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Cherry blossoms and brightly coloured azaleas line the roads and gardens of the beautifully set mountain village of Haenertsburg, in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
Thompson, Sheila Clifford (Box)
South African farmer and amateur botanist from the village of Haenertsburg, Transvaal, who trained at Witwatersrand University. She planted the Cheerio Gardens on the family farm at Magoebaskloof and developed a plant nursery, specialising in indigenous plants that she collected in the Transvaal, the Cape and in Zimbabwe. Much of the local material was collected during solitary walks lasting up to four days, taking little more than a knife, a tin and her cigarettes. She was an eccentric that wore her hair cut very short, khaki overalls with a leather belt, and preferred to sleep outside of her house. One of her discoveries was Aloe thompsoniae Groenew., that was named after her.
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16 Jan. 2012.

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  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellalmost 3 years ago

    Please consider adding this lovely image to All Glorious Gardens

  • Thanks Marilyn, will do! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 3 years ago

    Oh, to have such wonderful botanical knowledge as to create a wonder like this! Like that one of the few things Sheila takes with her on her trips is her cigarettes! Absolutely lovely capture Liz!

  • I knew you would like that!! Lol!! Thanks so much Maree! (and for the fav, appreciate!)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks Angie, glad you add it to your favs! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    Very beautiful and dreamy!

  • Thanks Dottie!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 3 years ago

    Another stunning image Elizabeth. Lovely colours and what a beautiful garden it must be!!!!

  • It is ! Thanks so much Lynda! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning scene, reflections and colours Elizabeth, beautiful capture.

  • Thanks very much Andrea!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • rjheller1150
    rjheller1150almost 3 years ago

    …ah the beauty of SA….one day I shall get there. Nicely captured E

  • Thanks so much Rick, wouldn’t it be loveRly?!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • supernan
    supernanalmost 3 years ago

    You have some wonderful photographs x

  • Thanks so much Nan!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    15 January 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work has just been featured, to view your featured work, and please visit and congratulate fellow featured members click on the link

  • Thanks very much Magaret!! Wonderful news!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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