Tag Archives: plants

Syringa Spring

sunset

As the sun sets on winter, spring is already bursting forth.

See the new growth on the Syringa tree, silhouetted against a pink and lilac sky.

A Syringa Spring!

 

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Heaven Scent

Freesia

Heaven Scent

Even the brightest Sunbeam

Needs a little rain

Sometimes

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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.

 

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.

Hooray!

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

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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9QB1AMavZ0

 

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.

 

Radiant

Poinsettia Sunset

Radiant

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

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