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Morning Glory

March 27, 2011

On the Sunshine Coast (sun, forests and surf) of South Africa, seasonal changes are not apparent in the same way as in the Northern Hemisphere.  For one, we’re all tipsy turvy and enjoy Christmas on the beach.  And for another, “Fall” doesn’t “fall” but rather hangs on, so to speak – greenly.

In my experience it’s like this:  Spring shows in bursts of Jasmine blossoms in my garden in particular and generous green growth in general.  As Summer warms our Southern hemisphere of the Earth, I watch and wait for the progression of flowering of various plant genera in my garden and throughout our town:  patches and drifts of time-based colour, starting with the startling orange-reds of our indigenous Coral trees (Erythrina).  Autumn is time for indigenous plants like blue Barleria (bush violets) and fiery orange Tecoma Capensis (Cape honeysuckle) in the veld (I love!); and in the forests,  Plectranthus,  beneath green trees, big bushes bearing feathery blue-purple flowering spikes; and the ground-cover species, closer to the earth, more of the same, smaller, in white.  Winter is the time for tall seeding veld grasses turning ever creamer, paler and fuzzier, blurring and softening the edges – oh, so soft and pretty.

Behind our house and outside our bathroon window is a narrow dirt alley garden with an impressive Delicious Monster in the corner.  Each Summer I watch as small seedlings from the previous year’s spectacle of Morning Glory (Convolvulaceae) shoot up and wind and climb and twine up the wall, entangling themselves in a gloriously profuse mess of furry tendrils, heart-shaped leaves and the most incredible display of blues and purples amongst the lush, jungle greens.

Isn’t the colour range within one blossom astoundingly beautiful?

And now I think I might need to find some long sleeves, and maybe even re-visit my sock drawer, oh and maybe another beer (seasonally non-specific 😉 ).

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  1. March 27, 2011 6:19 pm

    I’m so jealous, here in southwest Oklahoma, USA I have 2 seasons, Cold ‘dry’ windy winter and then jumps to Hot, ‘dry’ mostly windy summer.
    For miles in any direction, mostly all you will see is is miles upon miles of wheat or cotton fields.

    Happy gardening, and yes your correct it is close to time for a cold American style beer.

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