A Spring Bonanza!

We have moved into spring, and usually at this stage of the season here in the Lowveld of South Africa it is already quite hot, this year the weather has for the most part been kind and cool with soaking drizzle every few days.

Coming out of six months of various stages of lock down, and a fairly cold, dry, dusty winter, moving into spring is extra special this year. I have grasped the season with much appreciation. I have photographed every flower that I have been fortunate to find!

This was my way of ushering in spring. It’s a pen drawing on paper. Some of the flowers are just imaginary.
These little orchids in the custard apple tree were the first to bloom. They are always on time!
Then came the camellias. I pruned this shrub drastically last year, and the result was an abundance of flowers this year! 🌸
Joyful flowers popping up everywhere!
The exquisite apostle plants – a cross between an orchid and an iris. They only bloom for a day, but nearly every morning there are new flowers.
The hibiscus is in my top five most loved flowers. I love their classic large flowing petals and wide range of colours. 🌺
Daes eage quietly unfurls its rays at dawn. Peace and elation it brings to all. Even in distress, it makes one smile, No wonder, its fame is far and wide! ~ Excerpt from, Daes Eage.
In addition to being renowned for its beauty, the azalea is also toxic
in both its leaves and nectar, including honey from the nectar. Bees are deliberately fed on Azalea nectar in some parts of Turkey, producing a mind-altering, potentially medicinal, and occasionally lethal honey known as mad honey. According to the ancient Roman historian Pliny the Elder an army invading Pontus in Turkey was poisoned with such honey, resulting in their defeat! (Wikipedia article.)
I planted these amaryllis flowers from seed two years ago. I was thrilled to see the first buds and took pics of the progress. These are worthwhile waiting for even though they only last a week.
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, also known as kiss me quick. The new purple flower will age into violet, then white. After this process, the flower dies. All the shades of purple make for spectacular viewing.

For me personally, flowers are a reminder of this Truth :

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  Matt. 6. 27 -30

Copyright © Caroline Street. Art/Poetry/Photography.

8 thoughts on “A Spring Bonanza!

  1. So much beauty and colour filling my computer screen and almost jumping out into my room! Beautiful flowers, indeed. I like your gospel quote. If we could only be like the flowers and just enjoy the moment, each moment of life, as it comes, in its cycle of life and death, finding peace in the beauty of each stage of our existence.

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    1. Ha, ha, thank you! Yes, flowers just simply bring happiness to all. I love flowers so much and spend quite some time pursuing them. Just last night I dreamt about orchids. 🤪Weird, I know. True what you say about being more like a flower! Enjoying all the cycles of life and even death and finding peace through all. That’s why I love that verse. Every time I look at a flower, this is what I think of and it makes me happy and grateful to my Maker. 🌷🌹🌸🦋🌺

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