Agapanthus, the African lily

I’ve always loved these flowers but for some reason, even when I had very large gardens, I didn’t plant any. Now, in my tiny garden, I finally have some. Not many, about 12 plants in a small area, and even some miniatures in a pot that refuse to flower. Last year I was deeply disappointed that I had only one bloom. They definitely more impressive in large quantities, a big round clump in semi-shade or lining a driveway or even the roadside.

We’re spoilt here in the Cape as they’re indigenous, part of our beloved Cape floral kingdom, and our climate allows us to grow them almost anywhere with no need to protect them in winter. Under normal, i.e. pre-covid, conditions I used to regularly see swathes of them at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and strips along the road to the city centre. I considered them symbolic of the height of summer. Tall and regal on their single stalks they look beautiful, they withstand the wind, they last long, and don’t require too much attention.

So, I planted a few – bought from two different nurseries at intervals, and every year there is this thrilling anticipation to see if and how many will flower. This year, with so much more time to stand and stare, I was thrilled to see FIVE blooms. Very exciting but I’m greedy enough that I wish they would all flower, and also those miniatures.

Mine are all blue but they also flower white and a gorgeous deep violet that I should not lust after in case I buy some and they don’t deliver.

Read about them here and here.

Here are mine at varying stages of flowering, the last bloom is still not open.

And once again, I post a link to my crowdfunding campaign. The virus is nowhere near finished and I don’t know when I will work again as a tour guide. In the meantime, the bank is hovering like a vulture in case I can’t make my minibus payments and in this country there is no assistance for loss of income – we are on our own. All contributions welcome, big or small, and I thank you in advance.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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