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Spring is here

October 28th, 2013 (11:18 pm)

We’ve had a few rainy days in the last couple of weeks, and on Sunday last week my wife Val bought some Barberton daisies in various colours to plant outside out bedroom window.

Barberton daisies

Barberton daisies

They are planted around a bush with pink flowers that seen to flower several times a year. We are not sure what it is called. A friend on Facebook, where we also posted the picture, suggested that it was a “pink bottlebrush”, but I’m not sure if that is correwct — does anyone know?

Pink bottlebrush?

Pink bottlebrush?

Here is a close-up picture of one of the flowers:

Pink bottlebrush?

Pink bottlebrush?

We like it, because we used to have such a bush in the garden in Melmoth in Zululand, where we lived 30 years ago, and so it reminds us of home.

And when we were driving to Johannesburg last Saturday evening for Vespers at St Nicholas Church, there were rain clouds all over, with a hole in the sky through which the sun was shining, just when we got to church.

St Nicholas Church, Brixton, Johannesburg - clouds at Vespers

St Nicholas Church, Brixton, Johannesburg – clouds at Vespers

So spring showers bring pretty flowers.


Posted by: orthodoxmom (orthodoxmom)
Posted at: October 29th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)

Oh how nice! It is quite cold here! Winter seems to want to start early. There is one lone marigold in a pot outside that has a mere tinge of orange and that's all. The grass still has some green, but the fall leaves are already falling making all look rather dismal. I'm looking forward to Spring already but it's months aways!

Posted by: Ольга Балытникова-Ракитянская (Olga R.) (olga_1821)
Posted at: October 29th, 2013 07:33 am (UTC)

I can't see the leaves well enough on your photo, but looking at the flowers - it must be pink acacia, or pink silk tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albizia_julibrissin

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: November 1st, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
60 birthday alexa

I've found out since that it's called Calliandra, or fairy duster

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