JUNE TALK REPORT

Andrea Benn Saturday 18 June: Cameron and Rhoda McMaster: ‘Bulbous plants within a 12 km radius of Napier’. How botanically special are our small village environments and the people who live there caring for them. Such a couple are Cameron and Rhoda McMaster who moved to Napier in 2003. Cameron was an agricultural college student, who as a child had loved walking in the veld with his Dad. Rhoda has an interest in and knowledge of plants in the winter rainfall areas. Together they became passionate about the bulbs near their home. If Nieuwoudtville is…

HERMANUS FLOWER FESTIVAL

The Hermanus Flower Festival has been showcasing the wonders of Spring in the fynbos for over 60 years!  This year is no exception.  This special event will take place in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September. Following the Fires in Fernkloof Nature Reserve in December, our theme for this year will be “Fynbos and Fire”. Join us to enjoy this flower spectacular, including fun, activities, teas and meals. Open from 9 am to 5 pm. Entry R20, children under 12 free. Contact Hermanus Botanical Society at botsochermanus@telkomsa.net.

PRINGLE BAY HACK REPORT NO 114

Chris Geldenhuys, Convenor With a serious winter storm brewing, the Pringle Bay Hack Group started the hack on 26 June 2016 in Peter Road of Pringle Bay. The primary challenge was the ever-present Rooikrantz, some of them real monsters. During the month of June the Pringle Bay Hack have performed two other impromptu hacks as well, namely Rooikrantz in Upper Level Road and also in the bird sanctuary next to Marine Road. In that light June was a very successful hack month! The following hackers performed the hack on 26 June: We were joined for…

THE BATTLE OF BETTY’S BAY: REPORT ON HACK NO 636

The troops came out on a cold day to catch the early morning sun like so many Meerkats! The enemy was Rooikrans, hidden in thick bush that necessitated cutting in to get at them. But progress was made. There is however quite a lot left so it is back to the same spot next month. Jane Fearnhead provided the sandwiches and Merran Silberbauer the tea. Thank you ladies! Those wading through the undergrowth were: Tom Dreyer, John and Andrea Benn, Rosemary Fowkes, Jan Joubert, Carole Roberts, Barry Manicom, Jim Russell, John Whitehead, Ed, and Lewis…

LEOPARD IN MY GARDEN!

You will no doubt already have heard about the leopard spotted in a Betty’s Bay garden last month. The leopard also visited the penguin colony at Stony Point where it killed (but did not eat!) a number of penguins. Take a look at the video on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeInBettysBay/

JUNE WALK REPORT: SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2016

Say ‘Dune Strandveld’, or more precisely ‘Overberg Dune Strandveld’, and you get a mental picture of huge mounds of white sand. Well, huge mounds of white sand are seldom far from it, but in reality Overberg Dune Strandveld is dense thicket, populated by low growing trees, among them the well named, species rich ‘taaibos’ (‘tough bush’) of the genus Searsia, dune olive Olea exasperata, sea guarrie Euclea racemosa, Cape coast cabbage trees Cussonia thyrsiflora and a host of others. But Overberg Dune Strandveld is not only about low growing trees and shrubs. Succulent shrubs of…

TREASURER’S REPORT: AGM 16 JULY 2016

The accounting figures for the year from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 convey the fact that the printing, distribution and sale of the Your Place in the Kogelberg book overwhelm the regular nature of all previous year-end financial statements. The book was launched in May 2015. Book sales continued steadily through 2015 into 2016. By June 2016 the stock of unsold books has greatly reduced. In fact sales have slowed substantially. Printing on demand for the English edition and a reduced print run of an Afrikaans edition are under consideration. Decisions in this…

TALKS PLANNED FOR 2016

Saturday 16 July, our AGM: David Davidson, designer of the SA stand at the Chelsea Flower Show, will talk about his experiences with the exhibit featuring the Kogelberg and Harold Porter. At 17h30 – Nivenia Hall, HPBG. Wine, Glühwein, and  Juice will be served. The Chelsea 2016 team, with David fifth from the left. Saturday 20 August: Dr Christopher Whitehouse of Phillipskop Mountain Reserve near Stanford will speak on the Kniphofia (red-hot pokers). He has just published a book on the genus Kniphofia (copies will be available at R950!). At 18h00 – Nivenia Hall, HPBG.…