Day 14 Exciting Succulents at Minwater

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We're a little internet challenged here in Calitzdorp where our conference is being held. We're promised an Internet Cafe if we can find it tomorrow.

We found succulent heaven! It started 10 days ago when we met a couple in the Little Karro Botanical Garden. We told them where we were going and they both exclaimed that we just had to meet Louis Jordaan and see his wonderful farm 'Minwater'. They went on and on about the variety of plants on the property and about how nice a man he is.

Well, we finally got our cell phone working and then got to a place where it would work, and were able to come up with his phone number. Called and he invited us out.

This is one of these situations that is better in real life than any dream could imagine it. Small succulent plants under nearly every bush. We toured at least 3 miles of dirt road with Louis and he continually stopped his truck pointed to a bush and said look there! Fantastic! The pictures here are a small part of what we saw and what we saw in 4 hours is an even smaller part of the whole on his land.


This area of South Africa was home to the Ostrich Barons of the late 19th century. Millions of dollars were made by selling ostrich plumes world wide. Then WW 1 came and the market just stopped and they all went broke. A few farms survived and the animals are now used for their eggs, meat and skins. Now there are Ostrich farms all along the local highways.
Louis Jordaan and Buck
The Ostrich Flock
He's Grand
Tortoise at Minwater
Karoo violet
Dolls Roses
Crassula coulmnaris
Crassula barbata
Crassula orbicularis
Crassula perforata
Crassula arborescens
Crassula congesta
Crassula hemispherica
Crassula falcata
Crassula expansa
Crassula tecta 'Lizard Skin'
Huernia pillansii
Adromischus filicaulis
Bulbine mesembrianthemoides
Haworthia arachnoideum
Haworthia mucronata
Astroloba smatsiana
Haworthia viscosa
Senecio radicans
Senecio articulatus, Amazing!
Aloe variegata
Aloe microstigma
Gasteria in a bush
Glottiphyllum depressum
Tylecodon taller than Yvonne
Tylecodon cacaloides

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