Scarboroughmail, Sat 30 Jan 2016

Cape Fire Lilies in bloom above Scarborough

The Cape fire lily (Cyrtanthus ventricosus) is one of the most elusive of flowers. Its bulb might lie dormant and unseen for over 20 years, and then, when it seems as if a severe fire has devastated everything in the landscape, its brilliant red blooms rise out of the ashes. This happens just two weeks after a fire, and the flowers then wither away and are not seen again for many years.

Small numbers of fire lilies are in bloom now, in the mountains above Scarborough. Here are some photos from yesterday, and if anyone wants to to join me to see them tomorrow (they'll only last a few more days), please drop me an email on

Fire lily walk tomorrow morning, Sunday, at 7h30, meeting at the start of the Red Hill footpath half way along Hilltop where Klip road joins. All welcome and we'll walk slowly and steadily uphill for about a kilometer to the first population of flowers, stopping to see any birds along the way too. Maybe allow 1-2 hours depending how early you want to return, and longer if you want to continue to see if we can find more spots.


From Oliver

Saving water – a suggestion from Rose

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A victory for now in the Tsitsikamma National Park

The Friends of Tsitsikamma are pleased to announce a victory in their court case against the Department of Environmental Affairs and South African National Parks. See:


Ladies sailing jacket – second hand, size large, to buy.
Teresa Neasham:  073 756 3851,


Tee Shirt  – In front of no 10 Beach Road Dark blue, long sleeved REAL KIDS basicsize 7/8 early this morning.
Marijke Hughes:  021 780 1827

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