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Happy Spring Day

In South Africa we celebrate the first day of September as Spring Day marking the coming of the spring season. It is the only day that most schools allows casual dress instead of the normal school uniform and many primary school children will be taking flowers to the eldery in homes, young girls (and some older ones) will pin a flower in their hair and generally we all welcome the anticipated coming of warmer weather with a spring in our step (pun intended!). Birds are making nests, and deciduous trees are sprouting new growth and love is in the air!

I’ve finished my fertilising, most of the composting and I’ve spent the last few mornings checking all the flowering plants for new buds and flowers and I’m being richly rewarded. To celebrate the the first day of spring I’m sharing my favourite buds – the ones I’m most excited about seeing in bloom …

[one_half]First Oriental lilies in budFirst Oriental lilies in bud[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ixia budsIxia buds[/one_half_last]

[one_half]More Ixias in budMore Ixias in bud[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ranunculas in budRanunculas in bud[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Buds and berries on the NandinasBuds and berries on the Nandinas[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Clivias are about to bloomClivia about to bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Murraya Exotica covered in budsMurraya Exotica covered in buds[/one_half]

[one_half_last]First Delphinium bloomsFirst Delphinium blooms[/one_half_last]

[one_half]First blossom on the Prunus sp.First blossom on the Prunus sp.[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tibouchina budTibouchina bud[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Makhaya Bella budsMakhaya Bella buds[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Mandevilla SplenensMandevilla Splenens[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Love all the new foliageLove all the new foliage[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Freesias are in bud or floweringFreesias are in bud or flowering[/one_half_last]

PS: According to Wikipedia, In South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, spring begins on 1 September, and has no relation to the vernal equinox.

Happy Spring Day to all!

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

8 replies on “Happy Spring Day”

Even though I am a day late, I still want to wish you a happy spring, too, Christine! This time of the year is always the most exciting one and I am glad that through blogging I can participate in yours, even though we are getting into autumn here. You have quite some lovely spring buds there! The Murraya Exotica is a ‘new to me’ plant. I have to look it up. I am surprised that you can grow delphiniums. I would have guessed it is too hot in your climate.

Hi Christina – Thanks for your Spring wishes. Our climate here where I live in Cape Town is very similar to yours in San Diego (so I hear from friends who have emigrated to SD). I’ve planted the Delphiums in quite a cool spot in my garden though, under a tree. They will get some sun there, but not direct middle of the day type heat, so I’m hopeful …

Alison, Crab Apple is just too beautiful!! We can’t get them here for love or money – although I have seen one in a public garden. Stunning – I would so love one. I’ve wondered if they grow from cuttings … I might have to sneak a cutting 🙂

Happy Spring Day! I LOVE all your newbie buds coming through! I forgot all the spring celebrations we did as school kids! Well, I will certainly make it up this spring! 🙂

What beautiful traditions Christine…sounds like a lovely way to usher in a new season! I wish I could say September 1 is the beginning of autumn here; 103F called for in today’s forecast!

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