Botanical garden visited!

On Thursday  we( my student and I) had to take the train in to Wellington.

We made arrangements earlier in the week to visit the Botanical garden in Wellington!

Arriving at the station –

No train!

The lady in the ticket office told us a bus would take us.

The bus picked us up and we had to stop at every station to pick people up.

Were there people!?

Many, many wanted to go to Wellington in the 10 o’clock train(bus).

School holidays!

It took us a bit longer than using the train.

Arriving in Wellington we went to the cable car.

It took us to the top of the hill.


We walked down the hill and saw the following!


Very windy and cloudy also cold at first.

We enjoyed the day.

Springtime at last?





I have to share something beautiful with you all!

The cherry trees are in full bloom.

This year they are covered in white







Musiek: Wysie uit die Alpe; verwerk: G.G. CILLIÉ

Dis heerlike lente, die winter’s verby;

weer nooi berg’ en klowe vir jou en vir my.

Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o. Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o!
Die bergklim is heerlik, dit hou mens gesond.

Die vroe-, vroeë môre het goud in die mond.

Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o. Hol-la-dri-o-ha, hol-la-dri-o!


Thursday Pot Luck afternoon tea!

As you all know I am a member of Time Bank.

Every Wednesday morning we visit

the Mayfair Cafe.

Drink a cup of tea/coffee


socialize  with each other.

Last Wednesday was not different.

One of the ladies invited us to her home.

We had a wonderful afternoon together.

Our host first showed us her new home.

Then we went to the garden with its beautiful flowers and colors.

Some of the ladies sat outside while the others went on looking around the garden



There is also a guinea pig who wanted some attention!


Our lovely table all set and ready for the occasion.



Spring-flower-power no 5: Daisies


The Latin name ‘Asteraceae’ is derived from the type genus Aster, which is a Greek term that means “star”.[11] ‘Compositae’, an older but still valid name,[12] means composite and refers to the characteristic inflorescence, a special type of pseudanthium found in only a few other angiosperm families. The study of this family is known as synantherology.

The vernacular name daisy, widely applied to members of this family, is derived from its Old English meaning, dægesege, from dæges eage meaning “day’s eye,” and this was because the petals (of Bellis perennis) open at dawn and close at dusk.


My take on a few “daisies”


Spring -flower-power no 4: Marigold(Afrikaner- afrikaans!)

Here are some Marigolds.

In Afrikaans we call them



Tagetes species vary in size from 0.1 to 2.2 m tall. Most species have pinnate green leaves. Blooms naturally occur in golden, orange, yellow, and white colors, often with maroon highlights. Floral heads are typically (1-) to 4–6 cm diameter, generally with both ray florets and disc florets. In horticulture, they tend to be planted as annuals, although the perennial species are gaining popularity.

Depending on the species, Tagetes grow well in almost any sort of soil. Most horticultural selections grow best in soil with good drainage.



Petunia is an easy to plant and grow flowering plant that can provide a vibrant and colourful feel to your garden. The popular flower derives its name from French, which took the word petun, meaning ‘tobacco’.

Then one of my favorites



Impatiens walleriana

Impatiens walleriana (syn. Impatiens sultanii), also known as busy Lizzie (United Kingdom), balsam or simply impatiens, is aspecies of the genus Impatiensnative to eastern Africa from Kenya to Mozambique.

Spring-flower-power no 3 : Trillium and Clematis


These are very different!




Plants of this genus are perennial herbs growing from rhizomes. They produce scapes which are erect and straight in most species. There are three large bracts arranged in a whorl about the scape. There are no true aboveground leaves. There are sometimes scalelike leaves on the underground rhizome. The leaflike bracts are photosynthetic and are sometimes called leaves. The inflorescence is a single flower. There are two subgenera. In T. subg. Trillium the flowers are mostly born on a short stalk (pedicellate) whereas in T. subg.Phyllantherum the flowers are born directly on the bracts (sessile). The flower has three green or reddish sepals and usually three petals in shades of red, purple, pink, white, yellow, or green. There are six stamens at the center. There are three stigmas that are borne on a very short style, if any. The fruit is fleshy and capsule-like or berrylike. The seeds have large, oily elaiosomes.[2]




Two hybrids


The genus name is from Ancient Greek clématis, (“a climbing plant”). There are over two hundred and fifty species and cultivars, often named for their originators or particular characteristics.


Spring-flower-power no 1: Pansies

Yesterday I had a ball taking photos of flowers at our

Gardening shop.

I could not stop taking photos.

I am going to show these awesome Spring flowers in a few posts.

(Can’t put them all together!)


The pansy or pansy violets are a large group of cheerful looking hybrid plants cultivated as garden flowers.

The modern garden pansy had its origin in the Iver, Buckinghamshire, estate of James, Lord Gambier, whose gardener William Thompson began about 1813 crossing various viola species with Viola tricolor.

A wide range of flower colours including yellow, gold, orange, purple, red and violet, and many with large showy face markings, are available as a result of enthusiastic pansy breeding.

These plants are generally very cold hardy and able to survive freezing conditions even during their blooming period. Plants grow well in sunny or partially sunny positions in well draining soils.

Enjoy the beauty of their pretty faces!