Flowers and Shrubs

Mountains At Ufunmene

08/02/15

Ufumene Game Lodge

A favorite destination for our family is the Ufumene Game Lodge. Ufumene is located in the Eastern Cape (South Africa) on the Cradock side of the Olifantshoek pass. The lodge is very family orientated, whether the kids go horse riding... (Read more)

Protea obtusifolia

10/08/13

Limestone Sugarbush – Protea obtusifolia

The Protea obtusifolia or the Limestone Sugarbush belongs to the Proteaceae family. Other names for this include the Bredasdorp protea, limestone protea and limestone sugarbush. This is the white form of this Protea and they vary from white to vivid shades of red. The leaves... (Read more)

Bee on purple flower

15/12/12

Bee on a Purple Flower

I have been trying out my 90mm Tamron Lens recently with my Canon 7D.  I had installed an alpha version of Magic Lantern onto it to see what could be achieved with it.  I was particularly interested in the trap... (Read more)

Addo Orange Rose

29/04/12

A Rose from Addo

Every year without fail, the Addo Rose & Garden Show will be hosted. As the name suggests, this takes place in a small town called Addo, in the Eastern Cape. This is usually hosted in or around the October time... (Read more)

Gazzania

19/11/11

The Treasure Flower Gazania

The Gazania, or Treasure Flower belongs to the family Asteraceae. It is a plant native to Southern Africa although one can find this plant species naturalised in Australia, New Zealand, and California. They are widely cultivated as ornamental garden plants.... (Read more)

Euphorbia Millii Splendens

09/10/11

Euphorbia Millii Splendens

Also known as the Christ Thorn or the Crown of Thorns, the Euphorbia Millii Spendens is a slow growing shrub with very spiny branches. The branches are a silvery grey color with brilliant red flowers which come out mainly in... (Read more)

Poppy Flower and Bee

05/10/11

Poppy and Hover Fly

The red-flowered corn poppy or Papaver rhoeas is the poppy of wartime remembrance. This poppy is a common weed in Europe and is found in many locations, including Flanders, the setting of the famous poem “In Flanders Fields,” by the... (Read more)

Bugal Lily

23/09/11

Bugle Lily

The Bugle Lily or Watsonia is a genus of plants in the iris family, subfamily Crocoideae, native to South Africa. The genus is named after Sir William Watson, an 18th century British botanist. There are 52 species in southern Africa;... (Read more)

Red Beauty

22/06/11

Red Beauty

While on a quest to search for spiders and other sorts of bugs for my website, we came across this beauty. It was hiding amongst the grass, but was not to difficult to see because of the contrast of the... (Read more)

Red Hot Poker

28/05/11

Red Hot Poker

The Red Hot Poker is native to Madagascar and Africa. It is also called Kniphofia, the Torch lily, and the Poker plant. It is a genus of plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae – subfamily Asphodeloideae. The plant grows to a... (Read more)

Dandelion

05/05/11

Portrait of a Dandelion

The common dandelion comes from French ‘dent-de-lion’, meaning lion’s tooth. The flower comes from the genus Taraxacum which is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Like other members of the Asteraceae family, they have very small... (Read more)

Orange Vygie

26/03/11

Orange Vygie

The Orange Vygie or Lampranthus Aureus is a flower native to Southern Africa. The shiny orange flowers are borne singly or in clusters on short stalks, are 60 mm in diameter and appear from August. Yellow and purple forms also... (Read more)

White Hibiscus

22/03/11

White Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It contains several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are... (Read more)

White Torch Cactus

23/01/11

White Torch Cactus

This cactus is otherwise known as Echinopsis spachiana. This cactus has a number of common names (Easter lily cactus, golden torch, white torch cactus), but derives its scientific name from the Greek for the hedgehog and the sea-urchin, because of... (Read more)

Peruvian Lily

11/01/11

Peruvian Lily

The Peruvian Lily or otherwise known as Alstromeria is a quick spreading perennial found in South America and South Africa. It’s colours range through red,yellow, violet and whites.

Dietes Bicolour

12/12/10

Dietes Bicolour

This plant is an easy to grow perennial with erect, narrow sword shaped, green leaves and Iris-like flowers of pale yellow with brownish blotches.

Protea

08/11/10

Protea

Sometimes also called sugarbushes, the Protea was named by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Proteas belong to the Proteaceae family. 92% of the species occur... (Read more)

Common Pincushion Closeup

06/11/10

Common Pincushion Closeup

This beautiful piece of flora was taken at van Stadens Flower Reserve. There are literally thousands of these everywhere.

Cape Edelweiss

06/11/10

Cape Edelweiss

The Lanaria lanata or Cape Edelweiss or Kapokblom is its name. I found this name in a very old book, but cannot find any real information on it. It is a perennial herb which grows in tussocks on sandy hills.... (Read more)

Nodding Pincushion

06/11/10

Nodding Pincushion

A multistemmed shrub ranging from orange to red which was taken with a 450d Canon Camera. This is called a Leusospermum cordifolium and was shot at van Stadens Flower Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Solanum Pyracanthos

09/10/10

Solanum Pyracanthos

A wierd looking purple flower.

Reflections in the Rain

26/09/10

Reflections in the Rain

A gem of the photo. Have a look at grass reflected in the drops of rain.

Rosy Periwinkle

26/09/10

Rosy Periwinkle

Another Flower taken by Zoe.

A bunch of Everlastings

26/09/10

A bunch of Everlastings

A nice capture from Zoe of some everlasting flowers. These were found on the River Walk at Tsitsikamma Lodge.

Euphorbia Milii

18/09/10

Euphorbia Milii

Euphorbia milii (Crown-of-thorns or Christ Plant) is a woody, succulent species of Euphorbia native to Madagascar and found in South Africa too. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821.[1]... (Read more)

Purple Vygie

18/09/10

Purple Vygie

The Lampranthus coralliflorus or the purple vygie is indigenous to South Africa, but also found around other parts of the world especially along coastlines.

Yellow Wood Sorrel

18/09/10

Yellow Wood Sorrel

The Yellow Wood Sorrel’s technical name is Oxalis Corniculata. This native perennial plant is usually about 6″ tall, but sometimes reaches 1′ or a little more. There is a central stem that branches occasionally, creating a bushy effect on mature... (Read more)

Yellow Flower Monkey Beetle

11/09/10

Yellow Flower Monkey Beetle

Thanks to Zane for identifying this little beetle. Monkey beetles are very good for the pollination of flowers as they tend to carry large loads of pollen around with them.

Purple Flower

11/09/10

Purple Flower

This purple flower was lying amongst the weeds. No idea what it is as cannot find it in any books or the internet.

Hermannia althaeoides

23/08/10

Hermannia althaeoides

The rose now has a name – thanks Zane

Yellow Nasturtium

23/08/10

Yellow Nasturtium

A beautiful yellow Nasturtium.

Purple Flower

15/08/10

Purple Flower

I saw this miniature flower hiding under some bush, thought it would make a nice macro.

Yellow Gazania

15/08/10

Yellow Gazania

A yellow Gazania found while looking for bug macros in the bush.  

Bee on a Bush

11/08/10

Bee on a Bush

Close up of a honey bee on a bush.

Purple Vygie

07/08/10

Purple Vygie

The lampranthus coralliflorus or Purple Vygie. Not to sure if this is the correct name for this beautiful specimen, but I am sure I will eventually find it in a book or on some site.

White Daisy

07/08/10

White Daisy

White Daisy Image

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