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A look at the lighter side of life - from the Other Down Under

Freesias

Freesias

Haiku 278

Carry on shining

Filter sunlight through petals

Still providing joy

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I cut these few freesias before they got too frazzled, as they were growing horizontally. They continued to give me pleasure as they sat in their vase on the little side unit, bathed in sunlight.

My freesias have all just about finished. Now I have the long wait for the leaves to shrivel up and the bulb to restore its energy, before I can tidy up the plant pots.

But I can’t complain, as I have had many weeks of colour and scent from these little plants – and more than a few blog posts!

 

Daffodil

Daffodil

Haiku 277

A bright flash of skirts

 Differing shades of yellow

Daffy-down-dilly!

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I’m not sure how I remembered the phrase “Daffy-down-dilly” – (it must have been hiding in the depths of my childhood memories for more decades than I care to think about) – but once recalled, it was perfect, at five syllables, for a line in my haiku!

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post script: Daffy-down-dilly was first mentioned in a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1843.

The poem which I remember, is as follows:

Daffy-down-dilly

Has come to town

With a yellow petticoat

And a pretty green gown

 

Wild Flower

Wild Flower 1

Haiku 276

What you doing here?

So pretty yet unwanted

Little wild flower

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Wild Flower 2

I found this purple flower growing in the wild asparagus pot. At first I thought it was a flower from the asparagus, until I remembered that the asparagus makes white flowers, that later turn into tiny red berries.

Then I saw that the weed had grown up from the lawn at the bottom of the stoep and was actually very tall!

Wild Flower 3

Well, pretty as it is, it’s gone now, as I’ve just weeded there, on my hands and knees.

You may say, “Shame man!” (Well, if you’re South African, that’s the expression you’d use!) But this time of year in Cape Town, Everything grows madly. If I want my flowers to stand a chance of not being strangled to death, I have to weed constantly.

But no worries, this wild flower grows all around my garden.

 

A Red Rose For You

Red Rose 1

Haiku 275

Start the week brightly

Magnificent creation

A red rose for you

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Red Rose 2

This is the first rose to open in my garden this early summer.

However, it may be the only bloom that I get from this “rose bush”, because it is actually just one lone stalk!

Still, it is magnificent; large and beautifully scented.

One is enough.

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I dedicate this rose to all my loyal readers. Thank you for your support,  comments and likes. They are always most welcome, but especially over the last years of Lockdown and isolation, which have been harsh here in South Africa. 

 

Periwinkle

Periwinkle

Haiku 274

A touch of purple

In variegated leaves

The periwinkle

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Appropriated* from next door, these periwinkle keep on spreading, both in size and delight.

All the more enjoyable, because they didn’t cost me a penny!

 

*The plants grew from my neighbour’s side, under the creeping vines that were removed when the wall was put up. I can’t help it if some of them preferred my side!

 

Pinky

Pink Freesia

Haiku 272

Latest addition

Shyly showing her colours

All pretty in pink

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My freesia bulbs continue to open in a variety of colours. The latest is this pretty pink one.

So far it is the only pink, among many white, red, purple and yellow.

At about R3 a bulb, these were definitely a good buy!

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R3 is about 15p in UK, or 21c in USA.

 

Broken Down

Red Rose

Haiku 271

Broken down beauty

Dusky petals unfurling

Lovely to behold

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Sometimes when I am at the local shops buying boring supplies, I will also buy a bunch of roses. We enjoy them for a week or two, as the buds slowly open.

There are always 15 roses in the bunch. However, when I was trimming them and placing in a vase, I only counted 14 roses. Then I noticed one stalk with no rose!

I found the head of the rose on the floor.

So I popped it in my tiny cut-glass vase, filled to the brim with water, and placed it on the window ledge in the kitchen.

This bud too is slowly opening up.

And it makes the washing up much more pleasant!

 

Background

Background bokeh effect

Haiku 269

Not in the limelight

Never underestimate

Your background power

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While looking through my photos, I came across a few with lovely bokeh effects. This one in particular stood out.

And it made me think!

The object I was focusing on only shone because of the amazing blur, or bokeh, behind it.

Just like life!

If it weren’t for those of us in the background, no-one would be seen to shine!

So here’s in celebration of all of you out there, who, like me, are a Mr Spock and not a Captain Kirk!

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post script: So what is the photo? Surprisingly, this was in the background when I was taking a close up of a freesia. It is dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves of a honeysuckle behind the freesia. No I’m not going to show you the whole photo, because today is the turn for those in the shade to shine!