My untidy, overgrown garden is akin to a poem – a poem that changes with the seasons and the light. On this hot afternoon I walked across the unmown grass to admire this clambering rose that has wound its way through a tangle of undergrowth from the terrace below to grace the top of the Dais cotinifolia trees. From that lofty spot it almost glows in the late afternoon light and the white flowers remain luminous until there is no longer a vestige of light left in the sky. It rains white petals throughout the day.

I turn to admire the patch of flowers that I nurture as best I can with little water at my disposal. They provide cheer on sight.

While engaged in this admiration, my attention is drawn to the bird feeder being visited by Bronze Manikins.

I turn to see how the nasturtiums are doing in their pots and am greeted by these happy colours.

Next to them are the pink flowers from a broken off twig that I once picked up in the veld.

Now, covered with tiny praying mantids and an assortment of minute insects that have leapt off the unmown grass, I retrace my steps to enjoy the much cooler interior of my home when I spy a bird hopping about the branches. It obligingly steps into the sunlight to reveal itself as a female Pintailed Whydah.

I said my garden is a poem – more accurately it may be the kind of sonnet that draws attention to this and that aspect of it. If that is so, regard these pictures as the sestet that rounds off the exploration of a garden filled with life.


31 thoughts on “OCTOBER SESTET

  1. Beautiful. And you have Dianthus- my favourite flowering annual 🙂 Love the little Bronze Manikins- they come to our garden over quite a short season, when the ornamental grasses are producing their seed. Amanda


    • Thank you, Amanda. These dianthus plants have lasted for a long time and I am pleased that the gazanias in front have not succumbed to the ongoing lack of water. Bronze manikins used to pay us fleeting visits too , but have, over time, become permanent residents/visitors. They are such ‘happy’ birds.

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    • It is in a way: I inherited it as a very small plant that has taken about twenty years to work its way through the vegetation to this point 🙂


  2. It always amazed me how many flowers you had in your garden when I first followed you and you were in the midst of the drought. I was at a large park today where 90% of the lagoon had dried up, just sticks and mud. You say “little water at my disposal” so I guess the drought is ongoing, just not as bad. Here in Southeast Michigan we are 9 1/2 inches (24 cm) delinquent in rain.


    • So far we have received 40cm below the average expected for this month. In addition, we have water in our domestic taps only every third day – which means there is very little water to use for gardening. Light rain every – very – now and then keeps the garden alive 🙂

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      • Amazing. Another trip to a marsh today – water gone 90% and sad to see egrets or herons fishing in that tiny 10%. A neighbor many years ago loved her perennial garden. Her husband said she could not water the garden as it was too costly and told her to use dishwater, bathtub water and washing machine/washer water instead. So she did and they thrived.


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