I stumbled on a small piece of heaven today; whilst scouting Stanford and Hermanus for accommodation that is required for future tours; having viewed a few locations, we made a turn at Stanford Hills Estate. Initially the wine and wine tasting was the draw, followed by the potential accommodation on this and neighbouring farms, but then, guess what I found?
Flowers! Hundreds of stems of them. Specifically, Leucospermum, a variety of pinhead protea and part of the indigenous fynbos found in this part of the Western Cape.
As a florist in the UK I was very familiar with the beautiful South African flowers, but it was so nice to see them growing wild (prolifically!)
Turns out that Stanford Hills Estate is not only a wine farm, but also grows these and other flowers as well as olives.
This is pretty much how I felt – all kind of swoony!
Stanford Hills Estate is part of Weltevrede farm, the original home of a unique species of Leucospermum (also known as a pincushion) which is called ‘Veldfire’. You can read more about their flower growing here.
Between August and December, when the flowers are in full bloom, 15 full-time members of staff cultivate, cut and condition the flowers ready for export to Holland, Germany and Switzerland.
I love it when my daily travels uncover little adventures such as this one and I haven’t even begun to tell you about the farm itself!
Know of any good flower farms in Cape Town?