Category Archives: Flowers

Unwanted?

Dandelion

Unwanted?

Sprouting from the brickwork

None-the less you grow

Waiting for that west wind

To blow

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Your seeds fluffed by raindrops

Watch the water flow

Now you’re simply waiting

To sow

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Looking more like feathers

White as driven snow

Still you go on waiting

To go

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This lone dandelion caught my eye as I passed it on the steps. It was so white, not the gold I’m used to seeing in bright sunlight, and the rain had clumped the seeds together, making the ends look like wet feathers.

It didn’t matter to me that I did not plant it, nor that it is considered a weed. I admired its tenacity, flourishing there in the bricks.

I thought it beautiful.

 

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Very Nearly Spring

Freesia 1

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Eager to appear

Start your journey in winter

By jumping the gun

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Freesia 2

Sprouting between the dead twigs of my (resurrected) asparagus fern, my spring freesias are just about ready to open. Though they are still a little green, it won’t be long now.

Funny how Nature decides when it will be spring.

By my calendar it should be 21st September!

 

I’m Still Here!

Asparagus Fern 1

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Don’t write me off yet

Though I seem withered and dead

There’s still a life spark

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My Asparagus Fern had flourished for many years in a giant pot on my stoep. Then one day, about three months ago, it died. (See Casualties of Drought.)

Asparagus Fern 2

Surprisingly, out of the blue, I spotted this one little green shoot.

Asparagus Fern 3

I guess something in there is still alive after all.

 

Snowflakes

Snowflakes 1

It does not snow in Cape Town, apart from occasionally on top of Table Mountain, so these snowflakes are about as close as it gets. They are summer snowflakes, or Leucojum aestivum.

Snowflakes 2

The sun was so bright that the tiny white flowers have little halos around them.

And here is Little Monkey modelling the flowers.

LM and Snowflakes 3

I had to whistle to get her to look my way. She was far too busy checking out the neighbourhood!

LM and Snowflakes 4

I didn’t crop the above photo as I thought you might be interested to see what the streets look like in my area. Sometimes there’s a footpath, mostly it is just grass verge.

LM and Snowflakes 5

People may wonder why the wall of this property, which runs in a straight line around the perimeter for metres on end, suddenly does a little detour here and indents for the width of a panel.

LM and Snowflakes 6

The reason is that there used to be a very large tree right here, in the property line. When the old neighbours put up their wall, instead of chopping down the tree, they detoured the wall around it. I loved to walk past and see this heart-warming little act of kindness.

Well, the tree got old and died, and eventually had to be removed; leaving a wall departing from its line for no apparent reason.

LM and Snowflakes 7

I guess at some point one of the owners must have planted these bulbs.

I love that these snowflakes have appeared and thrive in this little nook, despite never having been watered.

Hello Spring!

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post script: Spring might as well come now. It seems we had all our winter rain in May, so if it’s not going to rain any more, let it Spring!

 

Golden

Oak Tree 1

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Golden shimmering

Drying leaves and whispering

Sunlight reflecting

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Oak Tree 2

If you wonder why I talk about winter one day, spring the next and then autumn, it is because all this is going on at the same time down here in Cape Town.

It is not surprising, considering we can have a week of Berg winds and temperatures of 27C, followed by a cold front passing through, bringing snow on the mountains and causing the temperatures to plummet. If we’re lucky we’ll also get rain, but so far it has rained only once in July; our rainy month!

Oak Tree 3

So yes, technically it is mid-winter here. Yet some trees are still losing their leaves, like my oak tree pictured above, a few have been bare for a while and others are sprouting their new spring growth. Most, however, are Evergreen.

You don’t really get four different seasons here; you get summer for about eight months and not-summer for four.

 

The Frog Who Lived on the Stoep

Ceramic Green Frog

This little green ceramic frog lives on my stoep amongst my plant pots.

Frog and Plant Pots

There are other animals hiding here too.

Bunny

You have already seen Bunny.

Stone Frog

And Mr Frog.

Blue Ceramic Tortoise

There is also Mr Tortoise, a blue ceramic reptile.

Apart from all these, shall we say “less active” pets; my stoep is also occasionally visited by Sparky the Squirrel, and frequently by Cheeky Chops, the Olive Thrush, who uses Little Monkey’s water bowls for his daily ablutions.

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This post is for Garfield Hugs, who wanted to know more about my stoep pets.