I saw a whole bed of these wonderful spring flowers growing outside Tygervalley shopping centre, and the spring Namaqualand Flowers are already in full bloom. It truly seems like we are having an early spring, very strange for July.

Wilting Sunflowers

Although it is the middle of winter, the last few days have been unusually warm. Even the local fynbos flowers are blooming (I have even been walking around in a T-shirt). But while the weather has been wonderful, I think that it is just about over, and we are going to be in for the much needed winter rain in a few days.

I think that these wilting sunflowers that I bought Lois the other day represent the weather (and no, they were not wilting when I bought them!).

An early spring?

One of my desert plans has burst into bloom. Although the shortest day this year was just a few days ago, it is a little early for spring flowers. Winter is far from over, but I shall enjoy the brief respite and dash of colour in my garden before the rain and cold come back for another month.

A rose by any other name

A nice bright yellow rose to brighten up the day. Taken at Aunth Ruth’s 90th birthday party.


A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1600



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