Good day – rain had stopped overnight and I was up by 6am ready to drive around the local area looking for Kniphofia with John Burrows, the manager of Buffelskloof Nature Reserve.
Bad day – Wallet was missing, spent next hour looking everywhere in my cottage and luggage to no avail. To my relief, it was found on the patio having fallen out when I had been chatting the previous night.
Good day – first Kniphofia stop yielded K. galpinii, a short species very similar to K. triangularis but with shorter stiffer leaves.
Bad day – started to rain and wind picked up, which along with the dull weather made photography very difficult.
Good day – Found four more species: K. multiflora (below left), K. fluviatilis, K. rigidifolia (below right) and K. triangularis subsp. obtusiloba
Bad day – none of the four were flowering, we were too early for K. multiflora (buds were on the way) and too late for the other three.
Good day – electricity came back to Buffelskloof, including internet access.
Bad day – my afternoon plan to look for more K. triangularis, hopefully in flower, was scuppered by my car refusing to start due to the immobilizer.
Good day – despite my worst fears, the car hire company were able to get the car started again over the phone. I needed to press the clutch down while turning the key – the fact that I have been driving the car for a week now without thinking about doing this baffles me.
Good day – John took me down to a viewpoint over Buffelskloof, an amazing gorge with sheer cliffs, splendid waterfalls and lush forest. Just a shame I do not have more time to explore it
Plant of the day – Agapanthus inapertus, this is in my view the most beautiful of the Agapanthus species with dark blue flowers and narrow pendent tubular flowers.
Pollinator of the day – Here is one of those amazing flies with the long proboscis using it for its proper purpose rather than trying to put it into my leg.