~ Nikko Blue Hydrangea - Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue' ~ A superb shrub for semi-shaded areas; desired for the splendid, abundant, showy flower clusters. Blooms on old wood. When planted in acidic soils, produces blue flowers; in more alkaline soils, flower color may have a pink hue.
Conservation status: least concern, however many habitat threats have been identified by SANBI - urbanization, golf courses, clearing of fynbos for agriculture, too frequent or too infrequent fires.
On the St Blaize Trail, CREW and BotSoc recently came across a strip of degraded fynbos - very obviously due to incorrectly managed water runoff from the Mossel Bay Golf Estate. This section was previously covered by a stand of majestic mature Protea lanceolata and other fynbos species.
This is a conversation we all need to start having more seriously and more often. Developers and nature experts CAN collaborate for positive change. Together, we can find better solutions for waste water management that simultaneously preserves our amazing Cape Floral Kingdom’s biodiversity. 📷 @joisobel
Not only a Castle but a privately owned one, there's not many of these about. It's not done out like the usual heretage owned ones, they are usually filled with information board after board. There is one board here which shows the history of who owns it and the Royal connections. The grounds are done as it would have been after the Lord had moved to the unfortified Manor house, as a folly to have afternoon tea. Admission is much more reasonable than the larger better know Castle slightly north, please visit and support it if you're in the area. It's so peaceful here.
🐝 Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' ~ Dunkelrote Blasenspiere 🍃
Für einen farbigen Kontrast im Garten sorgt die rotlaubige Blasenspiere, auch Teufelsstrauch genannt. Jetzt im Juni zieren dichte cremeweiße bis zartrosafarbene Bütendolden den Strauch. Bienen, Hummeln und Schmetterlinge lieben sie. Im Herbst färbt sich das Laub in ein leuchtendes Orange.