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Category: Flowers (page 3 of 15)

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

A couple of flowers I ‘picked up’ on a walk the other day.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

End of season – all colour has gone, and soon the seeds will drop, leaving us with something like here or (more artsy-fartsy) here. On the walk between Westhaven and Beaumont Street.

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus are beautiful at all stages (as you would expect of a flower that is classed as a weed). Here the finished flower heads are painted white, forming part of an arrangement at last Sunday’s Japan Day at the Cloud.

Naked Ladies

Amaryllis belladonna

Amaryllis belladonna

There are still a few fine stands of amaryllis belladonna (aka naked ladies) around, but not much longer, and most are past their best. A sure sign that we are well into autumn. And the weather forecaster recommended to dust off the coats. Brr.

Swan Plant

Swan Plant

Swan Plant

Swan plants (Gomphocarpus physocarpus, milkweed) are the host plant of monarch butterflies. The name comes from the fluffy seeds (together with the ballooning seedpods and their curved stem). I found this one on Hillsborough Cemetery yesterday, fine but windy. Butterflies circling around the bushes, eggs and various sizes of caterpillars on the plants.

Wikipedia has the cryptic comment: “This plant is also popular in traditional medicine to cure various ailments.”

Two Days Late

Macaron Meadow

Macaron Meadow

On Friday, Virginia of Paris Through My Lens mentioned that there is such a thing as “Macaron Day” (yummee – March 20). Little did I know that the day after I would be facing a “Macaron Meadow” at the Urbis Design Day display of the De Longhi Group (coffee machines, kitchen machines, etc). I think it would have been impolite to run off with any of the flowers in the display, but you were encouraged to sample the macarons – you could even get a psychoanalysis of your colour choice! (So if you did not get it right the first time, you had to taste the colour that matched your profile better…) An example from many of my attempts: “Searching for the purest looking treat, you chose to avoid the crowds and instead opt for a clean culinary canvas, Simplicity at its finest is your saviour.” Smooth words indeed!

And to top it off, Yenny of ma cherie french pastry demonstrated the making of the product (using a Kenwood Chef). Love Urbis Design Day!

(My tribute to the macaron comes 2 days late.)

Macaron Meadow

Macaron Meadow

Nearly Ready

Nearly Ready

Who’s Counting?

5, 10, 15, ...

5, 10, 15, …

The Friendship Garden is in a corner by the New Lynn Community Centre. It is well maintained, even though we had a long and dry summer, and the rainwater barrel is undoubtedly dry. When I visited the other day, I found this lineup of stones – I wonder what they were counting.

A few months ago I spoke to some of the people working in the garden. They are members of the local Chinese community. New Lynn is one of the suburbs with a high proportion of Asian population.

Friendship Garden, New Lynn

Friendship Garden, New Lynn

Magnolia Time

Magnolia Grandiflora

Magnolia Grandiflora

I found this beautiful specimen by the Rocket Park in Mount Albert.

Shades of Blue

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

A blue hydrangea from the roadside in the neighbourhood.

Nepenthes

Nepenthes

Nepenthes

A few years ago I was given a pitcher plant (Nepenthes sp); it is presently in flower, having produced a single spike. The rather insignificant flowers looked pretty in the late afternoon light.

Nepenthes are carnivorous plants, luring their prey to a drink from the water collected in the body of the trap. I must confess that I have not had the patience to observe the feeding habits of the plant…

Nepenthes

Nepenthes

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