Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Birds of Paradise






Upon our return to Florida, we are surprised to see these blooms in our "jungle garden."
I never understood why these flowers are called "birds of paradise" but I think I see it now.
Bluish heads with sharp beaks are showing off their colorful headresses of orange and purple.
I continue to learn from this tropical landscape with its subtle seasonal changes,
glitzy look at Christmas, and easygoing charms.

15 comments:

Beach House Living said...

Thank you for these photos. I love birds of paradise flowers and was in heaven when I visited California. They were abundant.
My dishes that I have had for longer then I care to disclose have birds of paradise on them.

mise said...

Aren't they such spectacular flowers, occasionally sold here at huge cost, no doubt in terms of air-miles as well as money. And once, as a teenager, I managed to grow two of them in rainy Ireland, a small but definite triumph.

ELK said...

now that is a color filled couple of blooms..they come back each year? amazing!

S. Etole said...

they aren't shy about sharing their color, are they ... a marvel

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Becky
We have these here in prolific abandon... I know I found them fascinating as a child... like having birds growing in the garden

Glad you are back in summerland... our spring is struggling here at the moment....xxx Julie

Linda P said...

Isn't it lovely to come back to splashes of colour in the garden after time away? For us, with our Italian garden, it's daffodils in Spring, jasmine and irises in the Summer and dahlias and oleanders in the Autumn -they bloom year after year without maintenance. Your exotic birds of paradise blooms are looking good.

Susan Erickson said...

Amazing! I absolutely love these...it's that tropical allure....To think that they were there waiting for you! You are a lucky gardener!

lakeviewer said...

We'll come over and appreciate them when everything is grey and wet here!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

they certainly are !!
~laura x

RuneE said...

Take good care of them they are marvellous. I have one "One the wall" beside me - shot in garden in Spain some years ago.

Julie Holloway said...

yes, Lisa Mowry! Sorry I am commenting here, but I didn't see your email. I had a feeling you worked for them when I saw that book I won. Thanks for the comments....Julie

Dimple said...

Beautiful blooms. I had always wondered about the name, also, until your description. But once I found the beak, I even saw the eye!

mimi said...

Becky, H.H. and I would love to have you stop by for a sip or... two! Birds of paradise are sculptures in the garden... very exotic and lovely, how lucky for you they have come for a visit!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Some beautiful colors you've captured here love. They make me smile. Have fun in florida.
Dagmar

Jeanne Klaver said...

This is my favorite flower. Your photos are beautiful.