I would pound the petals and stem to a pulp, thereby producing a sticky, gooey paste into which I would dip young papaya stalks.Read More
This flower oozes with sex appeal.
There's something about tulips that I find sexy. This is probably the reason why I gave my wife a bouquet of tulips when I proposed. I just knew she couldn't say no to a tulip.
The tulip is usually associated with The Netherlands (aside from windmills, the infamous plant Cannabis sativa and the sexy Red Light District) but it actually has a very wide distribution from western Europe to China. I was in The Netherlands last month in the middle of spring. So this is what I got:
I took this video of the tulips fields of Leiden, about 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam. Tulips porn.
Sounds Greek, right? That is because it IS Greek.
I learned today that not all scientific names are Latin or Latinized. Some are Greek, like this one. I wonder if there are other scientific names out there that were derived from other languages aside from Greek or Latin.
Usually, when a Tillandsia flowers, it means the plant will soon die. So the plant above is not expected to live much longer. However, before it crosses to the final finish, it helps us begin the start. Confused?
While preparing for this post, I have come to realize a few things.
1) I am using the title a year late. Isn't this what the garden blogs are expected to start off with?
2) It's been a few weeks since I stuck to my tagline of "one plant at a time" but what is one more week, right?
3) I have shown you only 33 of my plants! Yes, I counted. My main concern when I started this blog was that I would run out of plants to post about. However, at the rate that I am posting (obviously not often enough) and assuming I don't acquire any new species, I have more than enough blog material for the next 5 to 8 years. Imagine that! That is if I ever end up blogging that long.
4) My posts tend to favor my passions, namely tillandsias and cycads. While I am admittedly not a "flower person" or what Loree of Danger Garden describes as "super flower focused", I do admire flowers. I may have just portrayed myself as having none of my own.
5) Lastly, limiting myself to just "one plant at a time" has prevented me from joining in on Carol's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day which started in February 2007. This post changes that. Today, I plan to share much more than the usual.
A caveat before I welcome you to my garden: this post is loaded with images. If you don't mind that then let's start with the plants in front of the perimeter wall. Most of these plants were already present when we bought our house.
We then proceed inside the wall and look around the front of the house . . .