In our valley, winter is a beautiful time of the year! This year, it is much greener later than usual, as we had wonderful late rain. That is why we are blessed with fields of aloes everywhere. The pale pink little aloes, Aloe greatheadii v. Davyana, have been flowering prolifically.

This aloe species are endemic to the Northern Province and Gauteng and are an important succulent component of the Witwatersrand area. According to one of our beekeepers, Sue Oxborrow, bees love it, because the concentration of nectar is very high in their flowers: “This is nature’s way of ensuring that bees and other nectar gathering species like sunbirds get a high level of energy, providing food during winter. Isn’t nature amazing? Flowering just when needed!”