Thursday, May 26, 2011

Last of the birds....

Birds of Paradise that is!! This amazingly exotic looking plant (about Bird of Paradise) is native to South Africa, but it is pretty easy to grow here in Perth,  similar climate I believe.  The season for them is coming to an  end, we will next see them re-appear fresh in September, Spring time that is. Really looking forward to the Spring Festival in Kings Park, the photo opportunities there are endless.

14 comments:

  1. They are prehistoric looking plants, aren't they? They abound in Sydney, especially in community plantings and road divides.

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  2. They look dangerous! Like you could impale yourself on them... I like the fact you've caught that little wasp/bee on one of the leaves, Grace.

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  3. I'm not 100% sure Julie, but I think the Botanical Gardens in Sydney do have a 'plants from around the world' section, am I right. What about Melbourne Alan, I find the bizarre shapes and colours of plants fascinating, I mean HOW did they evolve that way??

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  4. Lovely! We used to have these growing abundantly in our garden in Zimbabwe :-)

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  5. Beautiful colour. The are such fascinating plants the bird of paradise.

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  6. They are very striking flowers, we have some here in and around Leeds but offhand I cannot recall where though with summer just about here I guess I will keep a look out.

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  7. Thanks Pierre.

    I remember them from when I lived there Nat.

    They are pretty complex looking plants hey Joe.

    Wow I'm surprised they grow in UK Paul, I thought it might be too cold, must be quite hardy,

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  8. Such intriguing flowers. They are so exotic to my eyes. :)

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  9. Something to do with bearing the weight of the birds and opening up to allow access to the pollen, according to my quick Google search!

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  10. Great big show offs they are! :)
    V

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  11. They definitely are exotic EG

    Sounds a bit technical Alan.

    Hahaha! Virginia.

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  12. I actually think they grow ANYWHERE - certainly the ones in our garden are indestructible, no mean feat given a) we don't water or tend them; b) crap soil and c) the harsh climate!

    But all is forgiven when they flower!

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  13. Love these plants and vibrancy of the flowers that you have captured here.

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