Ailsa’s theme this week is foliage. It’s Spring here in South Africa, so here are a few photos to show you what’s happening in this part of the world.
The first two were taken in my daughter’s garden in Johannesburg, when we visited her a few weeks ago. The lemon tree was bearing its first fruit.
The Begonias were very perky indeed.
On Sunday in my sister’s garden, the Hibiscus were doing their thing, somewhere amongst all the the foliage.
The Staghorn fern was quite spectacular,
and King Palm was looking all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
In fact, everything in the garden was absolutely lovely. 🙂
Miss Callistemon was showing off her new red dress, when we took mom back to her cottage,
and her Cycad seemed to have grown a foot since last week; obviously trying to catch up with the “Emerald Goddess” behind it.
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You know your plants, eh? I’m like hello plant, and this plant and that plant and spiky plant…
Hehehe. Google image is a wonderful thing. 😆
Ah is THAT what it is!
Only for the Emerald Goddess. We’d never been introduced properly. 🙂 I’m sure you recognise all the others, Marco. 🙂
I recognize hairy worms, running shoes and cats. If I’m lucky the wall before I run into it. The Emerald Goddess – sounds like a majestic statue you have to sacrifice stuff to before you travel or bad luck might befall you. Note to AP: if you need sacrificial victims you know where to find me *wink-wink*
Lovely all… especially love the lemon tree. 😉
Thanks so much. 🙂
My goodness that lemon tree is growing in a tiny pot! It’s interesting to se all the plants bar the The Staghorn I’m familiar with here in Portugal. Love the bottle brush bush.
what a great selection of foliage – variety is definitely the spice of life
Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
Beautiful colors and texture of the foliage. I planted a Staghorn fern about 20 years ago at my mom’s garden . I placed it on a mango tree. now it us huge with little staghorns around it.
Thanks so much. I bet your mom’s Staghorn is magnificent, Have a great day. 🙂
So many of the trees are similar to the ones here in Florida. It’s very interesting to know that. I have a staghorn fern a friend had given me several years ago. It’s a live but doesn’t grow much. I find it to be a fascinating plant.
Lovely entries for the theme ….
Thanks so much, Izzy. We have a very similar climate to your in Florida. I think my sister’s Staghorn is quite exceptional, and she doesn’t do anything to it. It just does its own thing. 🙂
Lovely! Such a variety.
Thanks, Naomi. 🙂
Beautiful. 🙂 The palms are so graceful and stately in your photos. 🙂
Thank you, Imelda. I love palm trees. 🙂
Lovely gallery – variation! My favourite is Callistemon. Wonderful colour and flowers delicious when they are on their way out from the buds. I snatched one twig from Nepal once and it grew into a small plant for half a year. Then on one of my travels someone overwatered it. I haven´t found a new one…Your photo makes me long for one again!
Thanks so much for your visit, Ann-Christine. I hope you get your lemon tree. 🙂
Small tree with big lemon! 😉 …. Thanks for sharing the pics … meanwhile, our winter is closer today than yesterday.
You’re welcome, Frank. We had the lemon on our fish, and it was very…….lemony. 🙂
WOW! Beautiful flowers and trees… some of them new for me. Thank you dear AD, you did great with your camera. Love, nia
Thanks, nia. I was just wandering around the garden with my iPhone camera. 🙂
It’s hard for me to believe that our seasons are so upside down! You’re preparing for the warmth and we’re preparing for the cold. Nice photographs!
Yes, it is very strange, Elisa. Our winters here never get really cold though. 🙂
I am hoping spring arrives here soon 🙂
Ir’s a bit late this year, Tandy, but I’m sure it won’t be long now. 🙂
Wonderful selections, AD! All are so beautiful, esp. the Staghorn fern.
Thanks so much, Amy. 🙂
Beautiful nature shots!
I specially love the one of the palm! Great perspective, makes it look even more elegant!
Thanks so much, Pablo. Glad you enjoyed . 🙂
If I add the foodie pics from yesterday to these, it’s like I’m having a very luxurious picnic at the botanical gardens 🙂
Dream on, TA. 🙂 Hope your week is going well.
It never hurt to dream 🙂
My week isn’t too bad so far, hope your’s is going well
That’s true, TA. My week is going just great, except that I keep thinking of all the packing I have to do before Tuesday. 😦
Great shots for the theme. Not so sure the lemon tree is real happy though. 🙂
Thanks, Ron. The lemon tree had just survived a rather harsh winter, so It was actually doing quite well, under the circumstances. 🙂
I love lemon trees. so fragrant 🙂
Me too, flim. 🙂
Love the lemon tree. As Trini Lopez used to sing, “…very pretty.”
Hahaha. Loved that song. I just had lemon on my fish tonight. 🙂
Jeez a lemon tree! How great is that!?! 🙂
Hehehe. My daughter’s lemon tree. I wasn’t allowed to pick them. 🙂
I don’t blame her. 😛
i love all the shapes and greens – thanks
Thanks, sidey. I had lots of fun with my iPhone. 🙂
and you have a good eye
The plants are so much like those on my little island in SWFlorida…amazing to see.
That’s interesting, Lynn. I think we have much the same climate as Florida, except for the fact that we don’t get hurricanes. 🙂
wow, the first fruits, how exciting it would’v been. Nice shots. keep it up.
Thanks so much, Henry. 🙂
I am living in the wrong part of the world! I love all your foliage, and Miss Callistemon is simply stunning!
Oh dear, Gemma. That’s really sad. Glad you like the Durban foliage though. 🙂
Beautiful ad 🙂
Thanks, Hopestar. 🙂 Hugs to you too. 🙂
Beautiful photos Ad. I have always loved bottle brushes. They look so spectacular when they are in flower.
Regards Florence x
Thanks, Florence. We used to have a huge bottle brush tree at our last house. I loved it, and so did the birds. 🙂
Lovely pictures, Ad 🙂
Lemons are my favourites!
Thanks, Dianne. What would we do without lemons? 🙂
I have a fresh one every morning – so I know I’d be lost without them 🙂
That sounds like a very healthy start to the day, Dianne. 🙂
Hi AD, the palms and ferns are my favorites 🙂
Thanks, Chris. I love them too. 🙂
In France ( Orléans ) our lemon tree has also two green lemons.
I love lemons, but have never had a tree myself. So nice to see you here. 🙂
Lovely pictures Ad.
Thanks, Cb. 🙂
Super wow, I just love those big exotic plants 🙂
Thanks, Gilly. Yes, they are impressive, aren’t they? 🙂
@Adin, the Staghorn plant, wow fantastic ! You have a wonderful photo shot my friend. Regards 😛
Thanks, Dellaanna. So glad you like it. 🙂
The foliage in my garden is looking quite divine – everything lush and green 😉
Wish my Staghorn fern looked as nice as this one does though!!
I think this Staghorn is very old, and it is magnificent to be sure. 🙂
Lovely. We may have all the flowers out over here, but the winter cold clings on 😦
The warm weather will come eventually, newsy. Hang in there. 🙂
Nice variety of foliage, Sylvia. I especially like the staghorn fern and red bottlebrush (Callistemon) flowers.
I still can’t imagine leaving all that behind, but if summer there is anything like Florida’s summer, then I think I get the picture. How lovely to have the choice. Any plans to travel west while you’ll be on this continent?
Yes, we are very lucky to have the choice, Gunta. No plans to travel west, at the moment. Maybe one day. 🙂