“Come to sunny South Africa” was an important slogan back in the 60s and 70s when South Africa was being marketed internationally as a holiday destination. Of late we have quoted it rather wryly. I have spent much of the last three weeks with one eye on the weather, hoping to get the perfect shot to enter into Gardening gone Wild’s April photo competition, where the theme this month is ‘Light’ No luck, no light. It has been drab, and our approach road is possibly in the worst condition it has been in in over 10 years because of the constant drizzle. When the light improved late this afternoon I set out, but not one sunny shot – by then the lower reaches of our valley where my garden is were shaded. However I will bravely enter the photo below – although the light is indirect, it is also backlit, as I was in the dark under the trees, seeing the light through the autumn leaves of Prunus subhirtella pendula and Acer palmatum atropurpureum.

Weeping Cherry and Japanese Maple over the stream

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