I am always on the lookout for the new “it” plant or flower; and I am starting to suspect this South African summer season it is the Strelitizia. I love them particularly because they are indigenous to South Africa and I even did a school project on them in Std 1. How funny then that only this year did I realise that this is actually why they are called the bird of paradise! Never too old to learn!

I haven’t found one in Switzerland yet and I suspect now that we will be heading into Autumn soon, I will have to wait for next year. But if you are planning your garden or flower arrangements soon, I think this is a great and long lasting choice!