Look closely…

One needs to stop and look close to see the tiny blooms on this row of hedges rimming an apartment building’s property. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The buds caught my attention a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure if they’d amount to flowers of any signifigance. Cute little flowers that will last only a few weeks each year, like most perennials. Then just a memory. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Is it the water…

These giant, graceful Orchids were in full bloom next to Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain in Chicago. A must see!

Beautiful, graceful Orchids are an easy find in Grant Park, Chicago. CLICK on image above for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The Two Orchids reach for the sky. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago with Two Orchids on the southern end of the fountain, with the magnificent skyline in the background. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mysterious beauty…

Spring blooming flower found on one of our neighborhood walks in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. I don’t know the name of this beauty. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Closer view of these flowers. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

R-rated naming…

Who would think that the lovely Orchid (Orchidaceae) name is derived from the Anciet Greek name for testicle; noting the shape of the twin tubers of some speicies. (see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchidaceae).

The beauty of this species brings forth other discriptors from viewers; at least from this viewer. This Orchid had been successfully attached to a tree in the quaint Lauderdale by the Sea Village retail area.

Dingy beauty…

An oxymoron it seems; but someone chose its name, Dingy-flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum amphistomum). Orchids are never “dingy”. But this is this dear Orchid’s name.

The Dingy-flowered Star Orchid is considered an endangered native of Florida.

Tiny Orchid blooms have visitors. This flower has no nectar but it’s aroma attracts moths (not shown here) for pollination. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg

Overall view of the Dingy-flowered Star Orchid. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Welcomed Asian immigrant…

An amazing collection of Camellias decorate the grounds of the Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee Florida. I happened to visit during their peak January through March bloom season. Camellia are native to Asia and beloved worldwide for their graceful beauty. Enjoy.

Beautiful close up as well as from a distance. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Camellia blooms are accompanied by Spanish Moss. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

These prolific blooms grow on tall, dense shrubs. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Pretty in pink. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Still very pretty though it is past it’s prime bloom time. Camellias come in a variety of colors. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The official website for this state park is: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Maclay-Gardens. Beware that there is an entry fee to any Florida State Park.

Passion for passion…

Each of these images is of the Passion Vine (Passiflora) species. They are evidence to me of God’s passion for beauty and attention to detail in his/her creations. The colors are arresting, and their unique design are worthy of equal consideration.

Any habitat for butterflies includes flowering plants as well as assorted grasses. Many caterpillars favor the Passion Vines (Passiflora) as their food source. These images were taken last winter at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, Florida. For more information check out their website: www.butterflyworld.com.

Striking Passion Flower Vine. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Passion Flower “Lavender Lady” at Butterfly World. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Passiflora “Piresii” Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Passiflora “Susan Joy”. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

 

Native abundance…

“This plant is a native, and with true American perspicacity and enterprise has forged his way from

magenta obscurity to the most prominent place in the floral world.”

‘My Garden’ by Louise Beebe Wilder, 1916

Phlox abundance. May you see the wonder all around you. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg