A quiet walk
For once I don’t have much to say. Luckily the rain has been falling and the flowers on this beautiful mountain speak for themselves. This is the exquisite Morea tripetala that grows all over the farm. It is tiny, like a little iris.
Mulratia heisteria flowers all year round, and is especially prolific when the winter rains arrive in force. The waterfall is roaring and the whole place is damp. I am beginning to quite like the rain…
The delicate Stachys aethiopica grows all through winter and spring along damp banks. Being delicate it sways in the slightest breeze which makes it difficult to get a perfectly focused photograph.
Of course we should be famous for our Ericas. We have dozens of different varieties and this, Erica plukenetii, has just begun its long flowering season. It comes in white and a particularly delicate shade of pink. It’s supposed to flower all year round but here on the farm it likes the cool damp of winter and the gentle warmth of spring.
I’m not sure I’ve seen this before. I think it may be a Geissorhiza but I am not sure which one. There are 80 fynbos species so that’s not entirely surprising. I must post it on iSpot and see if the experts can tell me.
The proteas and leucadendrons have been fabulous on evening runs. Lucadendron salignum, Protea nerifolia, and Protea nitida.
Finally, Seamus the wolfhound, legend of many many spectacular runs on this farm is not well tonight. Wolfhounds are susceptible to heart conditions and at nine years old it is not surprising that his heart is not the best. He hasn’t been running on the mountain for the past year; here is a photo from a recent stroll, I hope we shall have many more.