Seasons: Spring at Free State NBG
Spring (September - November) is probably the busiest time in the Garden. Plants awaken from their winter slumber and the Garden comes to life again with a multitude of gorgeous flowers. A great variety of biodiversity is to be seen at this time, making it an ideal time to visit.
Among other species, the harrow-breaker (Erythrina zeyheri) is the most prominent indicator of spring when it resprouts with its brilliant scarlet flowers.
Spring is when clivias display their orange and yellow flowers adding to the season's burst of colour in the Garden.
Towards the end of spring, the Free State's emblem flower, the Orange River lily (Crinum bulbispermum), comes into flower.
It is not only the plant kingdom that enjoys the arrival of spring in the Garden, but the animal kingdom too.
Cape cobras, which hibernate during winter, make their appearance after the first spring rains. This is the best time for snake lovers to spot them in the Garden.
Red Bishops can be seen on wetland reeds by the dam, building their nests in preparation for the breeding season in late spring.
At this time of the year the Garden welcomes back migrant swallows. Together with a host of other bird species, they start to build their nests and prepare for the summer breeding season.