fynbos #ilovewildflowers #roadside #botany
87 5 17 October, 2018

The rocket #pincushion Leucospermum reflexum var. reflexum is a North #cederberg endemic. Only know from around 15 subpopulations this species is pretty rare and outside of the protected areas is threatened by #rooibos tea cultivation, and is considered #nearthreatened. It grows in sandy soils close to streams in mountain #fynbos. This pincushion is common in gardens but this is the first time I have seen it in its natural habitat #stoked #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #Proteaceae #hiking #rimofafrica #adventure

The rocket #pincushion Leucospermum reflexum var. reflexum is a North #cederberg endemic. Only know from around 15 subpopulations this species is pretty rare and outside of the protected areas is threatened by #rooibos tea cultivation, and is considered #nearthreatened. It grows in sandy soils close to streams in mountain #fynbos. This pincushion is common in gardens but this is the first time I have seen it in its natural habitat #stoked #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #Proteaceae #hiking #rimofafrica #adventure
104 2 5 October, 2018

Wurmbea stricta of the #Colchicaceae family is commonly known as the #vleiblommetjie (afrikaans for Marsh flower). As the name suggests it grows in seasonally wet areas in the #cfr. #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #springbulbs #bulbs

Wurmbea stricta of the #Colchicaceae family is commonly known as the #vleiblommetjie (afrikaans for Marsh flower). As the name suggests it grows in seasonally wet areas in the #cfr. #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #springbulbs #bulbs
67 0 2 October, 2018

The Critically Endangered Leucadendron stellare from the #Proteaceae family. A healthy population found in the #Swartland. #redlistofsouthafricanplants #criticallyendangered #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #springflowers #botany

The Critically Endangered Leucadendron stellare from the #Proteaceae family. A healthy population found in the #Swartland. #redlistofsouthafricanplants #criticallyendangered #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #springflowers #botany
49 0 2 October, 2018

Super excited to find the Critically Endangered Babiana secunda. This member of the #iridaceae family is only known from around 3 small subpopulations in the #Swartland. Found in a relatively intact patch of Critically Endangered Swartland Shale Renosterveld that transitions into another critically endangered vegetation type, Swarland Alluvium Fynbos. We found another population closer to Gouda on previously disturbed farmlands with thousands of plants. #redlistofsouthafricanplants #criticallyendangered #Swartland #bulbs #springbulbs #capeplants #ilovewildflowers

Super excited to find the Critically Endangered Babiana secunda. This member of the #iridaceae family is only known from around 3 small subpopulations in the #Swartland. Found in a relatively intact patch of Critically Endangered Swartland Shale Renosterveld that transitions into another critically endangered vegetation type, Swarland Alluvium Fynbos. We found another population closer to Gouda on previously disturbed farmlands with thousands of plants. #redlistofsouthafricanplants #criticallyendangered #Swartland #bulbs #springbulbs #capeplants #ilovewildflowers
83 4 2 October, 2018

Lachenalia contaminata from the #hyacinthaceae would have been common in seasonally wet flats in the Western Cape but has lost much of its habitat to urban expansion and agriculture and is now listed as Near Threatened. #redlistofsouthafricanplants #springbulbs #ilovewildflowers #renosterveld #nearthreatened #capeplants #bulbs

Lachenalia contaminata from the #hyacinthaceae would have been common in seasonally wet flats in the Western Cape but has lost much of its habitat to urban expansion and agriculture and is now listed as Near Threatened. #redlistofsouthafricanplants #springbulbs #ilovewildflowers #renosterveld #nearthreatened #capeplants #bulbs
74 5 2 October, 2018

Haworthia cooperii var pilifera native to the Eastern Cape (ZA)
#haworthia #cooperii #africansucculents #floraofafrica #succulents #succulentsofafrica #capeplants

Haworthia cooperii var pilifera native to the Eastern Cape (ZA) 
#haworthia #cooperii #africansucculents #floraofafrica #succulents #succulentsofafrica #capeplants
22 0 8 September, 2018

Gladiolus orchidiflorus is rare outside #namaqualand. Found today on the outskirts of #Capetown. Growing in a disturbed area in deepish sand over clay close to #renosterveld. Amazingly scented this is one of my favourite #bulbs #capeplants #conservation #iridaceae #botany #ilovewildflowers #searchandrescue #springbulbs

Gladiolus orchidiflorus is rare outside #namaqualand. Found today on the outskirts of #Capetown. Growing in a disturbed area in deepish sand over clay close to #renosterveld. Amazingly scented this is one of my favourite #bulbs #capeplants #conservation #iridaceae #botany #ilovewildflowers #searchandrescue #springbulbs
74 4 7 September, 2018
Cleretum bellidiformes the #bokbaaivygie and friends #capeplants #succulents #springflowers #ilovewildflowers #botany
71 1 2 September, 2018

Moraea tulbaghensis from a bulb bought at the #kirstenbosch plant fair a few years ago #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #moraea #iridaceae #redlistofsouthafricanplants #springbulbs #bulbs

Moraea tulbaghensis from a bulb bought at the #kirstenbosch plant fair a few years ago #capeplants #ilovewildflowers #moraea #iridaceae #redlistofsouthafricanplants #springbulbs #bulbs
70 0 2 September, 2018

Moraea fugacissima flowering like mad in seepage areas after bush clearing #capeplants #iridaceae #ilovewildflowers #springbulbs #bulbs #moraea #botany

Moraea fugacissima flowering like mad in seepage areas after bush clearing #capeplants #iridaceae #ilovewildflowers #springbulbs #bulbs #moraea #botany
59 4 2 September, 2018

Lapeirousia pyramidalis subsp. pyramidalis is flowering in profusion next to the N1 near Worcester #capeplants #iridaceae #ilovewildflowers #bulbs #springbulbs #fynbos

Lapeirousia pyramidalis subsp. pyramidalis is flowering in profusion next to the N1 near Worcester #capeplants #iridaceae #ilovewildflowers #bulbs #springbulbs #fynbos
47 0 2 September, 2018

What’s for Tuesday Tea?

I’ve never been a fan of a cuppa Earl Grey with a splash of milk but since traveling I’ve fallen in love with herbal teas. And since I’m home surrounded by one of the richest and most diverse plant biomes in the world, I can’t help but take full advantage.

I’m starting to explore with making my own teas, foraging, collecting and researching the properties, benefits and folklore surrounding the usage of various plants, leaves, flowers and seeds in teas.

So I thought I’d share what I find and open up a platform for others to learn too, to share their knowledge, advice and suggestions on the perfect brew.

This week I went looking for some Buchu. I didn’t have to look very far, Levi and his mate, the traditional herbalists/ Rastafarians had a sprig if it laid out on their mat outside our favorite Kalk Bay Coffee shop.

“Buchu&Bells” he proclaimed as he answered my question about looking for a good tea.

So here’s more about it.
🌿 BUCHU
Latin name: Agathosma Lanceolata
Commonly known as Honey Buchu.
👃🏾: Licorice fragrance when leaves rubbed and crushed between fingers
⚗️: volatile oils; camphor, isomethone, diosphenol. ✳️: acts as a natural diuretic, also described as an aqueretic (Increases blood flow to kidneys, increasing Glomerular Filtration Rate), antiseptic properties also recognized for its carminative and laxative effects
🌝: used + loved by indigenous people of SA as a perfume, “kidney cleaner” and as an antiseptic, many other uses noted and described.
🥣: Used in teas, tinctures (flavoring alcohol typically brandy) soothing ointment, even used sprinkled into your bath water to help ease mechanical back ache and muscle cramps. • • • • • • • 🌿 BELS
Latin name: Osmitopsis Asteriscoides
Commonly known as Belskruie / Swamp daisy in Europe .
👃🏾: Leaves have a strong Camphor smell ⚗️: leaves contain volatile oils rich in Eucalyptol and Camphor.
✳️: used to alleviate coughs and hoarseness. Beneficial in treating catarrh (excessive discharge/build up of mucus in nose/throat associated with inflammation of mucus membranes) Used to treat influenza and fevers. It is also used externally...
REST BELOW

What’s for Tuesday Tea?
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I’ve never been a fan of a cuppa Earl Grey with a splash of milk but since traveling I’ve fallen in love with herbal teas. And since I’m home surrounded by one of the richest and most diverse plant biomes in the world, I can’t help but take full advantage.
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I’m starting to explore with making my own teas, foraging, collecting and researching the properties, benefits and folklore surrounding the usage of various plants, leaves, flowers and seeds in teas.
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So I thought I’d share what I find and open up a platform for others to learn too, to share their knowledge, advice and suggestions on the perfect brew.
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This week I went looking for some Buchu. I didn’t have to look very far, Levi and his mate, the traditional herbalists/ Rastafarians had a sprig if it laid out on their mat outside our favorite Kalk Bay Coffee shop.
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“Buchu&Bells” he proclaimed as he answered my question about looking for a good tea.
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So here’s more about it.
🌿 BUCHU
Latin name: Agathosma Lanceolata 
Commonly known as Honey Buchu.
👃🏾: Licorice fragrance when leaves rubbed and crushed between fingers
⚗️: volatile oils; camphor, isomethone, diosphenol. ✳️: acts as a natural diuretic, also described as an aqueretic (Increases blood flow to kidneys, increasing Glomerular Filtration Rate), antiseptic properties also recognized for its carminative and laxative effects
🌝: used + loved by indigenous people of SA as a perfume, “kidney cleaner” and as an antiseptic, many other uses noted and described.
🥣: Used in teas, tinctures (flavoring alcohol typically brandy) soothing ointment, even used sprinkled into your bath water to help ease mechanical back ache and muscle cramps. • • • • • • • 🌿 BELS 
Latin name: Osmitopsis Asteriscoides 
Commonly known as Belskruie / Swamp daisy in Europe .
👃🏾: Leaves have a strong Camphor smell ⚗️: leaves contain volatile oils rich in Eucalyptol and Camphor.
✳️: used to alleviate coughs and hoarseness. Beneficial in treating catarrh (excessive discharge/build up of mucus in nose/throat associated with inflammation of mucus membranes) Used to treat influenza and fevers. It is also used externally...
REST BELOW
190 11 29 August, 2018

Colour morphs

Pelargonium triste flower colour and pattern variation in the same population in our local dog park. These hardy rhizomatous plants are very common in sandy, disturbed areas like our urban park in Cape Town.  The dizzying genetic diversity is not limited to the flower morphology, the leaves vary from plant to plant also!

Can you believe the species name, triste, refers to the 'dull' flowers? The person who described the species must have stumbled onto a cream variation because I could find not one flower yesterday that I would describe as dull!

In my research on edible geophytes, this species keeps cropping up in the archaeology, ethnobotany and among contemporary Bossiedokters' collections on the streets of Cape Town.

Additionally, the leaves and flowers have a lovely scent easily used culinarily.

In my book there is no reason not to like this plant, and there is nothing dull about Pelargoinium triste. . .

#geophyte #capeplants #plantsofinstagram #pelargonium #archaeology #ethnobotany #indigenousedible #colourmorph #mauve #purple #dark #maroon #flower #spring

Colour morphs

Pelargonium triste flower colour and pattern variation in the same population in our local dog park. These hardy rhizomatous plants are very common in sandy, disturbed areas like our urban park in Cape Town.  The dizzying genetic diversity is not limited to the flower morphology, the leaves vary from plant to plant also!

Can you believe the species name, triste, refers to the 'dull' flowers? The person who described the species must have stumbled onto a cream variation because I could find not one flower yesterday that I would describe as dull!

In my research on edible geophytes, this species keeps cropping up in the archaeology, ethnobotany and among contemporary Bossiedokters' collections on the streets of Cape Town.

Additionally, the leaves and flowers have a lovely scent easily used culinarily.

In my book there is no reason not to like this plant, and there is nothing dull about Pelargoinium triste. . .

#geophyte #capeplants #plantsofinstagram #pelargonium #archaeology #ethnobotany #indigenousedible #colourmorph #mauve #purple #dark #maroon #flower #spring
113 8 29 August, 2018
Ferraria uncinata #capeplants #iridaceae #ilovewildflowers
61 4 25 August, 2018

Hesperantha bachmanii flowering enough masse in the #roadside #capeplants #iridaceae #botany #ilovewildflowers #fynbos

Hesperantha bachmanii flowering enough masse in the #roadside #capeplants #iridaceae #botany #ilovewildflowers #fynbos
46 0 20 August, 2018
#ferraria uncinata next to the road in #kapteinskloof #capeplants #bulbs #springbulbs #fynbos #iridaceae #ilovewildflowers
50 7 20 August, 2018

#gladiolus #violaceolineatus grows on damp south facing slopes in the #cederberg and surrounds #capeplants #bulbs #springbulbs #iridaceae #botany

#gladiolus #violaceolineatus grows on damp south facing slopes in the #cederberg and surrounds #capeplants #bulbs #springbulbs #iridaceae #botany
52 0 20 August, 2018

Top #capeplants posts

I am in heaven...in my line of work the worth of a book is immeasurable. For a postgraduate student to own these resources is unlikely...luckily for me Sanbi Bookshop made my dreams of owning these desk references and atlases a reality at a flippen fraction of the cost. #booksarelife #sanbi #botanyessentials #botany #ecology #capeplants #capefloralkingdom #research

I am in heaven...in my line of work the worth of a book is immeasurable. For a postgraduate student to own these resources is unlikely...luckily for me Sanbi Bookshop made my dreams of owning these desk references and atlases a reality at a flippen fraction of the cost. #booksarelife #sanbi #botanyessentials #botany #ecology #capeplants #capefloralkingdom #research
14 5 12 September, 2016

Protea susannae growing in Limestone Fynbos on the Agulhas Plain #fynbos #protea #overberg #proteasusannae #limestonefynbos #redlistofsouthafricanplants #proteaceae #capeplants

Protea susannae growing in Limestone Fynbos on the Agulhas Plain #fynbos #protea #overberg #proteasusannae #limestonefynbos #redlistofsouthafricanplants #proteaceae #capeplants
38 0 20 June, 2018

I've never grown Livingstone daisies, Cleretum bellidiforme, before, for no reason other than, (I'm afraid to admit) being a plant snob.
They always struck me as garish, which is perhaps surprising, as I don't normally shy away from strident colour in the garden.
I decided to give a small tray of reduced and uninspiring looking plants a go at the tail end of May. However after planting they were ravaged by slugs who mounted a sustained attack so have looked awful for weeks.
Only now, at the tail end of summer, have they managed to establish and are beginning to push out their vibrant blooms. I've already been completely won over and will definitely grow them again next year, with protection from the molluscs!
The blooms, like so many south African daisies, only open in good light, so will remain steadfastly shut on dull and rainy days. However, when the sun shined their vibrancy is unsurpassed. •



#mesembryanthemum #cleretum #cleretumbellidiforme #livingstonedaisy #capeplants #southafricanplants #bokbaaivygie #aizoaceae #caryophyllales #plantstagram🌿🍃 #plantsplantsplants #trädgård #planten #flowersofinstagram #flowerstagram #instaflower #gardeningcommunity #plantenabler #plantporn #plantclub #plantcommunity #gardencommunity #gardenclub

I've never grown Livingstone daisies, Cleretum bellidiforme, before, for no reason other than, (I'm afraid to admit) being a plant snob. 
They always struck me as garish, which is perhaps surprising, as I don't normally shy away from strident colour in the garden. 
I decided to give a small tray of reduced and uninspiring looking plants a go at the tail end of May. However after planting they were ravaged by slugs who mounted a sustained attack so have looked awful for weeks. 
Only now, at the tail end of summer, have they managed to establish and are beginning to push out their vibrant blooms. I've already been completely won over and will definitely grow them again next year, with protection from the molluscs!
The blooms, like so many south African daisies, only open in good light, so will remain steadfastly shut on dull and rainy days.  However, when the sun shined their vibrancy is unsurpassed. •
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#mesembryanthemum #cleretum #cleretumbellidiforme #livingstonedaisy #capeplants #southafricanplants #bokbaaivygie #aizoaceae #caryophyllales #plantstagram🌿🍃 #plantsplantsplants #trädgård #planten #flowersofinstagram #flowerstagram #instaflower #gardeningcommunity #plantenabler #plantporn #plantclub #plantcommunity #gardencommunity #gardenclub
184 18 10 September, 2019

The loveliest gift from mother nature on my birthday: Gladiolus angustus , a new one for me #nofilter #iridaceae #gladiolus #capeplants #cederberg #bestgiftever

The loveliest gift from mother nature on my birthday: Gladiolus angustus , a new one for me #nofilter #iridaceae #gladiolus #capeplants #cederberg #bestgiftever
26 2 20 November, 2016

Syncarpha canescens just coming into flower as the massive coldfront moved in over the Cederberg Mountains. Dramatic skies as much needed rain falls. A moment of peace and quite away from the city.
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#capeplants #fynbos #cfr #syncarpha #pink #flower #mountain #rain #dark #biodiversity #cederberg #botany

Syncarpha canescens just coming into flower as the massive coldfront moved in over the Cederberg Mountains. Dramatic skies as much needed rain falls. A moment of peace and quite away from the city.
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#capeplants #fynbos #cfr #syncarpha #pink #flower #mountain #rain #dark #biodiversity #cederberg #botany
93 5 21 May, 2018

Skilpadbessie (Nylandtia spinosa) in the Cederberg.
Pink florets on purple stemmed spikes, a unique form. These flowers fill the air with sweet, soft scent. Lovely paired with the smell of rain for the first time in a month.
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#capeplants #cederberg #fynbos #purple #pink #flowers #sandstone #mountains #smellofrain #nofilter

Skilpadbessie (Nylandtia spinosa) in the Cederberg.
Pink florets on purple stemmed spikes, a unique form. These flowers fill the air with sweet, soft scent. Lovely paired with the smell of rain for the first time in a month.
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#capeplants #cederberg #fynbos #purple #pink #flowers #sandstone #mountains #smellofrain #nofilter
64 0 21 May, 2018

Keep it in Ya Plants! 🌸🌲
Come shop >> complimentary tissues 👌
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We’re usually hoping for ☀️, but ready for some good 🌧 to help us with our #pollenissues!
#capecod #capeplants #pollen #capeshopping #shoppingisfun #capecodshopping #weekendisalmosthere post from @t_h_e_mark

Keep it in Ya Plants! 🌸🌲
Come shop >> complimentary tissues 👌
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We’re usually hoping for ☀️, but ready for some good 🌧 to help us with our #pollenissues! 
#capecod #capeplants #pollen #capeshopping #shoppingisfun #capecodshopping #weekendisalmosthere post from @t_h_e_mark
396 8 6 June, 2019

Hermannia saccifera flowering next to the roads in the Overberg #hermannia #hermanniasaccifera #malvaceae #overberg #renosterveld #capeplants

Hermannia saccifera flowering next to the roads in the Overberg #hermannia #hermanniasaccifera #malvaceae #overberg #renosterveld #capeplants
64 0 27 July, 2019