A Host of Golden –

Golden Apple Leaves 1

Haiku 251

Carpeting the lawn

Autumn hues of yellow-gold

Winter wonderland!



Following on from my Lonely Cloud post, I present:

A Host of Golden Apple Leaves,

An adaptation of the line A host of golden daffodils,Β from William Wordsworth’s poem;

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Golden Apple Leaves – Tree 2

With all the colourful blossoming going on, as seen in my last post, Winter Solstice, my winter garden could pass for summer, except for a few tell-tale signs that it is, in fact, mid-winter.

The ancient apple tree, with its winter carpet of golden leaves, is one of those signs.


post script: Yes, I know it is confusing! It is mid-Winter here in Cape Town; today anyhow. The temperatures have plummeted, gales are howling and icy rain falls intermittently. Yet the apple tree is shedding its leaves as though it were Autumn, while next to it, the large Camellia bush is covered in buds waiting to burst forth as in Spring, and most days a Summer sun beats down, while Sunbirds sip nectar from the honeysuckle! Cape Town is beautiful!



20 thoughts on “A Host of Golden –

  1. scooj

    Wonderful. Although we talk about it all the time, I still find it hard to get my head around the seasonal difference in the north and south hemispheres.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      My lawn? It looks pretty good now in winter, because we have rain. You should see it in summer – all brown and dry patches! πŸ˜€

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        Where did those last few days go?
        By the time you read this it will be Tuesday morning for you – so Happy Tuesday! πŸ˜€


  2. ladysighs

    Nice haiku as usual.
    But it must have taken forever for you to position those leaves in place. Looks a wee bit fake. Next time just let nature do its thing and let the leaves fall where they fall. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Great Haiku! It’s always an eye-opener comparing our seasons. I agree, Cape Town is an amazing piece of real estate. So many exotic plants and wildlife…..and right in your own backyard! It must be like watching a video of each season, but in fast forward! Maybe Mother Nature is on steroids!!πŸ€—

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