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
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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