11 January 2012

Mists and mellow fruitfulness

A lovely misty morning for a post Christmas walk - it being the 27th of December. We met Alice and Maddie, Paul and Pauline and June, Gary and Stuart who were visiting from Zimbabwe - and Liberia, and set off up the path that Abe Bailey's gardener made in Farmer Peck's Valley many years ago.
A Mountain Maytenus shrub (Maytenus oleoides) full of fruit.
Maddie trying out our new drinking bowl - a Christmas present from Pippin and Honey's humans, the Timoneys. Thanks Helen and Paul, Caroline and Katherine! It works well.
Maddie and Me went exploring under some old Mountain Maytenus trees (Maytenus oleoides).
We found some Christmas baubles -
which were really Cape Snow (Syncarpha vestita) buds, some red Christmas balls - the fruit of the False Dodder (Cassytha ciliolata),
and some Christmas stars - actually the flowers of a dodder called Cuscuta - not sure which species.
Maddie relaxing.
Bright Christmas colours were all around - like these Table Mountain Watsonias (Watsonia tabularis) which are endemic to the Cape Peninsula and distinguished by fleshy sheaths that enclose the leaves on the stem.
Down again - with Muizenberg in the misty distance.
There were lots of flowers out enjoying the cool misty conditions. This is a "Smooth Plampers"(Corymbium glabrum var. glabrum) - a daisy trying to look like a member of the Iridaceae.
The mist and low cloud made for some spectacular views for the humans. You can just see Fish Hoek behind that funny rock dragon that has just crash landed.
The Golden Spiderhead (Serruria villosa) - another peninsula endemic - already starting to show signs of flowering. Its normal time is March.
Almost back now: Alice, June and Maddie.
and a weird Dr Seuss dog on the rock. Now who could that be?
The Chincherinchees (Ornithogalum thyrsoides) were still flowering along the path near the stone gate
where we all eventually emerged, having worked off a little of the Christmas excess we have been indulging in.

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