As the beginning of May approached so did the realization that this was our sixth year trading. What a journey this has been and every year I am more grateful for what this little business has achieved and how things evolved, staff have grown and what we as a team have achieved over the years. From National Lilizela Winners in our first and second year to Provincial winners and finalist in the years after. Driving in through the gates every day one gets used to the beauty that surrounds us but today I stopped and looked and tried to think back to the first time I drove through the gates and what I noticed and saw and how I felt and what made me fall in love with where I am. We are often in such a rush that we forget to notice the small things and the days fly by and we miss out on these things.. we see them but we don’t take it in. Today I noticed the monkeys sitting in the tree as the sun was setting…all the females with little babies clinging for dear life. The Njala were slowing making their way to the open paddocks to feast on the new grass shoots and they too have a few new little ones. Its always such a peaceful time of the day with the sound of the night jars in the distance and guinea fowl scuttling along. The dusty road and everyone getting ready to make their way home. The flowering wild dagga that lines the drive way with its bright orange trumpet flowers. Such a special sight…
The sun is setting a little earlier these days and the evening are a little chillier, a clear indication that winter is on its way. Despite knowing that the hot summery days are dwindling the upside is that the whole property comes alive with a myriad of beautiful flowing indigenous plants.
From around the end of March to mid-April (around Easter usually) The paddocks, walking paths and any open undisturbed space is filled with beautiful bright crimson pink flowers. Their common name is pretty descriptive of what this flower looks like. The Candelabra as they are called are the size of soccer balls with about 30 long stems and a bright flower at the end of each. These striking Brunsvigia belong to the Amaryllidaceae family. They have a large bulb with a beautiful inflorescence. These striking plants have become highly threatened because of urban development, alien invasion and ignorance. They are also known as The Candelabra Lilly or March Lily.
Being surrounded by thick coastal fynbos makes this an ideal birding destination with little Cape White Eyes that hop in and out of the shrubs and of course the Double Collard Sun-Birds drawing nectar from flowering aloes and anything that contains a bit of nectar. The Wild Dagga or otherwise known as Lions Ear is a firm favourite of ours around this time of the year. The long elongated fluted flowers that are bright orange and almost have a velvet feel are in full bloom and beautiful pictures of Sun-Birds hovering drinking up the nectar from these is a little easier to capture.
We would love for you to take some time out to come and enjoy our little piece of heaven.. to hear the birds in the afternoon as the sun sets and the owls are calling to celebrate with us our 6 years of preserving this little piece of heaven and offering it to our guests to enjoy with us.