South African flower books

Diane Whitehead
Tue, 07 Jun 2005 15:47:01 PDT
Most of the books I own which show pictures of South African flowers 
restrict themselves to the Cape.  Many seeds offered by seed 
exchanges and Silverhill do not come from the Cape, so I have been 
out of luck seeing pictures unless there are some online.

I was at the bookstore of the University of California at Santa Cruz 
Botanic Garden recently, and found a collection of South African Wild 
Flower Guides written by John Manning and Peter Goldblatt and 
published by the Botanical Society of South Africa.  I bought the 9th 
in the series: Nieuwoudtville, Bokkeveld Plateau and Hantam.  It is 
the most recently published, 2nd amended edition in 2002.  I chose 
this one because the first chapter describes the geology and climate 
of the area, and a couple of parts of it seem similar to where I live 
- with cold winter rainfall.  I will concentrate my efforts on 
growing plants from this area.  (except for others whose pictures I 
can't resist).

Other books in the series are Namaqualand,
Cape Peninsula,
West Coast,
Southern Overberg,
Outeniqua, Tsitsikama and Eastern Little Karoo,
Transvaal Lowveld and Escarpment,
Hottentots Holland to Hermanus

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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