There were not too many flowers as this is the time that the fynbos goes to sleep - in the hot and dry days at the end of summer - and just waits for the rains to come. This is a very tiny little lobelia - probably Lobelia erinus which is usually blue but can be other colours too.
We emerged from the forest into a newly cleared area where the silver trees are coming up and the fynbos looking quite happy - if a bit sleepy and dry. The Alpha Male and Sue - with Dawnie close behind. And Capetonians who pine for the pine plantations of Cecilia Forest, come to Newlands! There are lots and lots still here so we hope that SANParks will let them stay until they fall down, or get eaten by this bracket fungus, so that the sad and pining Capetonians don't have to waste money on silly adverts about shouting for shade. There is lovely shade here, not all of it sterile monocultured pines and gums either, and shady walks in tons of other places we have been in Cape Town. And one day, we are sure, Cecilia will be quite walkable again. But maybe just cool it SANParks - as our Alpha tells us regularly. Leave these pines to placate the piners and go to work on the gums on the other side.
(Title with apologies to George Morris and others who followed ...)