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Remember Them

Poppy Day

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


Poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon.


Hang In There

Lavender 1

Haiku 157

Hang in there my friend

Though you bow in weariness

You are not alone


Lavender 2

This is my third lavender bush over many years. They all up and die on me at some point. Though this is only a year old, I think that Sparky the squirrel has been digging around in the roots, burying nuts!

When I saw that all the green had gone, and my lavender plant looked shrivelled up and dead, I trimmed it back a little and added more potting soil.

After a short time I noticed new green growth. It looks like it may survive after all!


A Rose Garden

Rose Garden 1

Haiku 155

A burst of colour

Nestled before the mountains

Sweet scented roses


Rose Garden 2

It is a lovely time of year here in Cape Town. The roses in this rose garden are bursting into new life. Every other plant in the Cape is blooming away too, helped by some recent good rainfalls. Hooray!


Blue Friday

Blue Plumbago 1

Haiku 154

True blue plumbago

A rare natural colour

Chase the blues away


Blue Plumbago 2

While trimming my large chaotic plumbago plant, this small bloom was left on the grass. I love the colour and it was far too pretty to throw in the bin, so I rescued it.

Blue Plumbago 3

Placed in my favourite small vase, I can now enjoy it!


A Study in Orange

Orange Daisies 1

Haiku 150

Glorious daisies

Bright sunlight fallen to Earth

Radiating Gold


Orange Daisies 2

Walking around Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, there are many wonderful sights to see:

Distant mountaintops, unusual and indigenous flora, works of art, a cool stream running through a shady dell;

Orange Daisies 3

And turning a corner in the path, these iridescent, brightly coloured daisies.

I love Nature!


post script: I’m not entirely sure, but I think these flowers are what we locals call Cape Daisies, Osteospermum.