In a vase on Monday: Holds upon Happiness
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
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 rose Thuli Madonsela echoes my friend who gives back to society with her music and her time.
|Metalasia and Thuli Madonsela rose|
South Africa rose in a sunny gold is beautiful and fragrant. But has vicious hooked thorns. Approached with kindness, the green thorns are easy to snap off, and the posy can be held without regret. Holds upon happiness
|South Africa rose|
beauty fragrance and thorns
Since my friend likes Centaurea cineraria, this time, a cutting to root as petals fall, not my usual single Prince of Wales feathers.
They say - flowers leaves some of their fragrance on the hands that give them - so added two sprigs of scented pelargonium.
|fragrant pelargonium leaves|
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