Category Archives: Flowers


Illumination – Lucadendron Red Devil



Nature outshines herself

Brilliant inner heart

Light is Life



To watch the plant light up, slowly tilt your screen away from you.

Put your coffee down first!



Heaven Scent


Heaven Scent

Even the brightest Sunbeam

Needs a little rain






post script: The answer to last post’s movie trivia quiz, “Who said ‘Like molten steel’?” is Leslie Nielsen in the 1995 comedy “Rent a Kid”. He would compare the oddest things to molten steel. eg This glass is as clean as molten steel.

Points for effort go to Samanthamurdochblog and A Curious Introvert. Thanks for playing along.


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle 1

I couldn’t visit Edinburgh and not post a few photos of the Castle, seen here in sunlight.

I found that my little old point and click Canon camera often battled to capture good images, due to the dim lighting on cloudy or rainy days in the UK.

Edinburgh Castle 2

Fortunately, the sun came out to bathe the Castle in bright light, which my trusty Canon could then happily snap!

I took shots from different angles as we walked along through Princes Street gardens.

Edinburgh Castle 3

The castle is built on Castle Rock, the remains of the inner pipe of an extinct volcano from about 350 million years ago. There is evidence that humans have been living on the rock since at least the 2nd century AD.

Edinburgh Castle 4

From the 12th century there’s been a royal castle on the rock, which became used as a military barracks by the 17th century.

Today Edinburgh Castle is an historic fortress, clearly visible as a main feature of the Edinburgh city skyline.

Flower Clock

And here is a magnificent clock made of flowers that we came across in Princes Street Gardens. I’ve always enjoyed working flower clocks.


I Survived!

Erica 1

Look who’s back!

Mr Spaghetti Legs’ plant, Erica Quadrangularis, is in full bloom once again.

It has survived a whole year, of sun and drought, and of barely hanging on with its tiny little stem and measly root structure.

Erica 2

Now, as Spring approaches once more in the Western Cape, it is in full magnificent bloom. A myriad of tiny white bell-shaped blossoms adorn the dry stick-like stems.


Erica 3

For size comparison: in the above photo, those dried up brown leaves under the bush are from my oak tree. It really is a tiny plant!


And because I know that secretly you all want to see some photos of the old boy, here is Mr Spaghetti Legs.

Mr Spaghetti Legs

LM and SL

Mr SL 3

Mr Spaghetti Legs 8

Mr Spaghetti Legs



Thistle 1

This is the first time I’ve ever seen thistles.

There were always plenty of nettles growing in wild patches when I was a kid, which gave you a nasty sting when you brushed past them, but never any thistles. I guess the North of England just isn’t far enough north?

Thistle 2

So can you guess where I went on my travels recently?

I’ll give you a clue.

The thistle is this country’s National Flower and its National Animal is . . .  a Unicorn!


post script: Here’s a little thistle tongue twister for you –


Tears of a Rose

The Tears of a Rose

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.

– Bill


I’m taking a break for several weeks, so will see you all again next month.

Keep well and have fun while I’m gone and I’ll catch up with you later.

Cheers Scifi.



Poinsettia Sunset


A typical winter’s evening

Sun sinking to the horizon

Blasts out one last burst of light

Golden leaves irradiated as a backdrop

Highlight the reddest of red Poinsettia

Christmas Rose mid-winter bloom

Splendid splash of scarlet

In the coldest months

Alleviates the dull green hues

Of a Cape Town garden



post script: To achieve the best effect on the photo, turn the brightness up on your device.