Here is a close-up of a shell ginger flower. The hummingbirds love them and they put on quite a display. The flowers also last a little longer than the white, yellow and kahili gingers do. However, they do grow rather large, perhaps 10 feet tall or more, if they're happy.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
This is a picture of a rare orange form of Myrmecophila exaltata, also known as Schomburkia exaltata. In nature, these grow up on big, rough barked trees and their very long flower stems (3-4 ft) wave and rustle in the breeze. Pretty amazing things.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Well, going to graduate school does put a crimp in my picture taking time. This is a picture of an Orange Clock Vine (wow!), Thunbergia gregorii, that was blooming at the Quail Botanical Gardens a few weeks ago. It's back to studying for me...
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
This is a photo of cluster of Nageliella purpurea (an orchid) growing on a little twig in the greenhouse. This plant has thrived even living outside for three years and continues to bloom all year round. The flowers are about the size of an eraser head.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Here's a picture of one of the orchids blooming in the greenhouse. They've managed to survive a few years out on the deck and are looking much happier now that they are in the greenhouse. If my latin doesn't fail me too badly, I think Epi referred to "air" and dendrite or dendrum in this case to "roots." Many of the orchids are epiphytes (air lovers) which live with their roots exposed to the air up on trees and rocks.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
A Dog's Love is without question;
Complete and without doubt;
No moods nor questions enter into;
The love they freely give;
If man can learn by free example;
But one thing and only this;
A finer place this world would be;
If a dogs love, we could give.