From honey scents, to slightly smelly shoes, spring has created an avalanche of aromas in our fynbos on Flower Valley Farm.
Most of these wonderful aromas can be experienced on a hike through our fynbos. So if you head to Flower Valley Farm now, here’s what’s likely to light up your sense of smell.
This ground Protea is flowering now on Flower Valley Farm. You’ll find it along the Wonky Hill Trail. The protea gives off a musky scent which does a good job of attracting mice which pollinate it.
This member of the Proteaceae family is also known as the spicy conebush. The flowers of the female cones have a distinct spicy scent. But according to botanist, Sean Privett, these flowers are encircled by oil bracts that are likely to taste horrible to protect the flowers from insects.
Flower Valley Farm is home to this Yellow Trailing Pincushion, which is flowering at the moment. The flower releases a yeasty scent, which resembles slightly smelly shoes. And this attracts the rodents which pollinate it.
These flowers really ‘come alive’ at night, giving off their honey scents only in the evening in order to attract their pollinators, usually moths. These plants grow quickly, and like many fynbos species, they’re water-wise.
The Beach buchu is often used in cosmetics, soaps and perfumes. It’s also a lovely addition to potpourris, says botanist (and Flower Valley Trustee), Sean Privett, in the ‘Field Guide to the Flora of the Grootbos Nature Reserve and the Walker Bay region’. In their natural environment along the Stinkhoutsbos Trail on Flower Valley Farm, they provide an enticing, wonderful aroma on a cool spring day.
Hikers will enjoy the wonderful sweet or herb fragrances given off by these Wild buchu leaves. Here’s a tip: During a walk, pick some of their leaves and crush them between your fingers. This provides a wonderful fragrance.
The Agathosma was used by Khoi people in the past, powdered and added to sheep’s fat to be applied as a scented body lotion, according to the ‘Field Guide to Renosterveld of the Overberg’. The ciliaris in particular has a strong aniseed smell.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust
Flower Valley Farm
Flower Valley Farm is a showcase of pristine fynbos and indigenous forests covering our mountains and valleys, and a demonstration of how to manage these landscapes well.
Birds, mice, ants and fire all play a role in the amazing lifecycle of these beautiful pincushions.
Flower Valley provides home-based outreach services in Eluxolweni and Baardskeerdersbos. Children unable to attend Early Childhood Development centers are visited weekly by a fieldworker to engage in music, movement, story-telling and art.
For 17 years, Lesley Richardson has guided and led Flower Valley Conservation Trust as the Trust’s Executive Director, and in the past two years, as Fundraising and Partnership Development Manager.
The Pincushion Hill hiking trail is beautiful every day of the year. The trail is especially striking during the months of October and November, when the Leucospermum cordifolium and Leucospermum