It's purple and in our garden

This Adenia (origin Southern Africa) has a diameter of about 75 cm. In an optimal environment the caudex can grow to a height and with of 2.5 meter. It survived our garden (the very South of South Africa) for the last 23 months but let’s see a day, a week, a month and a year at the time. Our expectations are high!!! 🙂

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Clouds of Franschhoek

Every region in South Africa has more or less its own clouds. That has probably much to do with the different landscapes and climates. Here two of the typical clouds you’ll see more often in Franschhoek than in Cape Town or other places in the Western Cape.

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Just after the first few rain drops at a building site

What happens, do you think, at a building site in South Africa as soon as he first few rain drops hit the ground?

Well …. see for yourself … 🙂 🙂 🙂 (4 snapshots)

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In perspective

This image of a landscape was made last Sunday near a wine cellar 15 kilometer North of Stanford in the Western Cape, South Africa. The distance to the Riviersonderend Mountains in the background is about 40 kilometer. Picture made with 300mm zoom. Yes; we are far sighted.

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Growing with the wind

White Milkwood  (Sideroxylon inerme) occur mainly in coastal areas in Southern Africa and they tend to grow with the wind.

Here a few along the ‘Wandelpad’ (hiking trail) in our village.

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A historical event in the village …

… but not many are aware of it: The first flower of the Stenocereus beneckei has opened after months in the bud. Not only just opened but it seemingly needed a gale force wind last night. This morning to our big surprise, coming back from a rainy and stormy hike along the beach during sunrise,  one of the buds was open. Don’t think that anyone else would have noticed but with out garden eyes we focus it all. These cacti from central Mexico are supposed to bloom during Summer and NOT supposed to flower in a moderate subtropical climate of this village but it does and at a moment (South African Winter) that nobody expects.

Well here are some pictures  I quickly shot beween two showers:

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