Blushing Brides in Spring


I feel like time has gotten away from me these past few months, I can't believe nearly half the year has gone since my last post. Between spending most of our free time on the house and garden, plus my worsening allergies making me tired. I don't feel I've have time, for well, pretty much anything! But the past couple of weeks I feel like I am beginning to claiming my life back.

I've started to slowly be able to control my allergies and this has meant I haven't used all my energy just getting through the work day.  Yesterday was the first time (for a non-work purpose), that I've picked up my camera in a few months. Why? Because who could resist capturing these beautifully speckled, paper-thin petals?

As soon as I saw them on our usual Saturday market run, I knew I had to have them.  The florist told me they are colloquially known as Blushing Brides. A quick search and I've found that they are a member of the Proteaceae family and native to South Africa. Oh and their 'real' name is Serruria florida. Sadly everything I've read says that they are coming out of season, after I've only just discovered them! Devastating!

Supposedly the name Blushing Bride originated because French Farmers wore this flower on their lapel while proposing to their girlfriends and everybody who saw the hopefull groom would know his intentions. Hence the name Blushing Bride (I think 'blushing possible bride to be' would have probably been more accurate, but perhaps less romantic). Maybe that's why pairing it with roses and pink dotted branches, I almost feel like I've made a wedding bouquet - albeit badly. My mum is always telling me you need to start with the leaves and filler flowers first. Then you work your way up to the statement flowers, but I always seem to get carried away with the bigger flowers and shove the leaves in at the end.

These photos were taken in different parts of the house in the last warm glow of the afternoon sun, not long before the sun dropped to set.

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