Vumba Botanical Gardens…

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It was overcast and cold, the day we visited this awesome garden.

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There were only a few other people, and I was able to amble slowly along the paths, savouring the atmosphere – the silence, the wonderful trees.

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The water was like a mirror…

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Love the cute little bridges…

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There are benches everywhere..

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And the trees…to die for!!!

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Aloes in Manicaland…

The aloes were flowering when we worked in Manicaland recently. Below is a ‘natures garden’ at a rather unspectacular place called Kudziwa.P1190533

The church, where we surveyed for water, is on the top of a granite kopjie. The bright aloes will be faded when the Msasa come out (very soon!)

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Below, taken at the Vumba Botanical gardens…

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Out walking in the Vumba, I spied that bright red dot clinging precariously to the side of a granite kopjie:P1210213

Closer inspection! (Dontcha just LOVE the plant in the foreground – I’d describe it as ‘frazzled’ how I feel, on occasion!)P1210214

 

 

Taken overlooking Mozambique…P1210232Imagine how pleased we were to stay at a (lovely place called Outside Inn) in the Vumba with aloes in prolific flower in the garden. This is the view from the front veranda.

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The bird is a bonus.

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P1210407This is the entrance to ‘Outside Inn’ – only a few kilometre from the Leopard Rock Hotel. It’s a cute little cottage (three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plenty firewood and all to ourselves for $50.00 per night!!!)

Orange Tree…

Its cold here now, and there has been a bit of frost around. This tree, with its orange leaves stands out among its naked neighbours.

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I’m guessing given a few more weeks and it will lose all its leaves.

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The clouds look ominous, but actually they only produced a few spits!

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The cow gives you some idea about the size…

Spiny cluster-leaf…

And no, I’m not swearing. It’s what this tree, with an amazing show of flowers is commonly called.

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http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142190

The Latin name…Terminalia randii

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On my walk, I couldn’t help noticing them, a bright splash of colour against the green foliage…

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And the trunk of this tree, for the tree huggers!

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