Purple Pelargoniums are blooming profusely between Hermanus and Stanford at the moment. Louise Oberholzer of Stanford was moved by the dazzling carpet of them spread below the Kleinrivier Mountains to write Tribute to the Pelargonium after the Fire

(I think it was in January 2013 that a fire swept over the mountain from Tesslarsdal and burned the mountain right down to the lagoon and left it lying in its bare bones – Louisa)

 

Pelargonium. Image: Louisa Oberholzer

Pelargonium. Image: Louisa Oberholzer

You have to see the flower in the flame,

Because it is there.

 

Somewhere beyond the smoke

And the bare white sand

And the black branches

The flower lies.

The hidden phoenix

That waits for the passing of the moon,

The abundant dew

And the falling rain

And grows its voice

In tissues of green

Cell by cell,

Bud by bud

 

Until it clamours at last

In a shout of purple joy.

Pelargonium. Image: Louisa Oberholzer

Pelargonium. Image: Louisa Oberholzer

Louisa Oberholzer

Stanford

Pelargonium. Image: Louisa Oberholzer

Pelargonium. Image: Louisa Oberholzer