Yes, I love flowers.
They are one of the perfect thing in our world, amongst many others, that really makes me enjoy my everyday life.
One of my favourite hobby is to sit down in my garden and watch closely the perfect symmetric and amazing colorful varieties of the flowers.
IMO, it's things like this that makes you feel alive, especially when you're in trouble in your life.
Lily of the Valley
Can you smell this bewitching scent? I have some of these in my garden and I'm really enthralled every year on May to smell it.
A delicate and fragrant sign of spring, the Lily of the Valley has inspired a number of legends. One such Christian legend explains that the tears
that Mary shed at the cross turned to Lilies of the Valley, prompting the flower to sometimes be referred to as “Our Lady’s Tears.” Another
legend tells of Lilies of the Valley springing from the blood of St. George during his battle with the dragon.
The white lotus (Nymphaea lotus) is called the Egyptian white waterlily or the tiger lotus. The species comes from the Nymphaeaceae family and
grows in various parts of Southerast Asia and East Africa. The blossoms float on water with the support of its lily pads. The white lotus is also a
popural pond and aquarium plant.
This incredible flower have some specific properties:
- Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300
years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China.
- The plant normally grows up to a height of about 150 cm and a horizontal spread of up to 3 meters, but some unverified reports place the height as
high as over 5 meters.(!)
- Researchers report that the lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers to within a narrow range just as humans and
other warmblooded animals do.
In spring, many European woods are covered by dense carpets of this flower; these are commonly referred to as “bluebell woods”. It is thought
that they were named by the romantic poets of the 19th century, who felt they symbolized solitude and regret.
This is one of the most perfect symmetric flower I've ever seen!
Close-up of the core flower:
Google mosaic. Check out the amazing existing varieties!
Bird of Paradise
Passionflower was used traditionally in the Americas and later in Europe as a “calming” herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It
is still used today to treat anxiety and insomnia. Passionflower is now grown throughout Europe. Each flower has 5 white petals and 5 sepals that vary
in color from magenta to blue. The passionflower’s ripe fruit is an egg-shaped berry that may be yellow or purple. Some kinds of passion fruit are
edible. This flower is extremely well known but until recently I only noticed how beautiful it can be.
The bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is an exotic flower that is native to South Africa. Because of the flower's resemblance to a colorful
bird in flight, the name was aptly coined. The flower, which blooms from September through May, is a popular design element in gardens.
The dahlia is a genus native to Central America, Colombia and Mexico and they are characterized as bushy, tuberous and perennial plants. The plant
was named after the botanist Anders Dahl. There are roughly 30 species and at least 20,000 cultivars.
If ever there was a flower that knew the meaning of variety, it is the Dahlia. While it’s colors are limited to the warm ranges of red, orange,
yellow, pink and white, it’s flowers come in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes. Each variation of the dahlia petal is a beauty. Their petals can
be spiky, wispy, round thin or a half dozen other variations. Even the color ranges from one solid color to a painted mixture of two or three
Peonies produce large, often fragrant flowers. Blooming in late spring and early summer, Peonies come in shades of red to white or yellow. Peonies
are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Since ancient times, Peonies have been regarded as the symbol of wealth, luck and
happiness. Peonies always represent elegance and poise.
Ah! The Rose flower.....
I really cannot talk about flowers and forget about the Rose!!
One of the most popular garden plants, roses come in several forms, shapes and colors. Roses come in shades of yellow, pink, purple, white, cream, red
and nearly black with several variations of shades in between. One of the rose species is the Peace rose which is the most famous and successful
garden rose of all time. Over one hundred million plants had been sold, as of 1992. It is a Hybrid Tea rose with very large flowers and a light yellow
to cream color. The rose is extremely popular for a variety of reasons but one is defiantly due to its beauty.
Do you know the blue/purple Charles de Gaulle rose?
And let's not forget of course the absolute symbol of Love:
There are so many others that I would like to show, but I'm pretty sure that you'll bring here your favorite one.
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