Pelargonium x zonarctic
Helichrysum 'Country Park Silver'
This morning I found that some Sparaxis flowers had opened on the very day of the opening of the World Cup in South Africa, not deeply symbolic, but a nice coincidence. It occurred to me to make note of other South Africans that are currently in bloom in the garden.
Choosing only those in flower, I found Pelargonium x zonarctic ( which as far as I can gather refers to zonal pelargoniums crossed with a species). I grew this from seed and this year for the first time it has bloomed; it turns out to be a lovely large white flower with red and pale green markings. There is something very satisfying about growing species and close to species pelargoniums, their interesting structure and subtle flowers are fascinating. Check out Matt Mattus for some more images of this genus.
Other South Africans include Helichrysum 'Country Park Silver' ( hardy here in a trough for the last 5 years), Ornithogalum dubium, Rhodohypoxis baurii and Clivia miniata.