My quest to go to South Africa began years ago and
as these things often happen, it was a meandering series of events that took me there. The seeds of my journey, literally,
came from Cape Town.
Over the years, I've grown to appreciate the
versatility and beauty of bulbs. They are usually easy to grow, have a specific season of interest, and are perfect for squeezing
in between the trees, shrubs and perennials that populate my garden. There are bulbs that bloom in spring, summer, fall and
winter, allowing me to have spots of color in my garden regardless of the season.
interests have drifted away from th tulips and daffodils of my childhood to the world of South African bulbs. I began my research
of these fascinating plants in 2003.
I found suppliers of bulbs from
South Africa to be scarce, so I set out to find seeds in order to grow plants for my small collection. I was pleased to find
the website of Silverhill Seed Company, a family-run business in the Cape Town suburb of Kenilworth.
hobby greenhouse that I enjoyed for "puttering" was pressed into service on a scale that I never imagined. Strange, wonderful
plants have emerged--some have rewarded me with flowers; others are still years away from blooming.
the late summer months of 2005, I was happy to find a new Silverhill Seed Company catalog in my mailbox. When I sat down to
read it one evening, a colorful brochure dropped out--it was a brochure about the IBSA Symposium. Reading the brochure, I
was instantly filled with longing to see the plants that I appreciate in my garden in their natural habitat. I feel fortunate
that I was able fulfill this dream.
I hope you enjoy looking at the
photos and reading about my adventures in South Africa.