Early morning sunlight is caught by my solitary freesia in a pot on the stoep. Such a cheerful bright spectacle.
I’ve mentioned recently that the garden centres were shut due to Lockdown earlier in the year, when I wanted to replenish my dwindling supply of bulbs. For once I had remembered at the right time of year! Coming from England I still think Spring is in April and you plant your bulbs in September.
Yellow Freesia 3
But of course, that is topsy-turvy down here, like everything else. You have to plant in April for your Spring bulbs to pop up in September. Year after year I only remember in September, that I should have planted them in April. Oops!
What can I say? I have found my formative years to have a huge impact on my life.
Oh well, this, along with so many other things, will have to wait until 2021 – which is going to be the Best Year Ever!
The evening sun illuminates my few Dianthus flowers with its last rays.
I usually plant Pansies as my winter flowers in this bed. However, the garden centres were closed earlier in the year, due to Lockdown, so I had to make do with these Dianthus that, luckily, I’d bought just before.
They sat there very quietly to start with, all green leaves, with barely a glimmer of colourful flowers. Now they are blooming merrily away, in various shades of red and pink, and cheering my winter days.
To be honest, I can hardly say that the sun ever really left! Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with very mild winters.
Here I’ve photographed my Poinsettia in a little morning mist. The plant is a good 6 metres (20 feet) tall, so basically a tree. I have to shoot from underneath and with my arm high above my head to try to capture the red leaves, technically called bracts.
Right now my garden is full of plants and shrubs in bloom.
The Sunbirds have returned to the Honeysuckle; the Camellia is filling up with large pink blooms; and of course, the Poinsettia is a lovely splash of red in a mostly green world.
Still, it takes some getting used to, after growing up in the North of England, where you had real winters!
Also, most of my Readers live in the Northern hemisphere, where you will have just experienced the Summer Solstice and your longest day. Hopefully you have many more summer days to look forward to!