Marilyn wrote: >It looks like you're smitten with South Africa just as my family is. We go to Cape Town every year and several years >ago we bought a house there since we seemed to be "commuting" to Cape Town. So, I'm warning you... travel to South >Africa and South AFrican plants can become addicting! I've made my garden in South Africa an indigenous garden...it's >now about 90% indigenous South African plants....and I grow lots of South African plants in my gardens at home in >Pennsylvania and indoors, too. Very addicting! Yes, South Africa is a wonderful place, we never planned to go back so soon, but now we've already booked the flight. I'm thinking of trying some South African bulbs, but not sure which will stand our winters. I think it's not just the cold thats the problem, it's the wetness and damp. I saw that they have that Zantedeschia aetiopica in our botanical garden in Gothenburg, so that might be a candidate. >The Tsitsikama Forest is also wonderful. Then on to Addo National Elephant Park--this is a must! You won't only be >seeing geophytes. You'll also see succulents and amazing trees and fantastic landscapes, dramatic rock formations, > waterfalls, animals and all kinds of plants. The most important thing is to get out and "be" in the landscape >whenever you can. HIKE. We spent too much time in the car last time, this time we will certainly be hiking. We've found good places to hike at Barrydale, Hogsback, Tsitsikama and of course DeHoop, we visited DeHoop last time and I can't recommend it enough, there is a short trail at Potsberg that we thought we might try. I was just reading about Marloth nature reserve, does anyone know if it's worth a visit? >Where can I find out more about Cameron's "advanced" trip? I'd be interested in that. Heres Camerons trip: http://www.africanbulbs.com/page31.html and here is Tonys http://plantdelights.com/Tony/south_africa_p2.php/ >I'm not just a "bulb" person as I'm sure most of us are not. Any unusual plant tempts me and every plant, dull or >fantastic, gives me something to think about. Have to agree, hard to think of a plant I don't like. >South African plants are my passion. I'm a neophyte to this site too, so I hope this response is not too wordy, >personal, or non-geophyte oriented for this discussion. Marilyn Thanks very much for your reply, I too hope we're being geophytic enough! Finally another question, where is the best place to see Strelitzia regina growing naturally? Best regards Neil PS. Corydalis intermedia and Anemone nemerosa are just beginning to flower in our garden here on Swedens west coast.