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West Coast Flowers

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:46 am
by pietpetoors
Seems like the flowers are late this year. There are some batches of white Daiseys in and around Langebaan and Saldanha, but not as much yet as previous years this time

I receive a flower report from the tourism guys each week, I will post it on here every week to keep you update.
Their report includes the whole West Coast, so it as much more than my own observations.

To find out where you can view flowers contact the numbers below:
West Coast National Park - 022-772-2799
Darling Information Centre - 022-492-3361
Hopefield - 022-723-1720
Nieuwoudtville Information Centre - 027-218-1336
Clanwilliam Information Centre - 027-482-2024
http://www.bokkom.co.za/flowers/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
West Coast Flower Report 04-08-2014.pdf
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Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:03 pm
by ROOFER
Thanx Pieter :thumbup: :thumbup:

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:45 pm
by Whisky
Dankie Pieter, dit gaan ons baie help met ons beplanning. Hoop daar sal nog blomme wees in September. Ons sal in die Nieuwoudville omgewing wees.

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:15 pm
by pietpetoors
Verlede jaar het ek die Namakwaland en Clanwilliam verslae ook gekry. Het nog niks die jaar ontvang nie, maar sodra ek kry gaan ek dit ook opsit.

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:50 am
by Toppie4x4
Dankie Pieter ons is ook daar vanaf 6 September Nieuwoudtsville area.

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:41 am
by pietpetoors
Those Cape Tonions who do not know what to do today, today might be a good day to drive to the West Coast to see some flowers.

So far it looks like a perfect day. So far no clouds, no wind and it is not cold.

I took the picture below on Thursday at Olifantskop. There are flowers everywhere now. I can say the flower season officially opened.

Around here at Olifantskop and Long Acres there are flowers aplenty. Between Langebaan and Saldanha and also on the way to Vredenburg. Note: there are road works between Langebaan and Saldanha and you might have to stop for 10 minutes. Most flowers in that area faces away from the road.

If you driving from Cape Town on the R27 and you come over the little hill just before the Engen where you have to turn off to Langebaan, if it is after 10:00, just look back over your shoulder. There is a huge patch of white flowers but you do not see it when coming from CPT as you see the back of the flowers. If you R lucky you will also see some Gemsbok in the flowers.

Note that the weather can change quickly around here. I see there seems to be some cold clouds over the sea to Saldanha's side, but so far the temperature did not drop yet.
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Langebaan flowers

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:45 am
by pietpetoors
This week's flower report
West Coast Flower Report 07-08-2014.pdf
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Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:45 am
by george
Ons wereld begin nou mooi lyk :thumbup:

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:49 am
by pietpetoors
Nou gaan jy en mamma seker meer gereeld begin stap, nê George. Gaan stap om daai koppie daar by farmhouse, dis baie mooi.

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:58 am
by george
pietpetoors wrote:Nou gaan jy en mamma seker meer gereeld begin stap, nê George. Gaan stap om daai koppie daar by farmhouse, dis baie mooi.
Beslis.Ek en my lux ry elke aand daarom na werk :twisted:

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:57 am
by pietpetoors
Oeps, sorry, false alarm. Typical Langebaan.... and there the clouds are coming over and it is getting colder. Clouds not very thick, but they might prevent flowers from opening.

So now it changes from "you will see flowers" to "you might see flowers"

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:15 am
by Family_Dog
Us "binnelanders" will have to wait for Froll to paste his pics again ;)


-F_D

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:17 am
by pietpetoors
Sun came out, flowers open, light breeze

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:13 pm
by Haboob
Sun came out, flowers open, light breeze


Flowers Close?

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:27 pm
by pietpetoors
Flowers Close?
Today yes, cloudy

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:33 pm
by pietpetoors
George gave me off yesterday afternoon, so I quickly snapped some pics.
The conditions were not ideal as it was foggy the whole morning and it only cleared when the sun was high. The wind was also blowing and flowers tend to not stand still when the wind blows, thus what looks like camera shake is actually flower shake.

I took a pic of one of the streets so that you can get an idea what streets look like in Langebaan during flowering season.
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Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:36 pm
by Toppie4x4
please keep watering them.....................they need to last till September 8th :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:50 pm
by pietpetoors
I am no plant expert, but the flowers opened about ten days later than normal and so far most days were too cloudy for the flowers to open. So my thumb suck guess and common sense tells me they might hang on for longer this year.

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:22 pm
by Earth Wanderer
It's so lovely to see the white daisies about and an interesting post. Hope to see them sometime soon ourselves once the weathers better. Thanks for the updates

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:12 am
by Pote
Toppie4x4 wrote:please keep watering them.....................they need to last till September 8th :lol: :lol: :lol:
They must hold out till the 20th September. I am there that weekend at Jakobsbaai......

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:36 am
by pietpetoors
I now also added the Namakwa flower report[ on Bokkom.co.za

See
http://www.bokkom.co.za/flowers/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:05 pm
by pietpetoors
Had a nice clear day today.
Our Spinnekopblom (Ferraria crispa) had 5 flowers today. The most I saw on one day. These flowers on lasts for one day.
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The pic below was taken on the way down to the park:
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Langebaan Flowers
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We went to have lunch at the Golf Estate. When you visit Langebaan on a Sunday, Keep in mind that you can have a nice buffet at the Golf Estate's restaurant at only R95.00 per person.
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Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:14 pm
by Thunder02
Wow, those flowers are amazing, are they found all over or concentrated in small areas of the coastal area :?:

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:46 pm
by george
Mooi blom.Lyk amper soos 'n spinnekop
We went to have lunch at the Golf Estate. When you visit Langebaan on a Sunday, Keep in mind that you can have a nice buffet at the Golf Estate's restaurant at only R95.00 per person.
Ons het vriende by Geelbek gekry. My maag het my lewer begin aanval van die hongerte.Ons het amper 1,5 uur gewag vir kos.

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:56 pm
by pietpetoors
Is 'n Spinnekopblom ja.

No Neil they are a bit scares, you only get them here and there.
We are lucky enough to have one on the open stand across the road. Sadly one day they will build there and it will be gone. Last year I did remove on of the bulps and planted it on our stand. The plant came out, but did not flower this year. Hopefully it will flower next year.

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:23 am
by Thunder02
pietpetoors wrote:Is 'n Spinnekopblom ja.

No Neil they are a bit scares, you only get them here and there.
We are lucky enough to have one on the open stand across the road. Sadly one day they will build there and it will be gone. Last year I did remove on of the bulps and planted it on our stand. The plant came out, but did not flower this year. Hopefully it will flower next year.
Thanks, they are stunning.

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:59 am
by pietpetoors
Ons het vriende by Geelbek gekry. My maag het my lewer begin aanval van die hongerte.Ons het amper 1,5 uur gewag vir kos.
Dis nog al die jare die probleem met Geelbek.
Op 'n mooi dag gaan eet liewer by die Farmhouse Hotel, die uitsig van die stoep af is die mooiste in die dorp.

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Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:17 am
by Toppie4x4
Hi Pieter, die weer lyk baie goed daar by julle, ons kan nie wag om Saterdag oggend te vertrek nie. Enige nuwe updates? :thumbup: :yahoo:

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:50 am
by IhanvanVuuren
Ons staan nou hier by groenrivier en dit is uitstekend! Sover baie mooi blomme gesien! [attachment=-1]uploadfromtaptalk1409809791528.jpg[/attachment][attachment=-1]uploadfromtaptalk1409809812861.jpg[/attachment]
Ek hoop ma die koue bly weg!

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Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:55 am
by Toppie4x4
Thanks dit lyk pragtig.................ons is Saterdag daar :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:40 am
by Obelix and Dogmatix
pietpetoors wrote:
Ons het vriende by Geelbek gekry. My maag het my lewer begin aanval van die hongerte.Ons het amper 1,5 uur gewag vir kos.
Dis nog al die jare die probleem met Geelbek.
Op 'n mooi dag gaan eet liewer by die Farmhouse Hotel, die uitsig van die stoep af is die mooiste in die dorp.

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thought that view looked fimiliar, Exwife use to run that joint!! :lol:

Re: West Coast Flowers 2014

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:51 pm
by Family_Dog
Was that Fiddlematix? :lol:


-F_D

Re: West Coast Flowers 2015

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:38 pm
by pietpetoors
2015 Update.
This year there are plenty of flowers. I am surprised because we did not have much rain in winter and I nether though we would see this much flowers.

Took some pics today, weather wasn't ideal for flower photography as the wind is blowing, so I did not take pretty pictures, I went to take general pictures to give you an idea what it looks like.

I only went in Langebaan, then out to the Engen garage on the R27, then turned right from the R27 to Vredenburg, right again after Juffroushoogte to Mital steel. Then at Mital turned right towards Jacobsbaai and left again on the service road on the western side of Mital steel.

These are only some spots but this year there are really flowers everywhere.

I also post the pictures below in the same order:

In Langebaan
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On CPT side of the Engen
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Close to Vlakvarkgat on R27 direction north
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Next to Juffroushoogte on the Vredenburg road
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At the bridge at Mital Steel
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On Western Side of Mital Steel
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Re: West Coast Flowers 2015

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:41 pm
by pietpetoors
I am posting the flower report on Bokkom.co.za's main page for those who are interested.

Re: West Coast Flowers

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:31 am
by Haboob
WOW thanks Pieter from us outside the flower belt...

Re: West Coast Flowers

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:02 pm
by Racing snake
we are keen on visiting the flowers next year. (2017) Where does one camp in the Springbok, Port Nolloth, Garies, Namaqua Nat Park area. I have numerous maps and charts of Bots and Nam but nothing on the Northern cape. If you've camped there before or know a farmer that will allow camping, please share your knowledge with a desperate Toppie.

Re: West Coast Flowers

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:47 pm
by Family_Dog
Many years ago (1999) I camped at Springbok Caravan Park, it was pleasant enough and ablutions were clean. Would probably be best to check it out first now though.


-F_D

Re: West Coast Flowers

Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:45 pm
by Racing snake
Thank you Eric. I will certainly check it out.