I always wondered why there was one of the stamen looks different. I figured it was because it had no pollen attached to it. Maybe it was defective. I knew that the stamens where the male part of the plants reproduction system.
Turns out the one that looks different is not a stamen. It is a stigma and actually part of the plants female reproductive system and connected directly to the plants ovary. Learn something new every day!
We have grown Amaryllis in the past but have never photographed any for some reason unknown to me. We also have never had one since we returned to Pittsburgh. They are beautiful spectacular blooms. We bought this one late in the season and it is a little short but the the flowers are magnificent.
I have spent about 21 days in Cancún. It has rained about three days. So I have seen 18 fantastic sunsets. The sun sets quicker the closer you are to the tropics but you still have plenty of time to take good pictures and burn your eyes out if your not careful. We will be traveling there again next year and hope to see more unique scenes from mother nature.
We are starting to look for a new car to replace our ten year old Accord. We have at least eleven models to price and compare so we are not yet sure what we will buy but we know what color we want. If it is close to this tulip, we will be happy.
We went to the Los Angeles Arboretum on February 14, the day before we left California. The Arboretum is located in the eastern part of the county just outside the city of Glendale. I imagine it is spectacular in any season but in February in addition to the Spring flowers we got to see succulents and cactus in bloom. This plant is some sort of aloe and I have never seen blooms like this on any succulent. The perfect tableau for Valentine’s Day.
In Spring the highlight of the garden are the Tulips and Daffodils. In Fall Mums are my favorite showy flower. There are so many flowers in summer that offer color and beauty it is hard to pick a favorite but if I had to I would pick the Lily. The flowers are large, last a long time and come in a variety of beautiful colors. This one of the best from 2013 in a deep orange or umber color. You can buy prints of this one and see others at my commercial gallery.
Last week my lovely bride of 41 years took a fall and got a fracture in her shoulder. She is in a sling for four to six weeks and it is a royal pain in the ass for her and a little for me. Anyhow. my daughter lives in Chicago with her great boyfriend and his parents sent my wife these flowers. They are good people, we have dined with them and visited their house and really like the whole family, but hell even I didn’t get my wife flowers! The assortment was so nice (good job local florist) I just had to share it. You can see other images from my nature collection by clicking here.