Thursday, August 04, 2005

A nectar bird sips from the blooming aloe at our bed and brekfast stay near Ado Elephant Park


Blogger Jeanne said...

Oh how homesick you make me. I lived most of my life in Port Elizabeth and Addo is very close by. We used to have these little sunbirds on our strelitzias (bird of paradise flowers) in our garden all the time.

3:00 AM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

oh thank you thank you thank you, you have no idea why, but I will tell you :)

My husband was born in Capetown, grew up in Durban, and spent his military in Pretoria/Hoedspruit, and later worked in Jo-berg. He's been around the country a bit, when we moved into our new house there was a time we were planting, and... an argument came up that what we call canna lillies, he insisted were strelitzia. I giggle because I looked it up on the internet and found that they were actually bird of paradise, showed him, and he insisted that it must be american, that they were truly called that in South Africa.

Now, 6 years later, a former safrican tells me in a photo that stralitzia is indeed bird of paradise in ZA also, you made my day, lmao!

And I'm not even going to tell him :) :) :)

Thanks for the compliments, and your kind words. I cannot wait to go back and visit there again, Ado was wonderful and I hope to spend more time there again some day.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

LoL! Why don't men just realise that their wives are Always Right??

You actually hardly ever hear anybody in SA call strelizias "bird of paradise" flowers, but most people are aware of their alternative name. We always had canna lilles too - and they are called... canna lillies!! (or cannas) I used to love their funny, fleshy seed pods when I was a kid. It's so funny how the plants and flowers that I totally disregarded as a kid and a teenager are now amongst the things I miss most (jacarandas, bottlebrush and coral trees).

7:28 AM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

Awesome, funny what brings back memories isn't it.... I had to giggle because the jacaranda is originally from Brazil, and more commonly thought to come from Australia, and the bottle brush was brought to SA from Australia also, I understand it was almost considered a weed at one time there! The coral tree seems to be the only true native species... And I am pretty sure I have a photo of one here somewhere, now I have to look for that!

Thanks for your visit! Love to see you here.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

Oh, I knew that because we were sitting in a well groomed garden in one of my husband's friends homes in SA and actually HAD that conversation! All of those trees were there and were lovely!

8:03 AM  

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