1913D. FairbridgePiet of Italy 46And all roun’ me hedges of pink roses an’ purple bloemmetjes.
1924D. FairbridgeGardens of S. Afr. 119The Government..is..prohibiting the uprooting or sale of a few of the more rare bulbs and plants — but it is easier to make such a law than to enforce it on the flower-sellers, to whom every flower is just a blommetje.
1936E. RosenthalOld-Time Survivals 13Examine a good one (sc. wagon) carefully and you will notice quaint little ornaments in many colours painted along the sides of the frame. These are the traditional ‘blommetjies’ or flowers on which the conservative farmer insists, just as did his ‘oupa’.
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 127Many farmers rightly insist on the traditional hand-painted blommetjie decorations on wheels and sides, the same bunches of flowers that have adorned wagons for more than a hundred years.
1990S.I. RossInformant, GrahamstownThe buses are decorated with carvings and tassles and blommetjies and bells — you wouldn’t believe it.
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