Archive for the ‘plants’ Category

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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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Oregon Green

August 26, 2010

Posted by Kanga.

The geography of Oregon includes many different ecosystems – coastal, mountain, valley, semi-arid desert, rain forrest, dry forrest, grassland, and more. It is a beautiful slice of the Earth. Here are a couple of sites from the wet, green mountain range.

green forrest with thick underbrush

I thought these were white flowers until I got up close. They are white berries instead.

white berries and green foliage

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Edibles

August 25, 2010

Posted by Kanga.

My sister’s green thumb is not limited to pretty flowers. Here are some edibles.

zucchini squash plant with large yellow bloom

Zucchini squash

apples in the tree

Green apples in the tree, which is heavily loaded this year. Plenty to eat and give away.

raspberries on the bush

Raspberries just beginning to ripen. Yummy! These are my favorite kind berries. Food of the gods!

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My sister’s green thumb

August 24, 2010

Posted by Kanga.

My apologies for having so many pictures in this post, but I had great difficulty choosing just a few. These are the beautiful flowers growing in the garden around my mother’s & sister’s house.
pink rose

purple phlox

large daisy

pink daisy

purple climatis

peace rose

bleeding heart flowers

purple daisy

pink striped geranium flowers

violet flowers

blue flower with ten petals

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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