Here in South Africa, it is Winter… the time for a hot cup of Soup, a Hearty Stew and Pancakes with Cinnamon Sugar…
Even though the air is cold and the rain drops fall, it will be soon that the flowers will bloom…
The Karoo winter landscape is dull and the secret of an abundance of spring colour is hibernating below the soil…
Gazania krebsiana is an extremely showy plant when in flower. Many individuals together may give a rather mat-like appearance. Flower heads measure 50-60(-90) mm in diameter.
The upper side of the ray florets (the florets at the margin of a flowerhead in the Asteraceae) is mainly a magnificent dark red or orange, with dark brown markings on the lower quarter.
This specie is found in Calvinia as well as below the koppies near Niewoudtville . The large heads of individual flowers vary in shades of pale to bright pink, with darker keels. Each flower head consists of 20-40 flowers on a stalk. The triangular-shaped capsules are 30-60 mm long.
Drosanthemum is a genus of succulent plants in the ice plant family of southern Africa. They are known as dew flowers or vygies. Most species grow in a variety of colours.
The common names for species in the genus are cup-and-saucer and men-in-a-boat. There are about 40 species and 13 of them are in the Cape Floral province.
Calvinia is known for Sheep Farming and the annual Meat Festival!
It is custom for the people of Calvinia to host a Meat Festival during the last weekend of August. This is a Festival where Lamb and Mutton are prepared in every possible way. Visitors, from all over, come to enjoy this festivity along with the incredible site of the Spring Flowers in full bloom.