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life without love
is like a vine
without flowers or fruit

It’s time for me to take another blog break
and my next post will appear on June 19th.
In the meantime, enjoy happy blogging and writing.

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Blue Poppy Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Ask any number of people to name their favourite flower and chances are you will hear, ‘the rose,’ followed by, ‘the lily.’ Though I love them both, I have a favourite of my own that I have never actually seen or photographed. Whenever a picture of this flower appears I’m totally swept away. The gorgeous ornamental blossom that has captured my imagination is none other than the Himalayan blue poppy.

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This Tibetan poppy, as it is also called, is endemic to the cold mountain regions of southeastern Tibet. While the Meconopsis betonicifolia thrives in Nepal and Tibet, it has also been found in the Scandinavian countries, growing close to the Arctic Circle. This enchanting flower, the national floral emblem of Bhutan, creates its brief and spectacular show in late spring to early summer. To produce its rich blue colour, the poppy requires a cold climate and nutrient soil with a loamy, humus-rich texture. Its blue tones become even more intense when the soil is peaty and slightly acidic.

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Such a deep blue colour is a rare treasure in a garden, and its unique blueness, even in a photograph, remains achingly beautiful. Monty Don, the English writer and television producer on horticulture has suggested, “Once you have strolled through a field of Himalayan blue poppies in full bloom, you are free to go to heaven.”

Will I ever be fortunate enough to find myself in the Himalayas? Probably not, but all of us can still enjoy this experience thanks to the camera and to You Tube.

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fragrance
clings to the hand
that gives roses

 

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    A  friend recently presented me with a gorgeous bouquet of Australian native flowers. Not a rose, lily or daisy was included, as this collection showcased our wild blooms in all their amazing shapes and sizes. Flowers like these don’t suit a fine cut crystal vase either. Instead their robustness demands a sturdy ceramic pot or another similar style of container.

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Starting from the left, delicate sprays of tiny white blossoms are from the Geraldton wax bush. Moving in a semi-circle through the centre are proteas, dressed in a variety of colours from apricot to purple to pink. Their tulip shaped petals—hard and brittle—make them feel at home in the dry, open habitat where they grow best. At the centre is a large white cone of a banksia. Its dense cylindrical head is decorated below by a golden wreath. Each row blossoms until the entire cone is covered in short golden bristles, lending it the popular name of, ‘bottle brush.’ I love its leaves—slender, tough and saw toothed, as though trimmed with a pinking shears. Several acacia stems on the far right provide a green filler.

What a bouquet! Enjoy them as you won’t find these particular flowers growing together anywhere else on Earth.

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