Category Archives: Flowers

To See the World in a Drop of Rain

Raindrop 1


To see the World in a drop of rain

Mysteries of the Universe

Swirl within your milky depths

Difficult to comprehend

The gift of life you bring


More precious than liquid gold

Your welcome kiss in short supply

Bathes each petal and blade of grass

Throwing a lifeline to survival


Water is Life


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Transformed by a little rain in my garden last week, some of my plants hang on to life by the slimmest of threads.



Autumn’s First Gold

Vine Leaf Autumn Gold


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Catching golden sun

Tucked in lavender for fun

Has Autumn begun?


I found a few golden vine leaves caught in my dried up lavender. The morning sun was just starting to illuminate them with its warming rays.

Autumn in the Cape is a beautiful, albeit short, season.

Temperatures start to drop now. I may have to dust off a jersey!


The Return of Miss Lily

Surprise Lily 1

This one always catches me by surprise: every year. Aptly named the Surprise Lily!

Her real name is Nerine Bowdenii.

I don’t normally go through the side gate, but I wanted to fetch the big wheelie bin so I could put in the tree prunings I’d done the other day and rake up under the back yard trees before our bin collection. So I wasn’t having a very great time; work you know; gardening in the heat!

Surprise Lily 2

This made the sudden appearance of my little Lily even more enjoyable.

You may be wondering what is so unusual about spring flowers bursting forth at this time of year. But this is Cape Town and we’re heading into winter.

She also seems bigger than last year, which is really good news considering our continuing drought after the third year of low winter rain falls.

Surprise Lily 3

In my previous Lily posts, there was one stalk only in April 2016 Nikon-ography #8 and two stalks in February 2017 Look who’s back. This year, March 2018, there are five stalks.

This is why I love Nature so much! If we leave things be, often they will flourish.


Faded Beauty

Old Rose

Faded Beauty

Your skirts are faded

Tattered and torn

Spotted with age

And all forlorn


Withered and tired

You hang your head

Maybe you’re thinking

Better off dead


My dear don’t you know

Can you not see

How lovely you are

Far more so than we



I found this old rose on my floribunda rose bush the other day. There are still new rose buds appearing, but it was this withered rose that caught my eye.



Bokeh 1 Plumbago

I was playing around with my Nikon camera and bokeh (the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photo).

I find plants an easy subject matter, as they tend to remain mostly still and don’t run away!

Of course, the wind always gets up just as I am about to click, so the plants still dance around.

Bokeh 2 Plumbago

I love the circles of light in the distance. Any idea what those are?

OK I’ll put you out of your misery!

It’s sunlight reflecting off the waxy leaves of my Camellia bush.


The Plant that Lived!


Here is my little pink geranium plant. It starred in my post The Plant that Lived Under the Chair last May.

The chair got moved – we were sitting on it under the trees – and Little Monkey ran hell for leather right through the plant, which is why the chair was there in the first place!

Somehow it survived long enough for me to notice the poor shrivelled thing hanging on by a thread of root and tuck it back up in the soil and water it.

Thanks LM!