Zantedeschia aethiopica – arum lily

Zantedeschia aethiopica (common names calla lilyarum lily; a.k.a. varkoor, an Afrikaans name meaning ‘pig’s ear’)  is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.


Zantedeschia species are growing to 1-2.5 m tall with leaves 15–45 cm long. Common to most members of this family is a modified leaf known as a spathe. This is the part that most us would think of as the flower petal which is shaped like a funnel with a yellow, central, finger-like spadix.Calla lily

Arum Lily is a popular garden plant which grows in wet mud, and in and around the edges of shallow ponds or static water.  Its size depends upon the amount of shade it experiences; it grows larger in shadier corners.  At winter times in the Cape the Arum lilies line the roads where ever there is a bit of damp or water. Field of Arum Lilies -- Perth WA by lettie1957


It has often been used in paintings.  It was a favourite subject of the painter Georgia O’Keeffe.

Here is my painting of arum lilies: Acryllic and pastels on handmade paper.


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The colour White

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is The Color White

and have to find items that have the color White in it.

Arum lilies
White foam of a breaking wave, White table settings, White covered chairs and White Towels
A White door

I’ve had my WHITE washing machine for just over 13 years, which I think is quite a reasonable time for an electronic device!

It started to give us some problems over the last few weeks but since last week it just got worse!

This morning I did the first batch of washing and all went smoothly! I had the washing on the line in no time! The second batch was another story! It was letting water in, but at the same time it was letting it out!

We tried all the tricks of the trade to get it working, but it decided: that was it! I suppose that means: it’s time to buy a new one!

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: White!

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: White!

Beautiful snow-capped mountains:


Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand.

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