Floral Friday

Leonotis nepetifolia (Klip Dagga, Lion's Ear)

The 10-foot giant is native to tropical Africa and southern India and grows in parts of Mexico and the Caribbeans. It contains leonurine, a mild psychoactive alkaloid. Medicinal uses vary widely.

It grew in a trial bed along the fence but will be featured next season. The hummingbirds love it.

Just In Time For Christmas

I felt it wasn't worth spending too much time on the design because it's pretty wonky at the back (due to surface rot), but I'm happy at least one of them cured in time for Christmas. (The others are still 'green').

Mom will be the lucky recipient of my humble oeuvre. Think she'll like it? (She can always trade it in, later).

My first Birdhouse gourd
Sideview, revealing the less-than-perfect derrière
Generous bowlful of seeds
(Any takers?)
The gift that keeps on giving

Seeing how many seeds it produced, I thought I'd throw in an extra token!

Wishing you all a great Holiday Season! Xx :)