In the midst of winter now officially being a vague memory I thought of sharing one of my most favourite souvenirs of spring. The Brunfelsia pauciflora! Yes, I know you’re all probably asking, what the? It is more commonly known as the ‘Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow.’ With help from my good old friend, Google, I will share a bit more about this striking flowering shrub.
Not only are they stunning to look at, but they are a happy reminder of winter’s absence. This plant only blooms in the springtime and the distinct fragrance that lingers (which is orgasmic to the nose!) is a happy reminder that summer is just lurking around the corner. The name yesterday-today-and-tomorrow is cleverly derived from the flower’s three day existence. With the flowers opening purple (yesterday), then turning pale lavender the next day (today) and then finally white (tomorrow), these short-lived wonders brings great joy to the earth’s dwellers. Although this beautiful plant may feel to many South-Africans as being proudly South-African it is actually Brazil who borrowed us this jewel.
Now, I leave you all with this small task: Go out NOW! wherever you are, whatever you may be doing and go outside, find a Brunfelsia pauciflora, take a whiff and enjoy!