The plumbago flower
The plumbago flower is making a comeback i am glad to say.
I have seen them in many countries world wide.
Once the darling shrub of the nation back in the sixties, the plumbago flower became rather 'non you' for a couple of years .... It was after all that rascal Cecil John Rhodes who adopted it as his favourite flower.
The junior school I went to in the dark ages, celebrated 'plumbago day' heaven forbid...
Fiendish colonialists that they were in those days, and our school uniform was even patterned with pretty little plumbago flowers. If my memory serves me right we were given sprigs of the enchanting little pale blue flower on plumbago day. Maybe someone with a better memory than mine can supply a few more details.
But the plumbago bush then became rather 'passe" a bit like that ubiquitous rubber bush that always grew around government buildings in The Olden Days, and that pretty little flower was seldom seen for a number of years.
But i have noticed a very serious re-emergence of the plumbago in recent times. Everywhere one looks in South Africa, there is a profusion of the beautiful little bush, flowering happily at all intersections, in all gardens, and what a welcome addition to gardening world it is once again.
I am not sure if it has perhaps been hybridised as the plumbagos I remember were usually in rather stiff formal hedges, and the more modern plumbago shrub is smaller and softer looking, but i will certainly find a spot for one in my garden as soon as i can.
BREAKING NEWS! One of our veteran radio and television personalities, Jill Baker, will be in Bulawayo on September 14th for the official launch by the Dabengwa Foundation of her historical novel, The Zambezi Trilogy Book One: THE HORNS. This will be held at the Bulawayo Theatre off Leopold Takawira Avenue from 6'00 p.m. Jill will tell the story of why she wrote the book, what it is about and why it is not only a vibrant and fascinating history of the Matabele Kings, of hunters, gold diggers and early Southern Rhodesia but also a dynamic message for our country.
For further information: Val Kendall WhatsApp 0773 516 107 or www.jillbakerauthor.com/events
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