I am having another indecisive day. I am playing spin the wheel and see what flower it lands on in the flower folder. Todays flower is a cactus – Mammillaria bocasana v. splendens flower. I was taking photos in a nursery of flowers I had never seen before or for a long while.
So in my current mood you get not one but two Mammillaria bocasana v. splendens flower photos.
The one I spun and picked.
and the next photo which was in macro mode. Yes I just had to play around
Today is too hot to be outside and I have sweated enough doing housework so I thought I would do a random flower picking.
I went into my flower folder, the ones that haven’t been named or sorted properly (yes there are quite a number of photos), just did a page down and clicked on the the page.
This is the flower that I “picked”
I think I know where I took the photo as the background looks like a road with a white painted line
Spreading to pendent shrub, parasitic on many species of rainforest trees, germination occurs on trees bark of a suitable host plant with a bit of the fruit spread by birds when they wipe sticky fruit pulp from their beaks.
Flowers are upright, attracting Mistletoe Birds, Lorikeets and Honeyeaters, mainly Summer.
Number twelve in the Life of….flower series.
Thanks for everyone’s lovely comments and encouragement over the past posts. I have already shown the blue Agapanthus flower life cycle and, as promised, here is the white Agapanthus flowers life cycle.
“Agapanthus (Agapanthus spp.) also known as the African Lily or the Lily of the Nile is a fleshy rooted perennial. It is part of the Liliaceae family and is native to Southern Africa.”
Some of the spears appear to be quite small at the start of flowering
Gradually filling out
Then a slight opening to reveal the white flower buds
Finally breaking free from the casing into the sunshine
The remnant of the casing still clinging on
The buds are so full and soon the umbrel will explode into flower
When some of the buds open, it doesn’t take long for the Stingless Native Bees to come for some pollen
An open flower makes it easy to hang on while gathering pollen
Many of the flowers have opened and other buds are waiting
The flowers are so white
Finally some of the flowers are dying while there are still lots of buds yet to open
The flower heads are almost finished leaving stalks where the flowers once were
I hope you have enjoyed the white Agapanthus flowers life story. There are some more that I am working on but they will have to wait a while until I can get organised and the flowers cooperate.
One of my favourite Elvis songs – the laughing version. Try not to get caught up in Elvis’s contagious laughing
“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” – Voltaire
“Laughter serves as a blocking agent. Like a bullet-proof vest, it may help protect you against the ravages of negative emotions that can assault you in disease.” – Norman Cousins
“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” – Benjamin Franklin
Earth laughs in flowers. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
God has a smile on His face. — Psalm 42:5
On Day at the Pearly Gates
St. Peter stood at the Pearly Gates, waiting for the incoming.He saw Jesus walking by and caught his attention.
“Jesus, could you mind the gate while I go do an errand?”
“Sure,” replied Jesus. “What do I have to do?”
“Just find out about the people who arrive. Ask about their background,their family, and their lives. Then decide if they deserve entry into Heaven.”
“Sounds easy enough. Okay.”
So Jesus waited at the gates while St. Peter went off on his errand.
The first person to approach the gates was a wrinkled old man. Jesus summoned him to the examination table and sat across from him.
Jesus peered at the old man and asked, “What was it you did for a living?”
The old man replied, “I was a carpenter.”
Jesus remembered his own earthly existence and leaned forward.
“Did you have any family?” he asked.
“Yes, I had a son, but I lost him.”
Jesus leaned forward some more. “You lost your Son? Can you tell me about him?”
“Well, he had holes in his hands and feet.”
Jesus leaned forward even more, and whispered, ” … Father?”
The old man leaned forward and whispered, ” … Pinocchio?”
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge January: Amber Colours
I wasn’t aware of the different shades of amber there were until I saw Cee’s amber swatch. I hope I didn’t too far away from amber too far.
I put them in a slideshow to save you scrolling.
Here is Ambers song
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers
This is the second post for Cee’s challenge. I was chatting about the Purple Fringe Lily that grows on my place, and thought I have another flower growing on my place that looks similar. One grows on land, the other grows on water.
Do you think they have feathers as well?