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In a vase on Monday: Holds upon Happiness

  by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity   in Cape Town, South Africa   When I pick flowers from my garden, it is, as my mother taught me , for a gift to a friend. My two new roses , with a supporting cast to cheer them on. I walked around the posy to capture each side.   West   North   East   South   Yesterday I learned that the new emoji, with jazz hands, is a virtual hug in lockdown. When my mother moved to her retirement cottage I claimed her begonia. Those asymmetrical leaves have always reminded me of hands. (All right hands ... but two rights don't make a wrong) Now a virtual hug with friends absent in time or space.   Begonia leaf as a virtual hug   Into each life a little rain must fall, but the darkness that brings rain is welcome as we move to autumn.   Dark begonia leaf - into each life a little rain must fall   My friend has returned to our False Bay suburb, and Metalasia muricata is a garden volunteer which says home to us. Pink

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