Spring is in the air here in Jo’burg. You can tell by the awesome blossom that is beginning to bloom. I’ve mentioned the phenomenal bird life in South Africa, but the annual techni-coloured flower show we are treated to is also stellar.
After two years in South Africa I can reliably identify Jacaranda, Bottlebrush, Red Hot Poker, Bird of Paradise and Agapanthus.
I’ve found photos of most of them, (one of the perks of walking the Cheese Thief is the fact that I have time to stop and notice these things). Surprisingly I can’t find any Jacaranda photos though. To be honest, last years ‘crop’ was a bit of a wash out, so I’m hoping for a storming purple glory show this year to share with you at a later date.
But what-oh-what is the flame topped beauty of a tree I saw yesterday? Is it a flame tree, also known as a coral tree? Please help. It’s so pretty and I’m dying to know what it is.
The only way I could remember the name of the Agapanthus was by inventing a nemonic – Agatha’s Pants are Blooming Marvelous. They are blooming marvellous aren’t they?
It’s a bit of a chicken and the egg story with the bottle brush tree. Did the shape of the blooms inspire the invention of the bottle brush and therefore invent a name for the tree? Or…did the tree have some other name or no name and was renamed in modern times after the bottle brush was invented? Who knows? Do you know?