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Wanted: young cabbage tree

Hi Everyone

I am new to the blog. Just moved into a new house with no garden – the tenants of the last year let everything die. Want to start an indigenous garden with Natal cabbage tree/Natal kiepersol and pom-pom trees. Is there perhaps someone in the Pietermaritzburg area that have available?

Antonet Jooste 072 265 1364

garden indigenous plant and seed exchange

wanted: indigenous trees

Hey, I’m looking for any indigenous tree seeds or cuttings of trees that are able to survive cold conditions (NKZN) I have many different aloes and flower seeds to swop.

Thanks Suzan


Creighton Aloe Festival 2014

The Creighton Aloe Festival will be held on the 5th and 6th July 2014. See more details on the Aloe Train, which allows for great aloe viewing, here:

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The Otter Trail

I recently did the Otter Trail with friends and it was amazing! It is hiking trail along the Garden Route coast of South Africa, named after the Cape Clawless Otter,  which inhabits this region. The trail is widely regarded as one of the finest in the world and stretches from Storms River Mouth in the east to Nature’s Valley in the west, is 26 km long as the crow flies and 41 km as the hiker walks. Walking the trail takes five days, and we spent four nights in basic yet comfortable huts in incredible locations. The route is located entirely within the Tsitsikamma National Park, which protects an 80 km long strip of coastal mountains, forest and beaches.The trail traverses very scenic landscape, never straying far from the shoreline, but often climbing steeply and then descending to the beach or river crossings. Vegetation along the way is either fynbos, dense gallery forest or open, rocky sections near the sea with an abundance of wildflowers. Check out the pics and do it!



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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.