Under the Frangipani tree

I have a secret place which none knows
Where I escape to when it’s all too hot and bothered…
A place where I can see  through rain drops
To the grace and grandeur of pink-tipped petticoats with golden hearts
Where the air is intoxicatingly sweet with perfume from sun-kissed petals
Which mass in a flurry of artistic perfection…
…again, and again and again in an umbrella of beauty and elegance.
Life beneath my Frangipani tree…
Is summer’s seductive and sensual glory…
And all in all… too short-lived
But never short-loved.

(Watercolours of my photos via Waterlogue App .It’s wonderful!)
Frannie xx     
© 2014 Francesca Muir

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  • It must be some tree you have there Francesca..
    The beautify of the flowers is amazing..!
    And your photographs match their beauty..!

  • Rambling Tart January 31, 2014   Reply →

    Absolutely gorgeous!! What a lovely spot to escape to. 🙂 Did you paint them as well? The paintings are beautiful.

  • Francesca Muir January 31, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you, It is absolutely stunning Kosta – the flowers and the scent is beautiful and synonymous with summers in Australia. Fx

  • Francesca Muir January 31, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you Krista. I wish I could paint…I used a marvellous App called Waterlogued which turns your photos into beautiful and very delicate watercolours. I have added the link under the post. You'll love it F xx

  • Jackie and Joel Smith January 31, 2014   Reply →

    I've learned much from this, including the name of the flower we call the plumeria is also called the Frangipani! And that app is a fantastic one! Will have to try it out. Beautiful post, as always.
    J. xo

  • Poppy January 31, 2014   Reply →

    Oh Francesca,

    You have presented one of my favourite flowers in the world, my beloved frangipani, and you are blessed to have such a flourishing tree! I can imagine that heavenly, sweet and exotic scent; pure bliss!! I have tried twice, with two tiny trees, but have had no luck yet. I know these flowers need at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, which they do get, but I am afraid that the strong winds up here on top of the hill, are just too much for them. Waiting to see what happens this summer. Thanks for sharing your dreamy darlings today…they are stunning!


  • Malyss February 2, 2014   Reply →

    Ho, what a poetic and fabulous post! Thank you , now we're with you under this wonderful tree, sharing scent and shade and beauty!
    It reminds me of times when I was living in Tahiti…
    Have a nice sunday!

  • I can smell them from here Fran. Amazing app!

  • Francesca Muir February 2, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you Poppy. I know exactly what you mean – I have a very cantankerous plant in a pot which does very little. However, other, once they take hold they are very hardy and such a summer delight. Fx

  • Francesca Muir February 2, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you and enjoy the App. It's very addictive! F x

  • Francesca Muir February 2, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you Marg – it's a great app but nothing like your wonderful watercolours. F x

  • Francesca Muir February 2, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you Malyss – I am so happy this has evoked such happy memories for you. Have a lovely day F x

  • Andrew Blackman February 3, 2014   Reply →

    Beautiful combination of words and pictures, Francesca. I lived in the Caribbean for a year in 2012, and the smell of the frangipani flower is one of my favourite memories. Your post really brought it back to me, so thank you!

  • Francesca Muir February 3, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you Andrew – it's amazing how quickly a photo can evoke a place, a time and a scent – happy memories. F

  • Mum February 6, 2014   Reply →

    Your fans have said it all and I can only add "ditto" combined with admiration and thanks for the memories evoked by this gorgeous tree. Love

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