Category Archives: Flowers

The Leaves That are Green

Yellow Apple Tree Leaves 1

Haiku 132

The leaves that are green

Finally turn to yellow

Flutter to the ground


Yellow Apple Tree Leaves 2

My apple tree is running a little behind the rest of the garden. I look out and see the tree is still covered in green leaves, but at least some are now falling. The oak tree and syringa have been bare for a while now.

Yellow Apple Tree Leaves 3

All the rest of the garden is green or in full bloom, like my poinsettia, camellia and honeysuckle.

Winter is weird in the Western Cape!


You can listen to Simon and Garfunkel singing “The leaves that are green.”



The Web!

SL Fynbos Plant 1

Haiku 131

So you have returned

Good to see you my old friend

Sanity restored


SL Fynbos Plant 2

This is the Mr Spaghetti Legs’ little fynbos bush, Erica Quadrangularis,┬áplanted in September 2016.

I am always thrilled when I notice new green growth and the tiny white flowers in Spring. (Yes, it is early this year, as it is still mid-winter here in Cape Town.)

SL Fynbos Plant 3

I tend to it regularly and make sure it has water throughout the drought, carrying around heavy buckets of grey water to keep it alive.

I am rewarded by its return; shown in the first photo with a tiny gossamer web encrusted with dewdrops.



So we finally got the new Router. It was the right one this time and we are connected once more to the world wide web.

It’s good to be back, as there are certain things I missed, such as easy contact with my family overseas, my Duolingo languages and, of course, blogging.

And I do enjoy “surfing” the web and watching YouTube clips.

But I am not totally reliant on it and do have days when I don’t switch on my laptop at all.

So what do I do for entertainment then?

Our TV is abysmal and I never watch anything, but I have many movies on dvd (oh hundreds!). I do crosswords, cryptic, skeleton and others, and I have always loved to curl up with a good book.

Still, it is good to be back!

Hello again my friends!


Mr Spaghetti Legs

Mr Spaghetti Legs 8

Mr SL 3


Carpets of Rose Gold

Camellia and Apple Tree Leaves 1

Haiku 128

Spring, Summer, Autumn?

Fallen Carpets of Rose Gold

Winter Wonderland



In the photo above, I took the shot into the sun and by lucky chance my trusty Canon produced the lovely rose gold carpet effect.

Camellia and Apple Tree Leaves 2

Just as my apple tree finally decides to shed its golden leaves, my camellia bush is in full bloom, also shedding many rose petals.

This is mid-winter in the Western Cape.


post script: Rose Gold is an alloy of yellow gold, copper and silver. The copper provides the red colour and the silver tones it down to produce the rose colour.



Grape Vine Leaf 1

Haiku 123

Tiny grape vine leaf

What do you think you’re doing?

It’s winter you know!


Grape Vine Leaf 2

I’ve seen this grape vine get confused before. I don’t know if it is rain or sun that triggers it to produce new leaves, but they won’t survive. Yes, it is still mid-winter here in Cape Town; and the sky really is that blue!

While checking out my apple tree the other day, and wondering when the leaves would start to fall, I noticed new growth there on the end of some branches!

I don’t know what is going on, but surely it would be better to wait till Spring, in September!


50 Shades of Pink!

Pink Bougainvillea 1

Haiku 121

Shades of neon pink

Delicate and paper-thin

Brighten up my day


Pink Bougainvillea 2

It is lovely to see this splash of bright pink every time I go into the front garden. I planted this bougainvillea many years ago and it has grown into a massive tree. Blooming happily away now in the Cape winter, it really does brighten up my day.


Strelitzia Strelitzia

Strelitzia Flower 1

Strelitzia Strelitzia.

Haiku 118

Oh Strelitzia

i just love saying that word

Bird of paradise



Strelitzia seen above pea-cocking in front of the mountains and below bordered by lavender.

Strelitzia Flower 2

This is Strelitzia Reginae, indigenous to South Africa and also known as the Bird of Paradise Flower, or Crane Lily.

Such a striking flower to see when out and about.