Although I posted a couple of pictures of Gladiolus maculate, the Brown Afrikaner, the other day, I was not sure I had done full justice to this exquisite and delicate flower, with its lovely flowers perched atop a long stem and somehow withstanding the most violent wind and rain. And although I’ve only ever seen one I thought it might be worth exploring if there were not more in the same area. So on Friday the dogs and I walked up in the evening light to see if we could find them. And we did, one other, a little less bedraggled looking. I don’t know if these are rare but they are special indeed.
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As I labored up the mountain preceded by faithful yet enthusiastic hounds this morning I thought ‘but surely if we’ve seen a Gladiolus watsonius, we should have seen a Gladiolus Maculatus by now’. As we trotted past the precise place where we saw it last year I swiveled my head left and Lo! There she was. Upright and unravaged despite overnight rains verging on monsoon. We will capture a better photo, I am sure; this one shows the indomitable nature of this winter flowering, sweetly scented gladiolus.