My hard drive is full of images...some good, some not so good....I was about to delete a snow covered holly when I decided to see what it would look like if I worked it. I like it and I hope you do too...but unfortunately I did not delete and ending up adding images.
I have been wondering lately if I should give this bird a name. Oh right, she already has one...I could easily call her Reginae, or maybe Ginae for short. Her development has been a real treat to watch. She blossomed a fourth flower if I am reading the info about her correctly.
Birds of Paradise flowers are produced in a horizontal inflorescence emerging from a stout spathe.
The Birds of Paradise flower inflorescence is borne atop long scapes, or pedicels, that grow to 5 feet or more in height. The flower on the Birds of Paradise plant is the most unusual part.
A series of highly colored bracts, or modified leaves, are formed into green, red, and or purplish canoe-like structures. Bracts vary between 4-8 inches long, depending upon the age and size of the Birds of Paradise plant.
Each Birds of Paradise flower is made up of three upright orange sepals and three highly modified vivid blue petals. Two of the petals are joined together in a structure resembling an arrowhead with the third petal forming a nectary at the base of the flower.
Each bract contains 2 or more protruding Birds of Paradise florets of bright yellow or orange elongated petals and a bright blue tongue. The female part of the Birds of Paradise flower is the long extension of the blue tongue, which is extended well away from the stamens.
The above is a direct quote from The Flower Experts if you care for a little more information.
Yes I just love going into the city even if its just for a short while. Took the train in and walked to the Jacob Javits Center to look at all the shiny motorcycles and accessories displayed at the International Motorcycle Show. The building itself is like a piece of art, all glass and open to the sky.
It was late afternoon when we walked back to the train station and the Empire State building looked like it was glowing in the afternoon light and it cast a nice reflection on the Manhattan Center. The moon was out too but I could not get it in the shot.
I have had this flowering plant since it was about 4 inches the tall. I bought it many years ago at a Philadelphia flower show. The leaves are now a minimum of a foot long. After all these years ir finally decided to bloom in the middle of an east coast winter....in my living room. It glowed when the morning light landed on it.
The sun finally came out after hiding behind the grey for a
few days and I’ve been yearning for the NJ Shore so we decided to take the ride
to Belmar and see if we could find some place open for lunch.Driving down Main street the word tavern
appeared and we pulled into the nearest spot about 1/2 past noon. Plenty of restaurants were open.
We walked into the fairly large bar and dining room of the Connolly Station with just a few tables occupied and noticed immediately that it was very cold inside.Our server Tracey was friendly and attentive and even apologetic about the inside temperature.
The french onion soup was average but did help to warm me. I enjoyedthe two crab cake sliders. The cake was yummy and the bread tasty too and just the right amount to sate me.Hubby had a gigantic turkey rueben and liked it just fine.For an extra dollar we both ordered the sweet potato fries with our lunch, worth it.With a beer and a rootbeer that was generously refilled and our coffees...mine with Kalua, the bill came to $50 before tip...
I really wanted to take a walk on the beach but it was barricaded to pedestrians and we could see guys working with big equipment a block or two down the beach, not to mention an obvious police presence.
I almost cried when I saw this mound of sand that looked like a decorated grave..
I saw devastation and desolation.
I moved beyond the barricade to face it head on and was glad I did because it was there that I saw the true sentiment of THANKS and HOPE resting in the sand!