Sunday, 19 June 2016

Lachenalia Tricolour

"Lachenalia Tricolour", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016

Once again I was attracted to a particular plant because of the bright colours of its blossoms.  As you know, I find it very difficult to resist the urge to draw anything which contains the colours red/orange and yellow! 

"Kniphofia northiae" drawing by
Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2013 

When I first came across Lachenalia     aloides (Lachenalia Tricolour), I was immediately struck by its bright, bell- shaped blossoms.  It quickly put me in mind of another drawing I did several years ago of Kniphofia northiae (see drawing at right). Of course, upon close examination, they are very different plants, but the colours are similar and striking in both.

Lachenalia aloides (Lachenalia Tricolour), commonly known as Cape Cowslip, is a species of flowering plant in the family Hyacinthaceae (see note below). It is native to the Western Cape of South Africa. 

Grown from a bulb, L. aloides has long, pointed, dark green leaves and fleshy stems bearing tubular flowers. These are usually red at the top and hang down like a pendant on a necklace. The plant blossoms during late winter and spring of the southern hemisphere.

Even though the blossoms of most cultivars of Lachenalia Tricolour retain the three colours of red, yellow and green, the placement of these colours and the shades of these colours can be quite different from one cultivar to another. As well, the colours are constantly changing as the blossoms age.

The genus, Lachenalia, comes from the surname of Prof. Werner de la Chenal, an 18th century Swiss botanist. 
"Aloe vera in Bloom"
(Internet source:

The species name, aloides, comes from the Latin and literally means "aloe-like" although L. aloides, despite its similarity, does not belong to the same family of plants as those in the genus Aloe (see photo at right).

NOTE: There remains still some dispute over which family can actually claim Lachenalia aloides. At this point, the main contenders are:  Asparagaceae, Hyacinthaceae and Liliaceae. 

Portions of the above text were taken from various Internet sources.


Suki settling down to rest after having been
given her pain medication for the day
followed by a big dish of turkey and gravy!
Well, Suki finally made a decision about which food to eat -- her long-time favourite won after all: Fancy Feast Turkey with Gravy.  

I have no idea why, several weeks ago, she suddenly refused to eat this particular food -- the food that had been her first choice for years.  

Since this change in her behaviour occurred within days after Suki began taking the pain medication, I can only assume that her taste buds must have been affected by the stuff -- so much so that she went off the food she had eaten for so long.

Maybe Suki was searching for the "right taste" as she tried other, similar foods. With each, she would sample just a little of the meat, lap up most of the gravy and then refuse to eat the rest. I wasted a lot of food (and money) trying to find one cat food that she would eat. Perhaps by the time I tried her on her long-time favourite of turkey and gravy again, it didn't seem so bad by comparison. Who knows! 

Anyway, as you can well imagine, Suki's willingness to return to eating her regular food has made my life much more pleasant. Now, after she finishes each meal, Suki settles down for a long nap instead of following me around and meowing and moaning because she is still hungry!

Otherwise, things continue as usual.  I had a couple of medical appointments this past week and have another one scheduled for this coming week.

On Thursday evening, I dropped in on a birthday party being held in the large meeting room in my building. I wasn't able to stay for very long, but this birthday party was so special that I just had to attend. It was the 100th birthday celebration of a friend who, like me, has lived in this building since it opened -- almost 20 years ago now.  It was great to see her looking so well as she sat there surrounded by family and friends.  By the way, she still lives on her own.  Happy 100th, Edith.

Then yesterday, I had a lovely visit from a dear friend.  She didn't stay too long as she could see that I was getting uncomfortable due to the pain. It was good to see her and to hear about all the things that she is doing.

So, at the moment, things are relatively OK for both myself and Suki -- which actually makes me just a bit nervous. Oh, well, let's see what this new week brings...



"Icon -- Mother of God of Magadan", by the hand of
Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016 rev.

“The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”


Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.”
He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.  Luke 9:18-24

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