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Re: Any flowers in Namaqualand this year (2013)?

Unread postby Chickadee » Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:20 pm

I'm curious about this park. When I went to see what was available, I see there are seasonal tents the management puts up, but they are only for the month of September. Is the usual flowering season in September and this year was early? Thanks.

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Re: Any flowers in Namaqualand this year (2013)?

Unread postby Dabchick » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:19 pm

I'm not sure why they only put up the tents in September Chickadee, but flower season is anytime between July and October (depending on the rains), with August and September being the best bet for a spectacular show...

Good news (heard from colleagues who visited Namaqualand the weekend) is that the weekend's rain and more rain expected for the next week will probably mean an extended flower season! :dance: (So say the locals in any case ...)

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Re: Any flowers in Namaqualand this year (2013)?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:50 pm

Hi Chickadee,

As Dabchick says, the flower season is (usually) at its best mid August to mid September. Occasionally some of the flowers get fooled by unseasonal weather.
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Re: Any flowers in Namaqualand this year (2013)?

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:44 pm

Hello Blommetjies!

Just back from a marvellous weekend with my wife and son in the flowers...
1. Biedouw valley was limited so far -- only yellow, orange and white, with no vygies yet, but the whole entrance to the valley is stunning by 12h00.
2. Very surprised by the amazing variety of flowers around Doornrivier? on the dirt road from Pakhuis Pass towards Calvinia, about 20 km after the Biedouw valley turnoff -- orange, yellow, white, purple, red -- one stunning patch next to the road just before the river crossing.
3. Matjiesfontein has fields and fields of yellow daisies, katsterte and the beginnings of the bulb flowers... can only get better. Town was orange with daisies as usual. No flowers at the Kokerboomwoud, all chewed up by sheep, totally overgrazed.
4. Bad weather on the way back, but plenty of signs of unopened purple vygies just before Van Rhynsdorp, and the usual masses of yellow and orange flowers between Clainwilliam and Citrusdal, even though it was raining.
So much rain and cold weather predicted for this week, that we postponed our school photography trip to next weekend 23rd, and should only be better, weather permitting.

The season may be longer than we thought with all this rain!

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Re: Any flowers in Namaqualand this year (2013)?

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:56 pm

Friedrich,

Thanks for the update. :thumbs_up:

Wonderful to hear that the flowers should be giving all visitors a great show. :dance: :dance:
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Re: Any flowers in Namaqualand this year (2013)?

Unread postby Chickadee » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:48 am

Thank you for your responses, someday, someday....I hope to visit in September!

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Re: Any flowers in Namaqualand this year (2013)?

Unread postby Blackie » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:12 am

Returned Monday from a 4 day flower trip through Namaqualand.

Day 1: From Redelinghuys all the way to Verlorenvlei lots of flowers. Again from Doringbay past Strandfontein up to Vredendal plenty of different variety flowers.

Day 2: From Lutzville up to Groenriviermond turnoff (just before Garies) patches of flowers here and there. At Groenriviermond and further South and North plenty of flowers. Soebatsfontein was a disappointment with no flowers in sight despite earlier reports in the local newspapers. From Soebatsfontein back to Kamieskroon also beautiful patches of flowers all the way.

Day 3: Skilpad is beautiful as usual with lots of orange daisies all over and purple & blue in between. Gravel roads to the West of Garies (between Garies and the coastal section) various patches of flowers. From Bitterfontein vai the gravel road up to Loeriesfontein lots fo flowers of different varieties. Loeriesfontein was covered with orange daisies everywhere. From Loeriesfontein down to Nieuwoudtville also various patches of flowers all around.

Day 4: Matjiesfontein again beautiful as always with lots of yellow daisies and yellow katsterte all over. Also the gravel road further south to where it joins the gravel road between Clanwilliam and Calvinia had beautiful patches of flowers and more katsterte. Calvinia also covered with orange daisies all over in gardens and on pavements.

We returned via the R355 gravel road from Calvinia to Ceres and saw lots of yellow / purple patches of flowers along the way, especially in the Tankwa National Park area, although it was overcasted with occasional rain it was still a magnificent display.

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