Flowers bloom easily and frequently in Joburg. But they don’t always bloom for long.

The blooms on wild irises, also known as Dietes grandiflora, open gloriously for one day. The next day the blossom is shriveling, and the day after that it’s completely gone.

We have several large clumps of wild irises in our back garden and yesterday they all bloomed at once. I had my camera ready.

Yesterday, every blossom was perfect. This morning, true to form, they were all in their death throes.

RIP, Dietes grandiflora. You lived every day as if it were your last. I look forward to meeting your children next year.

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