Wednesday Vignette

Kind of looks like a bird of paradise flower, doesn’t it?

orangegazaniabloompetalsfoldedartsy11Sept2017

But it’s the petals of a striped orange gazania flower, folded inward. I took this shot about a week ago.

Gazania, native to South Africa, comes in lots of colours, including strikingly multicoloured combinations. It’s also apparently called treasure flower, though I’ve never heard anyone call it that.  A “half-hardy” annual here, blooming from late May into mid-November, beyond a light frost, it’s very valuable to me. And no-care: Water, no water, good soil or not, whatevs; just give them 4 or 5 hours of light each day, please.

Hard to beat the artsy look above, but here are some of its other poses, from June to November in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017:

In Junes:

orangeGazaniabudartsy21June2017orangegazaniaflowerfrontyard26June2017purplegazaniabloomopening29June2017insideorangegazaniacenter29June2017orangeGazaniabloom25June2015

In Julys:

purplegazaniaflowerorangecenterclose1July2017

(Above: I mean, that is a crazy and varied colour palette, is it not?)

orangegazaniaflower1July2017threepurplegazaniasunlight5July2017darkpurplewhitegazaniaflower5July2017yellowbrowngazania8July2017burntorangeGazaniaflower17July2017

yellowgazaniablooms29July2014gonebywhiteredorangegazaniabloom29July2014gonebywhitepurpleyellowgazaniabloom29July2014orangegreenpurplegazaniablooming30July2014

In Augusts:

darkorangegazaniaflower4Aug2017

(Below: I love the “stitching” around the center!)

redgazaniayellowstitchingbrowncenter23Aug2017darkorangeGazania23Aug2015 NewDayClearOrangegazaniablooms9Aug2016

In Septembers:

yellowgazaniaclose15Sept2014threeorangegazania29Sept2014

(Below: with earwig)

gazaniaflowerwhitepurplebrownyellowearwig11Sept2017

In Octobers:

redclosedgazaniaafterfrost21Oct2015

(Above: one of my favourite looks)

fourcleardayorangegazaniaflowers19Oct2016orangegazaniaunderwillow21Oct2014

(Below, in rain)

yellowgazaniainrain21Oct2014

In Novembers:

yellowgazaniainbloomandbud5Nov2014

(Below: after light frost)

orangegazaniainbloom11Nov2014.jpg

Orange is the single-hearted color.  — Sandra McPherson, in her poem “Poppies”

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2 Comments on “Wednesday Vignette

  1. Whoa – that is a fabulous shot! It does indeed look like Bird of Paradise… I like Gazanias too – they look like little multi-colored suns. Don’t usually have the sun they crave, though.

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