Tag Archives: plants

Close Up

Plumbago 1

Haiku 206

Delicate petals

Sparkling with morning dew drops

Diamond encrusted

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Plumbago 2

Just playing around with my new camera phone, Samsung Galaxy A50.

Plumbago 3

It’s got a great close-up feature, Live Focus, that produces shots like the above, with minimal skill on my part!

 

Babies!

Toadstools 1

Haiku 205

Some fun in the sun

Or magicked out of thin air?

Baby solar lamps

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Toadstools 2

Seems my solar lamps have been getting up close and personal.

Look at the little babies they’ve made!

Now some of you may insist that these are actually Toadstools!

What can I say?

It is Day 120 of Lockdown here and we’re all going a little stir crazy.

So why not a Daft Friday?

 

Anticipation!

Camellia Bud 1

Haiku 204

Camellia Buds

Branches laden with bounty

Anticipation!

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Camellia Bud 2

It may be the middle of winter here in Cape Town, but this is the time of year that my Camellia really flourishes.

Camellia Bud 3

I’ve recently posted a photo of a large camellia flower, but the buds are enormous too –

Camellia Bud 4

Already weighing down the branches, even before turning into those massive flowers.

Camellia Bud 5

In between the severe Cape winter storms, these sunny days are idyllic.

Camellia Bud 6

And my large Camellia bush is a very welcome splash of pink in the green garden.

 

Yellow

Yellow Honeysuckle

Haiku 200

Low hanging sunshine

New flowers and golden leaves

Winter’s all Yellow

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Yellow Syringa

The colour of winter in the Cape:

Yellow honeysuckle enticing the Sunbirds’ return; Syringa berries and golden leaves ready to fall; Apple Tree leaves, capturing a sunbeam;

Yellow Apple Leaf

All these make a glorious golden winter time.

 

post script: Here’s a lovely acoustic clip of Donovan singing his iconic hit “Colours”,¬†beginning with the line Yellow is the colour of my true love’s hair.

 

Winter Solstice 2020

Poinsettia 1

Haiku 198

Winter Solstice morn

The shortest day of the year

Sun now returning

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To be honest, I can hardly say that the sun ever really left! Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with very mild winters.

Poinsettia 2

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.

Poinsettia 3

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!

 

Rose and Green Girls

Roses and Green Girls

Haiku 195

Outside trips curtailed?

Bring a little Nature in

Mini peace garden

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I treated myself to a bunch of delicate pink roses on my last weekly foray outside to replenish food supplies.

These two had broken near the top of the stem. No problem; they fit perfectly in this tiny vase, on top of the piano, between my two Green Girls.

 

post script: As some of you may ask, the ceramic Green Girls came from Denmark; a gift from my mother-in-law. 

 

Autumn

Autumn Leaf in Dog Water Bowl

Haiku 193

Single golden leaf

Floating in the water bowl

I guess it’s Autumn

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One swallow does not a summer make, nor a single snowflake winter, but in Cape Town, a solitary fallen leaf does make Autumn!

Autumn and Spring are so brief here that you have to look at the calendar, rather than the weather or flora, to know what season it is.

Although there is a chill in the air, during the day it is warm and pleasant, usually around 20C, (26C on Wednesday!); what I would call a nice Summer’s day in England!

Right now in my garden, I still have roses in bloom, as well as the honeysuckle, plumbago, hibiscus and frangipani. The camellia is absolutely covered in buds ready to unfurl into massive pink flowers.

So yes, one golden leaf fallen from the grape vine is as good an indication as any that it is actually Autumn.

After all, the 20th of next month is the winter solstice!

 

Oddity

Succulent 1

Haiku 191

Sprouting succulent

Where on Earth did you come from?

Oddest looking thing

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Succulent 2

I have several plant pots on my stoep with a variety of succulents growing in them.

Mostly my succulents just grow bigger, becoming simply larger versions of themselves. I have had this particular plant for decades, but it’s never done anything like this before.

Succulent 3

So I was surprised when I suddenly noticed these flower-like things sprouting out of it, which seemed to happen overnight! How marvellous!

My plants are obviously very happy situated here, with plenty of sun, shelter and water. And I remember to water them because I fill up the dog water bowls regularly for our garden birds to enjoy a nice bath!

 

Abundance

Erica Versicolour 1

Haiku 189

New kid on the block

I know you’re happy when you

Grow abundantly

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Erica Versicolour 2

My daughter Ski gave me this lovely fynbos bush last September. It’s an Erica Versicolour, and has settled in nicely and grown a great deal.

Erica Versicolour 3

It started producing flowers almost at once and has continued to do so ever since.

We are now heading into the winter months here in Cape Town, but it will burst forth anew in Spring, next September.