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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday, 12 March '09: Garden oddment


Fortunately this is not a python straddling the plants in my garden. It is the stem of the delicious monster (deliciosa monstera) which grows so prolifically after summer downpours. The giant leaves plucked from the stem create a pattern reminiscent of some giant snake. Above is a single red hisbiscus ready to be plucked worn behind the ear.

15 comments:

Adel and Robyn Kadis said...

Your garden reminds me so much of mine, it's lovely. I had a huge delicious monster at the back door of my guesthouse in Welkom and we eventually took it out but new little one's popped up very quickly.

Pam said...

I love flowers in the hair! We don't do it enough in our culture. I attended a local women's choir function recently - the women were dressed simply and beautifuly, the music was magical, and each wore a flower of some description, either as a brooch or in their hair.It just added so much to the beauty of the occassion. It's a very interesting photo you have featured from your lovely garden.

Janet said...

How interesting! I have not noticed that before. I will remember to take a special look, mind you, my Delicious Monster is still a baby! Lovely photograph! Thank you for sharing!

Smilingsal said...

I love the tropical look of that plant with its giant split leaves. I used to have one, but it wanted to take over the entire planter!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I do love hibiscus. They come in such fantastic colours.

I posted a question for you about your camera on my blog Eleanor. :)

willow said...

That's incredible, Eleanor! It looks like the bark has been carved in a pattern.

Vicki Lane said...

It's always a treat to look around your garden.Your flora and fauna are so different from ours in western North Carolina. A few of the plants I recognize as having been grown in central Florida -- where I lived till 1975.

Susan said...

Hibiscus will never be far from my thoughts; my sister missed that word in a spelling bee at the county fair, many years ago :) This is so lovely. I also love your resident ibis. What a treat it must be to live where you do!

Ms.Daisy said...

Wow! At first glance, I was sure that was a snake lurking in your garden...although, I was wondering who got that close to take the picture! (I wouldn't have)LOL! :-)

Hugs,
Jean

Sreddy Yen said...

Hey Teacher! The bark looks so unique with all the different patterns. It's an attractive photo! I came across an interesting site on Emily Dickinson while I was reading some poetry. Hope it is useful: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/dickinson.html

Greyscale Territory said...

Great textures and colour contrasts! Love oddities like this!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Eleanor, I don't believe I've ever seen anything like that before. Amazing, and with my needing new glasses, it could be very scary. Snakes + Mrs. Magpie are not a match made in heaven. ;-)

Hope you have a great weekend...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Avril said...

Lovely contrasting colours! Must look at my monster 'trunk' - not noticed it as a photo subject!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Like a garden on another planet.
Beautiful!

Barbara Martin said...

Bright red flowers are needed at this dreary time of year in Toronto. The days are getting longer but not alot warmer.