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Friday, 8 July 2016

Winter - Fire and Ice

Aloe ferox in my garden

Mid-winter (July) in South Africa and the Aloes flower fiery-red against the white of frost. I've been dreading the frost, as some years it has killed all the flowers in the bud. I do have one aloe (the largest of the three, pictured below, which started flowering last) which doesn't seem to be doing so well, the flowers don't seem to have much colour, but hopefully the flowers will still reach maturity, as long as we don't have any more stints of heavy frost.

My chooks have left large, bare patches all over the garden, scrounging for any available greenery as the lawn is all but non-existent.

Lots of mist this morning, a sign that, albeit cold, the day is going to be bright and sunny!

Some say the world will end in fire;
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
~ One of Robert Frost’s most popular poems, published in December 1920 in Harper’s Magazine


  1. Morning Maree

    You should get some cycads in the garden, they would fit in perfectly with the rocks and aloes. Not sure where you stay, but if you get a lot of below zero weather, you should look at finer leave species.


    1. Morning A, I do have one cycad, Cycas Revoluta, which you can see here : - and we do not really get much below zero weather, but we do get heavy frost, which does not affect my cycad at all. And at the moment I just do not have enough sunny spots left to plant more, I'm thinking of breaking down a wall and extending the garden! Oh ha ha ha! Like I need all the extra work! Thanks a lot for stopping by!


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