Neighbours talking over the garden gate has long been a tradition. They share gardening tips, complain about the weather and pests yet are ever eager to discuss their gardens. That is what I had in mind when creating this blog. So stop by my garden gate to find out the latest happenings in my garden.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." ~ Madame Marie Curie"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)
Bird of Paradise 
(Strelitzia reginae)
December 16, 2010

During the first trip we made to Busch Gardens in December, I took a picture of this gorgeous yellow flower.  Hurrying to catch up to the others I neglected to take a picture of the tag but I was sure I knew what the flower was so wasn't too worried.  Going through the pictures to edit some of them for my blogs I was sure I knew the flower but the name continued to be tucked safely in the recesses of my mind.  Thanks to the the Florida Botanical Gardens website I was able to identify the flower as Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae).  The funny thing is I knew it was something to do with birds and all that kept popping into my mind was 'parrot'.  The boat shaped bracts hold orange or white sepals and a blue tongue resembling birds.  Isn't it unique?
Happy Gardening!

Garden Gnome
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2 comments:

  1. Very interesting flower, for sure! :-)

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