It is St. Patrick’s Day after all, so what about a song from The New Christy Minstrels?

Green, green, it’s green they say

On the far side of the hill

Green, green, I’m goin’ away

To where the grass is greener still …

We will stick with green, even though autumn is waiting in the wings, and begin  with the counting out rhyme

A little green snake

Ate too much cake,

And now he’s got

A belly-ache!

This green snake, found on the lawn at Royal Natal National Park, didn’t get a belly-ache but had its head neatly chopped off – probably by one of the gardeners.

Several streets of the town I live in are lined with oak trees. Here are new leaves shining in the sunlight.

While prickly pears are not indigenous to this country, they have spread everywhere.

Known abroad as the jade plant for some reason, the Crassula ovata is indigenous here and we have several of them growing in our garden. This one is almost ready to show off its lovely flowers.

Spekboom is also indigenous to the Eastern Cape and grows very easily in my garden.

Lastly, these pods of the Weeping Boerbean (Schotia brachypetala) caught my eye.


35 thoughts on “GREEN, GREEN

  1. I winced when I read about the snake, poor thing.
    I loathe killing anything and a harmless snake was not bothering anyone.
    People really need to be educated that all creatures have a right to life.

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  2. I love that rhyme about the snake who ate too much cake! 😄 So sad about the chopped head of the one in the picture! 😞
    The new leaves look so pretty against the blue of the sky! What a wonderful sight!


    • I am afraid so many people regard any snake as a poisonous snake and try to do it in instead of leaving it to go on its way. This is why I suspect a gardener had a spade in his hand and did just that.

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  3. I’ll add my own “sorry about the snake.” Not a fan of snakes—to put it mildly—but I always hate to see any creature killed for no reason other than that they exist. St. Patrick supposedly drove all the snakes out of Ireland, but I don’t think he killed them.


    • I often wonder about the veracity of that story – as intriguing as it is. Living in a country where snakes abound, I have become used to seeing them and actually rather enjoy the presence of the few that are visible in my garden over the course of a year. They truly do not seek to harm one.

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  4. Happy St. Patricks Day! I remember the Minstrel song, but the snake poem is new to me. It seems funny you are anticipating autumn and we are still waiting or spring….


  5. Oh, that song takes me right back to my childhood, listening to my much older brothers’ LP’s. The LP was handled with great care and reverence as scratching an LP was in the realm of A Major Problem. Perhaps unforgivable. But the music was always worth the risk!


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