• Flowers
  • Bulbs at Bikoes

    We call Nieuwoudtville “The Bulb Capital of the World”. Bulb enthusiast should visit the farm Bikoes on the Grasberg road during September and early October. The pictures are just some of the bulbs that occur on this farm. Pick up a map from us and we will mark up where you should go. Not just […]

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  • Crinum veriabile

    Crinum veriabile flowers in March/April in the river bed above the Nieuwoudtville Waterfall. It is a genus of the family Amaryllidaceae and like all other Crinum species in South Africa produce large fleshy seeds. Crinum species grow well in gardens throughout South Africa and make an excellent garden subject. Pick up a map from us […]

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  • Gethyllis kukumakranka

    Gethyllis kukumakranka is a genus of the family Amaryllidaceae. You will find these bulbs with their curly leafs in the veld. They are easy to recognize. You are less likely to find the white pristine flowers as they appear very briefly during the summer months. A few months later the seed pod which can be […]

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  • Romulea Trekpad

    Romulea sabulosa.The old Trekpad is a sliver of Renosterveld just outside town,flanked on either side by wheat farming. Can you imagine what the Renosterveld looked like before the arrival of tractors and ploughs? Every year, and you can set your clock by it, this spectacular Romulea flowers between the 23rd and 29th of August. Pick […]

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  • Sparaxis tricolor

    Sparaxis tricolor is one of many bulbs endemic to the Bokkeveld Plato. The genus Sparaxis has for centuries been grown and hybridized overseas. The flowers can be seen in September/October on the farm Bikoes on the Grasberg road. This Sparaxis is a parent of all the modern hybrids that can now be bought worldwide. Bikoes […]

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  • Sparaxis non picta

    Botanists do not look upon this Sparaxis as a separate specie. It is classified as a form of Sparaxis elegance. I respect this classification but visually non picta looks totally different from Sparaxis elegance. Let’s hope that in time this bulb will be made available. On the website you will find Sparaxis elegance and you […]

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  • Smallest Brunsvigia

    Brunsvigia comptonii. In our area all Amaryllidaceae of which Brunsvigia is one of the genera, mostly flower in late summer through to early autumn. This minute Brunsvigia flowers within a matter of days after a heavy downpour. Flowering is triggered by rain and it is a case of no rain no flowers. If you are […]

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  • Smidswinkel Restaurant

    The Smidswinkel Restaurant is the nerve centre of Van Zijl guesthouses. It is open throughout the year. Even on Christmas by special arrangement. Annually during August and September there is an Art Exhibition in the restaurant. This year Dale and Mel Elliott will be exhibiting. Click here to view the photo album. Call me at (+027) […]

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  • Bulbinellas Katsterte

    In spring Katsterte will be found all over the Bokkeveld Plato that surrounds Nieuwoudtville. To see the Orange bulbinella you need to visit Glenlyon now known as Hantam National Botanical Gardens. Pick up a map from us and we will mark up where you will find the different species of Katsterte. Click here to view the […]

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  • Glacial Pavement

    The Glacial Pavement is approximately 10km from town. It is on this road that you can also reach the Hantam National Botanical Gardens (Glenlyon).Pick up a map from us and we will mark up what else should be seen on this route. The Glacial grooves at Oorlogskloof were produced by ice flow some 300 million years […]

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  • Rooibos Tea

    Nieuwoudtville is a major producer of Rooibos Tea. These pictures will take you from harvesting to the bagging of the tea. The tea is harvested in summer and is now also harvested mechanically. The pictures tell it all. Tea can be bought in town. If you are in Nieuwoudtville in the summer months you can […]