What is this Flower?


Please help me to identify this flower.


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Medinilla and Roots


Have to share my Medinilla plant.  It’s been flowering since Oct last year after I gave it a drastic hair cut and looks as if it will go on forever. Do you know anything about them? Had to share the roots of this tree at the St James Boutique Hotel in Innes Rd as well.

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Star Flowers in the Northern Cape?

A little while back my wife and I made the trip to Papkuilsfontein near Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape. There is loads to do (bird-watching, hiking, trail running, swimming) or nothing. We opted for much of the latter but when we did there was a world of plant and animal life to explore. Parts of Papkuilsfontein have been managed as small flower reserves for many years and a 5km flower route has been established, which takes you through Renosterveld and some Fynbos. In the surrounding area there are four different soil types, supporting four different vegetation types, True Cape Fynbos, Renosterveld, shrub Karoo, and a  Dolerite sill. Papkuilsfontein is amazingly biodiverse with at least 1,350 floral species on the Bokkeveld Plateau, 80 of which are endemic. Over one third of the endemics are Red Data species threatened with extinction. I seem to remember one of the flowers here being called ‘Star Flower’ or ‘Ster Bloem’. Can anyone identify this based on the pics below? I think it is endemic to this very small area due to a mix of the hot, dry climate and occasional mist.


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Geoff Nichols (Indigenous Gardening) talk this Thursday

Hi Spriggers

Please see attached the details of Geoff Nichols’ presentation taking place this Thursday evening at the Westville Methodist Church. Bookings to be made through

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My Gardening Notebook

Due to popular demand, after selling out last year, the Constantia Valley Garden Club have updated, expanded and reprinted their ‘My gardening notebook – for Western Cape gardeners’, which was produced to celebrate the Club’s 30th anniversary last year.It is an interactive, monthly notebook for gardeners in the Western Cape filled with the tips, hints and garden know-how gleaned by their members over the years.

There are 8 pages dedicated to each of the 12 months. Each month has a colour page showing ‘what you can plant for colour’, two pages of quick tips and lists of tasks of ‘what to do and plant’ in the ‘flower’ garden, one for the ‘kitchen’ garden which is followed by a page of in season fruit and vegetable recipes. In between pages have been left blank for you to record reminders, successes and failures, plant list, tips from friends etc. At the end are reference pages crammed with information on rose and fuchsia growing, feeding your garden, planting by the moon, worthwhile websites and and an illustrated section on coping with pests. Charts of what vegetables to plant when and companion planting and an Index have been added making up over 150 pages.

At R100.00 (plus postage unless you can collect from Constantia) this also makes a wonderful gift , especially for young gardeners. Proceeds go to food gardens like Abalimi and SEED in Cape Town.

Contact Elaine 021 7156620 or Marianne 021 7156005.