Aloe Thraskii or a dune Aloe is a large attractive single stemmed plant with large leave which curve downwards. It is a wonderful plant for coastal gardens.
Nestling in the Redhill Valley, just 3km from Scarborough and on the Cape Point route, the Cape Farmhouse Restaurant offers you a truly unique local experience. Sheltered under the oaks on a 250-year-old farmhouse, there is fresh air, endless space and great food. You can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast using free-range eggs, a delicious lunch from our menu or a choice of farm baked cakes to go with your tea and coffee. Expertly cooked by Chef Phil.
The Restaurant hosts Saturday afternoon concerts featuring the best of local music. These events provide outdoor food and a cash bar.
They grow only in situations where the soil is sandy or gravelly, or on the sides of hills in the crevices of rocks.
None of the species need to be grafted to grow freely and remain healthy, as the stems are all robust enough and of sufficient size to take care of themselves. The only danger is in keeping the plants too moist in winter, for although a little water now and again keeps the stems fresh and green, it deprives them of that rest which is essential to the development of their large, beautiful flowers in summer.
The flowers attract butterflies, bees and other insects, which collect pollen and nectar from them, pollinating the trees in the process. The seeds are a good source of food for many fruit and berry eating birds. Birds also like nesting in these trees; hole-nesting birds such as woodpeckers often use dead sections.
The latex of this tree is extremely toxic and can cause severe skin irritations, blindness and severe illness to humans and animals if swallowed.
I purchased this Orchid Cactus Kitty Hawk from The Green Cathedral some years ago. She has rewarded me every year with a stunning display.
The name ‘Green Cathedral of South Africa’ is derived from a media publication and, until August 1 2011, used as an alias for ‘Soekershof; Private Mazes & Botanical Gardens in South Africa’; located in the tranquil Klaas Voogds area near the small town of Robertson. Since August 2011 Green Cathedral of South Africa resides in Stanford, Western Cape as does a precious collection of plants.
I dedicated this post to Herman Van Bron who is the custodian of the Green Cathedral.
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A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
Babiana sambucina – the Baboon flower
Baboons love to eat the corms.
Mesembryanthemum (meaning “midday flowering”) or Icicle plant
a mixed display of Spring flowers in Namaqualand
Gold Spurge or Geel melkbos (Euphorbia mauritanica)
The naked earth is warm with Spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun’s kiss glorying,
And quivers in the sunny breeze.
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