Archive for the ‘flowers’ Category

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Life Springing Up in the Desert

January 23, 2013

Posted by Kanga.

dunes and grass

It has been a wet winter. The proof is in the grass sprouting up from the sands.

dunes and grass

close up of grass tufts

It’s a regular camel banquet.

sand and grass

There are even flowers.

small white flowers

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Seeing the Forest and the Trees

June 8, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

forest

I’ve been enjoying the plethora of trees. The city is spred out over a large area and heavily forested. We spent the afternoon in the botanical garden.

strange purple flower

The mud dauber wasps made it challenging to find the women’s restroom.

women's restroom sign with wasp nest over the O

Can you see the frog?

lily pond

Here he is.

lily pads and frog

This was the most unusual flower – golden shrimp plant.

yellow cone shaped flower

Despite the heat, it was a pleasant afternoon.

yellow daisies

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Urban Bees

May 20, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

potted plant with a bee hive at its center

DaddyBird noticed these bees taking up residence in a potted plant just outside the entrance of our apartment.

close up of the bee hive

There isn’t that much follage in our neighborhood – a few potted plants, but not a lot of gardens or parks, so it is a little surprising to see “wildlife” in the heart of the city. These little fellows are making the best of the situation.

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Complicated Plant

June 25, 2010

Posted by Kanga.
Previously, I had seen a very large version of this plant that sent up a giant stalk and then put out tiny and rather silly looking flowers. So, when this one appeared in front of the library, it gave me a change to document it’s reproductive process.
plant that has a 7 foot flower stalk
First, it sends up this tall stalk and clumps of buds.

close up of the flower buds

flowers in bloom

The blooms are mostly just pestles and stamens and it blooms up the stalk.

seed pods

Then come the seed pods, which fall to the ground.

seed pods at base of plant

You might think, as I did, that this is the end, but NO. There’s more.

Bud clusters putting out leaves

There is a secondary bloom stage in which leaves and blooms come out of the same clusters that produced the first blooms.

close up of secondary bloom

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KL Flora pt2

February 10, 2010

pink bloom

tree

closeup of tree trunk

lavendar blooms on a vine

closeup of lavendar bloom

white bloom with multiple petals and a yellow star shaped center

small white bloom

yellow iris-like bloom

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KL Flora

February 9, 2010

First, let me correct a slight faux pas in the previous post. DaddyBird did go to France, since he landed in Nice in order to get to Monaco, but Monaco is a separate country and not IN France. Some of you may remember that Grace Kelly was the Princess of Monaco. Silly me, I should have remembered.

Now, back to Kuala Lumpur for the flora. I’ll let them speak for themselves.

banana plant

blue flower

bougainvillea

purple clover-like blooms

pink flower

vibrant green leaves

red hibiscus

red hibiscus

orange blooms with striped leaves

red stemmed palm bushes

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May Day

May 1, 2009

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After the last entry on flowers, Kazul wanted to know what I would do for May Day. Well, here is your May Day bouquet and I don’t think I had to repeat a single type of flower. All but the last picture were taken on campus.
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The petunias were quite amazing. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many blooms, so consistently, over such a long period. The temperature has gotten hot enough now that they will not last much longer.
02002104800110101And, here for you Kazul, is a Dr. Seuss tree in a purple pot.tree