We have had the most beautiful warm sunny days in the midst of a wet winter. Since I will soon be departing on an exciting safari I’m fitting-in as many walks with my furry Belgian friends as possible before my not-so-furry Belgian friends (especially Jan) drag me off on safari.
This time of year heralds the start of the flowering season in The Cape (although there are ALWAYS beautiful flowers out here). One of the first flowers to appear is Chasmanthe floribunda, the Cobra Lily or Pimpiempie.
In my first year living in The Cape I was struck by these beautiful audacious flowers and ever since then I am thrilled by their annual emergence. They appear suddenly before any of the other bulbs/corms and demand immediate attention. These brazen members of the Lily family are pollinated by sunbirds.