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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Ice and sunshine

O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
the
doting
          fingers of
purient philosophers pinched
and
poked
thee,
has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
thy
      beauty.
how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and
buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
gods
        (but
true
to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic
lover
          thou answerest
them only with
                        spring)
e.e. cummings

The beautiful sharp contrast of ice and sunshine – an early-morning shot of an icy winter’s morning in my garden.

This Aloe ferox just keeps on delivering delight after delight every winter, providing much-needed sustenance of her sweet nectar to Sunbirds and insects and also making splashes of bright colour in an otherwise drab landscape.

This hardy succulent is indigenous to South Africa.

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2 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Those flower spikes are quite spectacular!

    We have aloe vera growing in our garden and they are at varying stages of popping out their flower spikes...some of the flowers have started to open. We're almost in the midst of our winter here too.

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    1. You just gotta love aloes for the lovely splashes of colour they give us in winter when everything is drab Serena! Next on my list is an Aloe Vera...

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