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 Post subject: Spring is sprung
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:42 am 
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Spring is sprung, the grass is ris.
I wonders where the birdies is.
They say the birds is on the wing.
Ain't that absurd?
I always thought the wing was on the bird.

from a children's poem.

I love Spring. I look forward to the arrival of new blossoms, the wonderful fresh greenness, the sounds of bird call cutting the early dawn.

I have noticed the first signs of this fresh arrival.

The Jasmine at work has started to blossom.
My little brown jobs are turning into little yellow jobs, or even more exciting the Bishop is on its bright red way.
The Egyptian geese are starting to sparkle.

New pliable shoots are springing from dead branches....

What are you noticing?

I just love this time of year.

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Knobthorn trees have been in bloom since the beginning of June, and magic guarri bushes too. A couple of days ago we heard a Diederick's cuckoo.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring is sprung
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Spring started sprunging about 3 weeks ago here. The air softened, scented with jasmine, my snowdrops started flowering and all the birds have perked up. My orchids have sent out long flowering spikes. My roses have been pruned and are sprouting afresh. The female monkey's bellies are starting to show the new life that they are expecting in a couple of months time. My dog has started shedding his fluffy undercoat. The first YBKs were spotted in our area last week. I love this time of year with all its renewal and regrowth.


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EJ, Sampajane 8)

I have also noticed the birds are growing their long breeding tails.

When I lived in Cape Town I was always aware of a little white bell like bulb flower heralding a change in season. For me Cape own was about Arum Lilies.

At the moment we have a lot of Aloes in bloom. Lovely 8)

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My aloes are mostly finished now. They are one of my favourites in my garden.

And if I look out my bedroom window, there are 3 arums flowers along with some yellow ifafa lillies.

The only bird we get around here with a long tail is the paradise flycatcher. I haven't noticed any of them yet.


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We also saw our first Yellow-billed Kite of the season yesterday wheeling on high, one of the first arrivals!
but I am always a bit wary of Spring, lovely season full of new growth and promise
but I think we are still in for many a cold front sweeping up and across the country, the ones that bring the snow to the high lying areas. :wink:

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Seen my first snake lily flowering. I hope the first of many. (Scadoxus puniceus)


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 Post subject: Re: Spring is sprung
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I agree, Elsa. I've always thought that spring is the coldest season of the year for us especially when it drizzles with soft spring rain for days on end. Right now we could do with some of that rain.


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Shhhhhhh Mouse, the Erythrina trees are looking lovely in Joburg but all it needs is one cold night to turn the red blossoms into black, shrivelled, dead things. Last time it happened was in August. Hopefully this year they will remain beautiful and red.

I love spring (when it finally arrives) because we have summer ahead of us. :D


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Uh oh....... that means autumn and then winter are on the way here.
Not my favorite time of year :cry:

On the positive side, it does mean that I am that much closer to my trip to SA and Kruger in December :dance: :dance:


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We haven't had much of our usual frost, yet, this year, with the result my small shrubs that usually lose there leaves have not done that, my roses are starting to flower and I haven't pruned them yet
Just wonder if we are going to have a big cold snap to undo all the flowers :doh: :doh:

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chirinda wrote:
Shhhhhhh Mouse, the Erythrina trees are looking lovely in Joburg but all it needs is one cold night to turn the red blossoms into black, shrivelled, dead things. Last time it happened was in August. Hopefully this year they will remain beautiful and red.

I love spring (when it finally arrives) because we have summer ahead of us. :D


It worries me too. I think that our winter has been far too mild and we are in for another very cold snap. I just hope that it is not another black frost.

I have a lot of mulberry trees around me and I notice that there are little shoots sprouting. When the mulberries come, my fruit birds loose interest in my ''paltry offerings''. They also decorate my driveway.

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Uh oh....... that means autumn and then winter are on the way here.
Not my favorite time of year :cry:

On the positive side, it does mean that I am that much closer to my trip to SA and Kruger in December :dance: :dance:


Something to look forward to 8) I must say, winter is certainly not a season I enjoy.

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I saw a "crazy" plum tree full of blossoms is JHB last week......... I don't want to jinx it but it's to early, not that I mind my cold feet would love to be warm again in flip flops.

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Dont want to rain on the spring parade :lol: Sorry.
Snow predicted for the long weekend :dance:
It starts in the WC's Groot Swartberge on Wednesday.
" By Thursday afternoon, snow can be expected in KZN and Lesotho, with KZN possibly seeing snow falling right down into the KZN Midlands on Thursday afternoon, Thursday night and Friday morning.By Friday afternoon, a few isolated flurries could be expected in the Northern KZN Drakensburg, and by Saturday morning, it should all be over. "
Seems the fat lady has not sung yet. :wink:
Golden Gate's 50% discount looks more attractive with every second. Even if the Mountain retreat is fully booked :cry:

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