La Motte runs a flower-growing operation cultivating a limited variety of relatively rare flower species
In harmony with wine-making and its natural surroundings, La Motte runs a flower-growing operation cultivating a limited variety of relatively rare flower species. In 2005, La Motte purchased the world’s largest private collection of disas from horticulturist Prof. Sid Cywes. Named after La Motte’s owner, the lovely orange blend Hybrid Tea Hanneli Rupert rose adorns the landscaped gardens of the estate and fills the air with its subtle sweet perfume.
As part of its biodiversity principles, La Motte has reintroduced the Franschhoek Pride or Blushing Bride to the mountain on the estate, while indigenous Protea gardens have been established on its slopes.
Flowering (depending on season)
The blushing bride is one of the most delicately beautiful flowers in the Western Cape region. Botanically known as serruria florida, it was officially discovered in the Franschhoek Mountains in 1773. The flowers then disappeared from the scientific annals for over a hundred years.
Also, known as the Franschhoek pride, the blushing bride is a member of the Proteaceae plant family – a component of the South-Western Cape region. Serruria florida has a high economic potential. It is easily grown from seeds, responds very well to pruning, is a fast grower and flowers within 15 months of germinating. However, it is relatively short-lived and only produces a commercially viable crop for about three years. As a garden plant, it is superb, provided its roots are not disturbed.
La Motte is passionate about the reintroduction of blushing brides into the Franschhoek biosphere, in line with the biodiversity initiative.
In season, from May to July, blushing brides may be purchased from the La Motte Farm Shop.