Summer in a Cape Winter. Part Three

Pretty Flower

African Daisy

Growing up in England, it never ceases to amaze me how mild a Cape Winter is. Yes I know, we have had storms and gales, but through it all, even when it has hailed, the temperatures have not dropped below freezing; or even approached it.

There is always something bright and cheery blooming away in the middle of winter; such as the poinsettia:-

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

the camellia:-

Camellia

Camellia

And not forgetting the little plant that could, then would, and still is! The debut of the azalea:-

Azalea

Azalea

These blooms lead right into true Spring. Today, September 1st, is actually the first day of Spring here in the Cape; and with the temperature at 28C, it looks like Summer is on the way. Already there are buds on the oak and apple trees, and the hydrangea. The hibiscus and camellia are still in flower, the frangipani has new shoots, and the bougainvillea is about to burst forth.

Pretty soon, the loquat tree will be covered in ripe fruit; the squirrels’ favourite. This makes for exciting times for my dogs; as, early in the mornings, little grey squirrels run along the top of the wall, jumping in and out of the trees, and finally make it to the loquat tree for their breakfast. They then traverse the same route back, with a loquat in their mouth. All the while, my dogs are hoping a squirrel will come their way; but the little wild things are far too clever.

 

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13 thoughts on “Summer in a Cape Winter. Part Three

  1. ady

    Sci,these pictures are truly breath taking,it has been long since I saw such beautiful pictures of flowers and I am seeing many of these species for the 1st time….Marvelous and congratulations on arrival of spring,it makes one feel nice and happy through out…. πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Not growing up here in CT, I don’t know most of the plants either! Yes, it is a perfect Spring day today. Have a good Monday πŸ™‚

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      1. ouachitashutterbug

        Well you know how we are.. we are our own worst critics so every photo I take I usually only see the flaws when someone else just sees what’s good about the picture. πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work!

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