Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Flowers at No. 9 Constantia, in my mother's garden.

Above, Verbascum nigrum, self-seeded, and a wonderful, vertical accent.

An indigenous gardenia, once our potted Christmas tree, now happier in the garden. It made flowers for the first time this year

Eucomis, or pineapple plant. A misnomer.

It is March, so it is time for our South African Easter lilies to start blooming: Amaryllis belladonna. Flowers appear before leaves, so they are very striking.

Which brings me to The Question: when will the Brunsvigia bosmaniae at the Hantam National Botanical Garden outside Nieuwoudtville bloom???

In 2006 I was lucky enough to visit what was then the farm Glen Lyon, Neil MacGregor's sheep farm and flower preserve in the last year that Neil conducted flower tours personally, in his flower bus. In what must have been a bitterly heart-breaking move, the great South African decided to shut up shop and the farm became the Hantam National Botanic Garden, run by SANBI - so it is in excellent hands. If he had had a successor interested in continuing the farm and flower business, the flower bus might still be running.

We owe him a massive debt of gratitude for preserving that unique piece of the geophyte world.


  1. Welcome back! Missed your posts. Doesn't look like any verbascum I'm familiar with, more like an orchid. And that gardenia bloom. Zowie.

  2. I love that bus!

    Ps. Not the same without your posts.

  3. Yeah, cute bus. I hope they kept it and filled it with flowers...

  4. I love the bus picture as well :)

  5. First time I've seen a pink Eucomis...I've only known the lime-y colour.Pretty.

    Yes, very cute bus. Almost like an Airstream?

  6. You've convinced me to try a Eucomis in my garden this year - this one is lovely! thanks.

  7. this is a lovely post and you images are beautiful!


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