Garden Route South Africa


Nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Out­eniqua and Tsitsikamma  Mountain Ranges, the Garden Route offers a diversity of breath- taking ecosystems. Featuring numerous national  parks, nature reserves, marine reserves, lakes, lagoons, rivers, wild life, beautiful beaches and little bays, the Garden Route  is truly a Garden of Eden’ and is named  for its scenic  beauty. This Garden of Eden’ forms part of the Cape Floral Region – a World Heritage Site conserving 8 500 species of Fynbos and indigenous vegetation unique to the region.


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Garden Route – South Africa’s birding Eden


Located in the southern and south-western Cape, South Africa’s Garden Route comprises five different vegetation categories – or biomes: Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Nama Karoo, Afromontane forest and Savannah.  The variation in vegetation and topography of the various biomes, contribute to a diverse range of bird habitats, which accommodate around 300 species.  Each biome is home to its own treasure of endemic birds, of which at least 30 species are endemic to the Garden Route.

Birding Birding Garden Route South Africa

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Birding in the Tsitsikamma Section – Garden Route National Park


Birding in Tsitsikamma offers a variety in choice of habitat.

There is the open shoreline as typified by the environment at Storms River Rest Camp. There is the more sheltered water ways of the Nature’s Valley Lagoon and the Groot River. There is the forest experience of the Tsitsikamma Forest. Then there is the mountain fynbos one can explore in the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the Soetkraal section.

At Storms River Rest Camp, cormorants (Cape and White-breasted), Kelp Gulls and African Black Oystercatchers are prominent along the coastline. Scanning out to sea, one should pick up Cape Gannet plummeting into the water. Pied and Giant Kingfishers can both be seen hunting fish at tidal pools or in the rivers that drain into the Indian Ocean. More inconspicuous, but also inhabiting these rivers are Half-collared Kingfisher and African Finfoot (although the most reliable place to see these species is on the Groot…

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The potato soliloquy: willow leaf ficus

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I would call this a dialogue but the tree doesn’t really talk back.
Though it does “speak to me”.
Just not in a way that I’ll admit, you see, I’m not ready for that “rest” home yet.
Not willingly, at least.
Sorry, today’s potato, er…tree.
This is, or was, a root cutting.
Much like this tree
From this post.
Our tree, besides being a little jittery from a venti espresso drink,
has some of the same problems (opportunities) as that other tree, and some more difficulties of its own.
We have before us a ficus potato-ensis, uh…salicaria (syn. salicifolia, nerifolia)
As I said, it appears as though it was a root cutting (I’ll explain that process later).
But the “cut” end has closed over.
What is the main problem that we can see so far?
Do you remember when we were kids and giving the middle finger was still…

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Refining a ficus salicaria (formerly nerifolia,salicifolia, et al) The saga of the Willowleafianus

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……and we join this post already in progress:
I’m in Cincinatti with Evan, current president of the BSGC. Mid June. Day three of my trip. Doing some BS with the Prez of the BS of Greater Cincy and talking some BS, too.


This is the debris from removing the first root. It was cutting badly into the trunk.


When we first get a ficus tree from a nursery we should be removing any crossing or encircling roots. I realize perhaps that’s why you bought it or that’s the way it “naturally” grows but what we are trying to is to make a small, pot-grown tree look as though it is an aged, full size tree (a bonsai) The roots on a full sized ficus in the ground don’t do this


This was a tree from a bonsai artist in the northern part of the U.S. whose pines, junipers and deciduous…

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A willow leaf ficus to help me get back into the game

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I’m starting small.
How’s this?
I’m outside and working on trees again.
Well, one small tree, to begin with.
It’s a willow leaf ficus (ficus salicaria or nerifolia, salicaria etc..) I’ve had for about ten years or so. When I got it it had maybe half the girth it does now.
I need to remove the wire and do some trimming.
If’n you look real close, you’ll see some wire biting.
Perfecto! Just enough.
Let’s take a look at the nebari (root spread) and I’ll rant a little about trends and fashion.
Here’s my humble trees nebari.


Now, except for one root, I like the nebari. It’s natural looking with roots radiating the full 360 degrees around the trunk. They’re not artificially uniform either.
Now (here’s where I might get in trouble) this is a pic by my friend, Mark Fields, an excellent bonsai artist and teacher who is in…

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