Finding the Bright Spots

It’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Despite living in a subtropical climate here on the east coast, mornings are chilly. Traditionally a less colourful season, winter in my tiny garden has its bright spots.


Among these is my zygocacti (Schlumbergera). I discovered these pretty succulents ‘originated in the mountains of Brazil where where they grow as epiphytes in trees’ (ref). Renowned for their bright, prolific blooms, they’re the epitome of potted happiness in my tiny garden when many of my plants are deep in slumber preparing for their spring debuts.

Another is my String of Pearls, a succulent native to dry areas of the eastern Cape of South Africa (ref). Nowhere near as showy as the zygos, the String of Pearls’ flowers are so tiny they could easily be missed, but that would be a shame. The delicacy of the coronet-shaped flower is a marvel and they even have a perfume.

String of pearls flower (Senecio rowleyanus)

Originally I acquired this interesting little succulent for its unusual spherical shaped leaves, truly just like a ‘string of pearls’. The flowers are a bonus.

String of pearls leaves (Senecio rowleyanus)

Bright spots can be found even in dark times. Some are shouty and in your face, therefore easily spotted, for which we’re all grateful. Others quietly go about their business with minimal flamboyance or fuss. You have to look for them, and you have to expect to find them. There’s something in that discovery that makes them even more precious.

Once again, I take lessons from my tiny garden and apply them to my life in these turbulent times. Like the String of Pearls’ flower, it’s such a small thing but it reassures me and offers hope.

Sometimes I need to look closely, to peer intently through the dark, to find extraordinary beauty in my life.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Wayne Dyer

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Teresa

24 responses to “Finding the Bright Spots

  1. Nice post! My zygocactus is in the final stages of flowering. It puts on a great show when it blooms. I call this plant an orchid cactus. It is a very hardy plant. It can handle harsh sun or just grow in the shade.

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  2. String of green peas, anyone? That what those charming green pearls made me think of. Yes, I rely on quiet moments of puttering in my garden, or just sitting in morning sun, to heal me during these upsetting times.

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    • Garden is excellent therapy Jo. You have been in my thoughts lately. It’s so heartbreaking. We can only hope that from these turbulent times there will be positive and long lasting change. Warm hugs to you.


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