The grasslands on the Haenertsburg Common can give  a magnificent spring floral display, especially if the long grass was gently burnt during the winter, and there is sufficient early rain. I don’t have that (I’m working on it!) but my summer meadows, which start maturing around now, are pretty good.  Here Doubly is waiting to see if this will turn into a walk or whether he has followed me out under false pretences.  Below is the jewel in our meadow’s crown – Gladiolus dalenii. It is strange that there are two completely different strains: one in bright yellow and orange which flowers in autumn, and this one, more common in our area, which flowers around mid-summer.  This one is quite colourful – often they are a soft lime-green with brown markings. (Incidently – we mark summer from around mid October when the spring flowers are over to Easter or later – over 5 months we call summer! Spring is less than two months, as is autumn, which leaves only about 3 months for winter… But I am thinking of all in the North today, for whom the longest night has finally come!)


8 thoughts on “WEEKLY PIC: DECEMBER WEEK 4

    • Unfortunately no longer a puppy, Tatiana, but an aging dog. He used to swim for hours but now he hardly ever goes into the water. He is old and arthritic and I fear won’t survive next winter.

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  2. Dear Sir
    I would like to get in contact with you regarding a picture on your blog. We on Kairos Future, a Swedish research and consulting firm (www.kairosfuture.com) are writing a report about garden interests among gardeners around the world. We have read a lot of garden blogs in fifteen different countries too see what is fun, interesting, upcoming etc in the world of gardening. It will now result in a report about Global garden passions. As the report is a result from the world of blogs we would like to have picture in it from different garden blogs worldwide. On your blog we have found a beautiful picture that we would like to ask for your allowance to use in the report. It is the picture in a text with pictures from “December, Week 1”. It is the third picture that we would like to use.

    I would be very grateful to get in contact with you regarding this picture; my email is nilla.persson@kairosfuture.com. Of course you will receive a copy of the report when it is ready.

    Thanks and Best regards
    Nilla Persson
    Kairos Future

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