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Powder-puff tree: Subtropical swamp mysteries in the garden

There is something mysterious about the Powder-puff tree. Although associated with mangroves it can thrive with dry feet in the garden, exuding a powerful pungency when in flower, it has a lush subtropical presence yet remains self-contained. Continue reading “Powder-puff tree: Subtropical swamp mysteries in the garden”

Holiday cheerfulness: The sunshine colours of yellow

There are two dictionary definitions of cheerfulness: first, the quality or state of being noticeably happy and optimistic; and second, the quality of causing happiness. Continue reading “Holiday cheerfulness: The sunshine colours of yellow”

Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time

Mistbelt grasslands sustain a rich diversity of life, especially when they form part of a complex mosaic that includes also forest, wetlands and rivers and streams. Continue reading “Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time”

Weekly Photo Find: African Dog Rose

Although I have featured this plant before, I thought its flowers decorative enough for another look. The African Dog Rose has elegantly showy flowers. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: African Dog Rose”

Weekly Photo Find: Woodland Freesia

These tiny freesias pop up in unexpected places in the garden. In the wild they thrive in the shade in forests, woodlands or thickets. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Woodland Freesia”

Weekly Photo Find: Pink Pompom flower

Another in the series of flower portraits, this is a cluster of flowers of the Dais cotinifolia. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Pink Pompom flower”

Weekly Photo Find: Wild Iris Portrait

Another flower portrait this week. The popularity of the flowering wild iris, Dietes grandiflora, is well deserved. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Wild Iris Portrait”

The Puzzle Bush: Tough, pretty and nutritious

Among the first spring flowers are the delicately scented lilac-hued blossoms of the shrubby Puzzle bush. Continue reading “The Puzzle Bush: Tough, pretty and nutritious”

Sagewood: Spring flowers hosting many insects

One of the first spring-flowerers, the wild Sagewood (Buddleja salviifolia) produces a profusion of nectar-laden blossoms. Their pungent yet strangely sweet scent attracts many insects. Continue reading “Sagewood: Spring flowers hosting many insects”

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