Foggy Morning

When it is foggy in the morning, it will be bright and sunny during the day. Early this morning the fog was quite thick and I could feel water vapour on my face. The ground was a little bit frosty and plants looked wet and fresh. The 13 deg. C temperature made the air cool and crisp.

In another two weeks will be Spring time, but I have the feeling that it will be cold in the beginning and many spring flowers will come a little bit later than usual. This last month of winter was  exceptionally chilly while the earlier months were mild.

Took some pictures this morning:

Succulents in the frosty morning! The Kalanchoe orgyalis ‘Copper Spoon’ in the middle of the picture is growing towering flower buds. While the Aeonium haworthii (Pinwheel Aeonium) and the smaller leafed Crassula ovata on each side look very fresh. The grey succulent on the right corner is silver Cotyledon orbiculata.

Succulents in the Frost: Left: Small Leaf Crassula ovata, Center: Kalanchoe orgyalis 'Copper Spoon' and on the right is Aeonium haworthii/Pinwheel Aeonium

Succulents in the Frost: Left: Small Leaf Crassula ovata, Center: Kalanchoe orgyalis ‘Copper Spoon’ and on the right is Aeonium haworthii/Pinwheel Aeonium

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Winter Rose! All the others are not flowering, but this red rose is blooming on a leafless branch. This happens because I did not prune it😦🙂

Leafless Winter Rose

Winter Rose

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The less appreciated Geranium/Pelargonium is showing its beauty with many red blooms that brighten dreary winter days. I don’t know why most people don’t like this old fashion plant. When friends want some cuttings that can be grown in their garden, they will never pick this poor plant. But I still love it🙂

Old Red Geranium

Old Red Geranium

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It is a surprise that this Scaredy Cat plant – Plectranthus caninus or Coleus canina is not sleeping this winter. It is even flowering now in the cold. The pungent smell is said to make cats stay well away and will not bury their treasures in the garden🙂. The sprawling succulent has nice and long lasting purple flowers that look a bit like lavender.

Plectranthus caninus

Plectranthus caninus

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By the end of winter most Camellias are flowering. Our red C. japonica has started to flower. Camellia flowers are very pretty with many different colours and sizes but they don’t last long.

Red Camellia japonica

Red Camellia japonica

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The Fairy Iris – Dietes grandiflora is daring the cold to show off its pretty white flowers that look a little bit like orchid. It is a very tough plant that will form a neat clump and can be easily divided. The pods also produce seeds that can be grown.

Dietes grandiflora - Old and New

Dietes grandiflora – Old and New

Dietes Grandiflora - Fairy Iris

Dietes Grandiflora – Fairy Iris

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The cool loving plant Diosma – Coleonema pulchellum has fragrant foliage and the tiny blooms will cover the whole plant. Diosmas will easily burn under extreme hot sun and high humidity can cause the plant to suffer from mildew and the leaves will turn brown and dry.  Ours that are grown on expose area suffered bad sunburn last summer, but they slowly recover. The ones that were not affected are flowering now.

Diosma Flowers

Diosma Flowers

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Osteospermum the African daisies have also started to bloom. It is important to trim the plant after finish flowering to stop it from becoming scraggly and  untidy.

African Daisy - Osteospermum

African Daisy – Osteospermum

Now the fog has cleared and the sun is shining brightly. It is always true that foggy and misty morning will bring you a very sunny day….What a beautiful day!!