Weekly pics: September week 1

1 September is Spring Day in South Africa - usually cool and miz after some great weather in August. But this year all is by the book, and it is a glorious day. So which of the many Spring Brides to show you? No douts: Prunus cerasifera 'Hessei' the tri-coloured Prunus. Her flowers are minute, single and fleeting. But they are plentiful and she has the most unusual and distinguished leaves of them all. Also she caught the sunrise before I dashed of to work this morning, so I could photograph her. Besides, surely the days of demure brides who only later show their true colours are not completely over...

1 September is Spring Day in South Africa - usually cool and miz after some great weather in August. But this year all is by the book, and it is a glorious day. So which of the many Spring Brides to show you? No douts: Prunus cerasifera 'Hessei' the tri-coloured Prunus. Her flowers are minute, single and fleeting. But they are plentiful and she has the most unusual and distinguished leaves of them all. Also she caught the sunrise before I dashed of to work this morning, so I could photograph her. Besides, surely the days of demure brides who only later show their true colours are not completely over...

Breaking the rules slightly, here she is again, this time in full leaf,  from the website of Plantentuin Esveld at Boskoop in Holland; Boskoop is well worth visiting if you have a passion for plant propogation! Visit the nursery at http://images.google.co.za/imgres?imgurl=http://www.esveld.nl/plantdias/59/59937.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.esveld.nl/htmldiaen/p/prches.htm&usg=__i_Zn177nQjo6D8E086r51SBF9Oo=&h=600&w=800&sz=148&hl=en&start=37&sig2=3vVN_PInuwEmmgLvMrtARA&tbnid=tYhBF2hpKgC39M:&tbnh=107&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvariegated%2B%252B%2Bprunus%26imgsz%3Dsvga%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG%26start%3D20&ei=EQSdSqGuMIzH-QbzvbiPBA

Prunus off web

Here she is again, photographed last week (cheating!) after some very soft rain. Each flower is only about 1cm across and shy to open fully. If you can find her, plant her. Prunus cerasifera 'Hessei' is slow to establish because of her low chlorofil count, but a dependable and trouble-free shrub or small tree thereafter. At the risk of being bashed over the head - with a saucepan ;-) - this blushing bride makes a good wife!

Here she is again, photographed last week (cheating!) after some very soft rain. Each flower is only about 1cm across and shy to open fully. If you can find her, plant her. Prunus cerasifera 'Hessei' is slow to establish because of her low chlorofil count, but a dependable and trouble-free shrub or small tree thereafter. At the risk of being bashed over the head - with a saucepan 😉 - this blushing bride makes a good wife!

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3 thoughts on “Weekly pics: September week 1

  1. So strange to me to think of you having spring, when fall is about to arrive here. That makes me sad, as I wish it would stay summer forever. That first photo is gorgeous, is that lovely spot near your home? You were right about my “salvia” being a penstemon. I had forgotten that I planted penstemon seeds!

    • Thank you Tatyana and Robin! Yes, the bridge is the focal point of the view from my house. You see it in the background in the post “Still life with fruit bowl, narcissus and bridge” at https://sequoiagardens.wordpress.com/page/2/ and of course in my page header. I refer to it as the icon of my garden, and have photographed it (and continue to do so!) in every possible season and light condition.

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