That supermoon was a ‘Strawberry Moon – This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. In Europe they called it the Rose Moon. The relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year in June’ – from Farmer's Almanac.
|Supermoon, rising, slowly|
David Amerland said - ‘Google's semantic search is investing the individual with a reputation score that is tied into behaviour that includes commenting on blog posts’. Followed by Angie with – ‘Happy Anniversary. What an amazing country I was born in. I miss it. I truly do. Your blog is like a magic carpet ride - or even better when I'm reading it on my laptop in bed it reminds me of Disney's Bedknobs & Broomsticks - a privilege to be able to travel through space to a world that is captured so aptly by your eloquence and eye’. Her comment on Snow-capped Groot Winterhoek to Serendip. Angie of Tied up with String has few words in Nelson Mandela - Madiba - Tata. Marquetry – each piece thoughtfully chosen, shaped to fit, then the whole carefully French polished to a high gloss – which is also how I perceive David Amerland’s prose.
The year turns. Cape winter. Bucketing with rain one day, then balmy sunny blue skies the next. I have roses - Great North, Papa Meilland, Anna’s Apricot and Karoo Rose.
|Great North, Papa Meilland|
Anna's Apricot, Karoo Rose
Flashes of colour from happy pelargoniums, with some wide views of the garden to reveal this is no manicured horticultural space. Daisies – Dimorphotheca jucunda, Euryops and dandelions for the bees.
|Pelargoniums, Dimorphotheca jucunda and a dandelion|
Bulbs are my heart’s choice. Kniphofia, red hot pokers has long tubular flowers with nectar for the weavers and sunbirds. Acid yellow Oxalis, like a buttercup. Two rows of Lachenalia rubida along the central path between the ash tree planters. One pot filled with salmon and ruby in our livingroom for winter colour.
Oxalis, Lachenalia rubida
Looking up to flowering shrubs. Tecoma and Strelitzia, again for the birds. Euryops sunshine yellow even on the overcast grey days.
|Tecoma, Strelitzia, Euryops|
In winter our Karoo Koppie comes into its own, with blazing orange and red torches. Crassula ovata, Pink Joy is one of the Evening Rays – the April bits I tucked in now covered in flowers.
|Aloes on the Karoo Koppie|
For Wildflower Wednesday with Gail at Clay and Limestone.
|Male malachite sunbird|
Thru the bedroom windows I watch the birds in the morning sun. A Cape canary? Male malachite sunbird turning to his sparkling blue green breeding plumage.
Pictures by Jurg and Diana
text by Diana Studer