Tag Archives: Flowers

My spirit lifters

My amaryllises are still going strong, but I think this may be their last hurrah for the year. The three bulbs have been providing cheer continuously since the beginning of December. I’m not generally a great lover of red but the weather has been cloudy and I’ve really been enjoying the different shades of red and the way the light plays on the petals.

Red amaryllises in full bloom.
You can see the buds in the lower left corner. The first shall be last.

The one that started the display in early December is also the one that has one still unopened bud. Obviously an over achiever in more than one way!

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week: Red

…and Cee’s Flower of the Day

…and the closeup of the pollen is for Sunshine’s Macro Monday.

A harbinger of spring

The plum blossom is an important symbol in Chinese culture. One of the “four gentlemen” in traditional painting. Here is an interesting article about it’s symbolism in China (the Epoch Times can be a bit weird, but this article is pretty good). It’s symbolizing of hope in hardship and regeneration of life seems appropriate to the current epidemic.

Wishing all in China (which includes my son, who is not ill, or in a particularly dangerous area, but is starting week 3 of a lock down in his community) hope and courage in the face of this crisis.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day

Oh, the things you see in the places you go

Even when you walk the same route almost every day you sometimes see new things.

I did a double take when I saw these. I’ve never noticed them before. Looking closer I saw that they were the seed pods of canna lilies forming.

These look like something Dr. Seuss might have invented.

Canna lily’s seed pods look a bit like a peculiarly fuzzy bird head with a beak pointing out…or tiny bright green fuzzy pumpkins or…

For Cee”s Flower of the Day.