It's for the birds!
Of course, one of the real reasons you plant indigenous is to support the fauna of your area, as well as the flora.
Right now, since we planted a bank that bakes in the full sun with indigenous grasses (well, actually, we let the grasses that the birds planted there naturally grow unimpeded), we have been treated to a glorious sight of little bronze mannikins visiting us daily.
Then there's the woolly stork and the hammerhead who love the pond, but have to take into account stalking by our cat and the two dogs. I heard this weird cry the other day and it was the hammerhead, frustrated, shrieking with anger at being confronted on all sides by our pets. Clearly, they've learnt to work as a team - but I must note, the hammerhead was fine, just extremely cross.
The Purple-Crested Turacos (Loeries) we see almost daily at the moment; for all their beauty and the flash of their red wings as they fly from tree to tree, they are rather large and ungainly when they hop amidst the branches, looking for fruit. There's an exotic tree of some kind with little red flowers that look a bit like eucalyptus, which makes me think it could be Australian, that is in full bloom at the moment, and visited by hordes of monkeys and loeries. I was going to replace it with something indigenous, but I've not seen another like it growing anywhere (which leads me to assume it's not invasive) and it's clearly got a role in our little ecosystem, keeping the monkeys and birds alive at the moment inbetween seasons. If it's a desert season for bees, I figure it's not so lekker (nice) for birds either.
So, not flowers today, but part of why you love to plant and grow indigenous flowers. I must say, the bird life has increased enormously since we began planting indigenous ... and gardening the old-fashioned way, with leaves being left to become leaf mould, for instance, thereby attracting the butterflies and - of course, the little Cape Robin which loves to busy itself in amongst the shrubs and leaf litter.
So, for those of you in South Africa who share the summer rainfall, look out for - and look after - your birds. They need it this time of the year.