This well-researched and revealing guide to the commercialisation of proteas
and greens from the Cape Floral Kingdom is a well-nigh exhaustive and fascinating reflection on the troubles involved in giving simultaneous multiple birth to turned, feet first, babies, in seed trading, gardening/landscaping, dry and fresh flower and foliage industries. With not only the babies, but their bodily parts themselves also being obnoxious (difficult to cultivate, transport, and full of pests), yet held in high esteem, due to being of royal blood. They are the dominant, prettiest, and most visible partners in the smallest, most threatened biome in the world. The flowers of plants in the Fynbos have always been available (from nature), with the markets, too, always having wanted them – Maryke’s early history extracted from Walther’s library clearly demonstrates such – albeit that the availability was the easy, fun part – basically amounting to the fertilising of the egg. As the title of the work Proteas – The birth of a worldwide industry states, the story that is unfolded herein is mainly about the protracted birth and, finally, the revolt of the youngest sibling.