24 July 2011

Kirstenbosch: A Winter Garden II

Date: 17 July 2011

Location: Kirstenbosch

Walker: Michele, Bronwyn & Helen

The Kirstenbosch archive is here.

Back to the garden!

As always our first stop was at the specimen house to see what's in flower at the moment. Plenty!

Then we meandered up to the top of the garden.

Plenty of yellow flowers to be seen up here, including lachenalia, leucospermum (pincushions), chasmanthe (cobra lilies) and leucadendron (cone-flowers) amongst others.

I'm particularly charmed by the cobra lilies fronds.

This unusual pink lobestemon caught by eye.

And there was more on the red spectrum...

Aren't these fiery leucadendrons amazing?!

We spent quite a lot of time in the buchu garden, sniffing leaves and admiring the strange buds and delicate little flowers.

They were abuzz with happy bees.

The strange buds that intrigued me on my last visit had opened! I think it may be a type of serruria.

There were lots of other varieties of serruria in flower. Spiderheads. I think they are freaky-weird but totally wonderful!



Firefly said...

You can always be sure that you will find something beautiful in Kirstenbosch.

Marie said...

Absolutely beautiful. That buchu! Thanks for showing the seasons I miss!