Spring on the mountain

Each time I go up the mountains here, I am totally floored by the amazing plants in bloom.  Besides the flora being totally different to that of the surrounding lowveld, there are new things to see in every nook and cranny all year round.

It’s the first time I have been up when there has been a significant amount of cloud cover and also my first time in early spring.

Our national flower, the protea, is in full bloom.

Sue enjoying the view midst small protea plants.

Transvaal bottlebrush

other little bits of colourThis little plant was growing in a crack in a rockSome kind of wild cucumber type vineClivias growing in the fork of a tree

Coral tree bloom (we have these all over the place right now – not just on the mountain)

It was super having Rose with us as she could tell us just about every Latin name for each and every plant – I want to be able to do that one day – she’s awesome.

I can’t wait to go up the mountains again, yet I know they will look so very different again.  We noticed that there were hundreds and hundreds of clivias in the forests on the slopes of the mountain – I want to go up when they are in flower – what an awesome sight that will be. Now I just need to find out when they flower here.

 

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20 thoughts on “Spring on the mountain

  1. Wow! Those are some amazing looking flowers and plants. I’ve never seen anything like that! We are headed into autumn and your pictures inspire me to capture what fleeting colors I can…

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    • Most of the plants on the top of Mariepskop are Cape plants – its a tiny fynbos biosphere up there, although Proteas are found all over South Africa I think. I know they grew in the wild where I lived on the west rand of JHB when I was growing up. I think they may be limited to certain altitudes though as we only find them on the mountain here.

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