I love striped roses, inspired by Rosa mundi. Spring Promise is PINK. Chaim Soutine striped in shocking pink and white.
From Autumn Fire to Spring Promise.
My shade parasol is Dais cotonifolia, pompom tree, full of buds anticipating Christmas. This tree from Eastern South Africa would prefer some summer rain and is looking happier this year. The bark is tough, and is used as cord in Kwazulu-Natal. ‘Dais means a torch in Greek, and the genus got its name from the resemblance of the stalk and bracts holding the flowers to a torch about to be lit. The leaves resemble those of another genus Cotinus, hence the species name cotinifolia’. Dais is Thymelaeaceae but has leaves like smokebush. For info about South African plants I go to PlantZAfrica.
The Melianthus major waves its arms OVER the tree and flourishes its leafy umbrellas. Lopping limbs off as the flowers go to seed and there is no longer nectar for the sunbirds. Was surprised to see sunbirds busy in the blue sage, but I remember they like Salvia greggei with its fierce pink/red flowers. Since our sunbirds don’t migrate, I’m trying to make sure there is nectar for them year round.
Trimmed the fluffy grey trousers off the Artemisia afra, now we can see the third pair of arrow slits again.
|Spring Promise from the window, Dais 'torch' buds waiting to be lit|
Melianthus and Pelargonium, Spring Promise from the sundial
|Spring Promise at Paradise and Roses|
out of the window, to the mountain
down the path, and again from between the windows
For Spring Promise I seek – blue. Glaucous foliage looks not real, not true. The flower that enchants me most is the Festuca glauca. I know grasses make flowers, but I didn’t expect BLUE flowers! They ripen to gold.
The blue grey border is – Festuca glauca blue grass, Dianthus. Pink Pelargonium.
Pictures and words by Diana of Elephant's Eye
- wildlife gardening in Porterville, near Cape Town in South Africa
(If you mouse over brown text, it turns shriek pink. Those are my links.)