Flowers & Trees in Graaff Reinet

The streets in Graaff Reinet are lined with trees and the gardens are beautiful – a startling contrast to the surrounding austerity of the Karoo. A description of the town in 1889 says: ‘…By bringing into it the waters of a small river, the people have made of this originally sterile spot a delicious oasis. All the streets are bordered with orange and lemon-trees, with oleanders and syringas…’.

Cactus flowers in Graaff Reinet

Cactus flowers in Graaff Reinet

Water furrows in Graaff Reinet

Water furrows in Graaff Reinet

This tree was fruiting in Parsonage Street, Graaff Reinet, but I can’t identify the fruit – can you help?

Unknown fruit tree in Graaff Reinet

Unknown fruit tree in Graaff Reinet

Erythrina Caffra seed pods

Erythrina Caffra seed pods

Large, empty pods on an unknown tree

Large, empty pods on an unknown tree

Port St John's Creeper

Port St John’s Creeper

'Bird of Paradise' Tree - Caesalpinia Gilliesii, native to South America

‘Bird of Paradise’ Tree – Caesalpinia Gilliesii, native to South America

Hibiscus

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