Sunday, February 10, 2013

Home, and in the garden

I'm home again after a wonderful visit to family in Brisbane for the birth of my granddaughter Lila. She looked like an angel on Christmas day and smiled sweetly at anyone who stopped by. The dress she wore is hand embroidered on a soft cotton fabric and originally came from Portugal in about 1980 - worn then by her mom. How time flies!

Back home in Cape Town the weather has been hot, dry and very windy. Some of the plants in my garden have taken a severe beating, but there are a few spots of colour here and there. With some extra watering, the hibiscus have suddenly come to life.

I love the blue of this barleria.

The first flowers on the wild orchid...
When I left in October the frangipani had only just put out its new leaves. Now the little tree is covered in blossoms that I can see outside the kitchen window from where I stand cooking at the stove.