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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Again in the garden

Both, my wife and I, like flowers. Maybe it’s our Dutch background (“Dutch say it with flowers”) but more likely it has to do with the restoration and extension of a historical botanical garden in South Africa that has kept us busy between April 2000 and July 2011. Anyway you find me every day in our garden with my camera and virtually every day there is something new. We live in an area with a subtropical climate (climate zone 10); ideal for succulent plants including cacti. Here are some pictures I shot during the last week or so.

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