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Friday, December 12, 2008

Bloom time!


How many pictures can you take of the same kind of blooms?
That's what I've been asking myself every time I go click-
click! This vibrant touch of colour is enough to set my
heart a-flutter!
This variety of Bromeliad is the Billbergia saundersii. Named
after the Swedish botanist Gustaf Johan Billberg, the plant
grows upright in a rosette of five to seven leaves. The centre
of the plant is like a vase and this should always hold water.
The vase also catches falling debris that decays and acts as
a food supply.

It needs little care but during the hot summer months the leaves
look dull. I feel that the markings are more pronounced when it's
about to bloom.

Early morning dew on the bromeliad looks like sugar frosting.


The largest number of Billbergia saundersii is found in Brazil
but they also grow in Mexico through tropical America.

For a plant that does not need much care, the pink bracts and the
inflorescence are eye-catching. Clearly, even if I don't post
on this again, I'll still be clicking away till their dying day!

26 comments:

Mildred said...

Kanak, What a beautiful plant. The color is so happy & bright and I love the "sugar coating" that you say is the dew. I don't mind more pictures of the same plant - I bet it looks different all through the day.

joey said...

How lovely, from every angle, Kanak. Noted we share the same taste in favorite books, especially ~ A Fine Balance ~ that touched me more than any book I've ever read.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Mildred. While finding out more about this plant I read that commercially they don't do well because the blooms are short-lived. Now because of blogging I'll be able to keep track of its 'shelf-life'.

It's not they look different all through the day...it's just that I was waiting for the blooms to open up and these are more like the 'before' and 'after' pictures.

Joey thanks! I read that sales of A Fine Balance skyrocketed in your country after Rohinton Mistry came to the Oprah Winfrey show. This was just by the way...but what a book! Glad to know you love it too! And thanks for stopping by.

tina said...

You can take as many pictures as you want to Kanak! I think it a very lovely bloom and thanks for the history. I actually have one that looks like this but not with the speckled foliage; which is truly awesome. Have a great day!

easygardener said...

I have a Billbergia nutans as a houseplant. The flowers are very similar to yours. I am always amazed that there are so many different colours on such a small flower. Like yours it is very beautiful.

Roses and stuff said...

The more pictures, the better...
Katarina

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hello Kanak, wow this Billbergia saundersii really loves the camera!

Kanak the photographer says -"Strike a pose 'Billie'...yes, yes and again yes, lovely, hm turn that's it!"
Nice shots

Tyra

walk2write said...

Kanak, I hope you bring many more models to the runway (thanks to Tyra for the analogy). This one is spectacular, a superstar. How many colors are there in those blooms?

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Tina. Still waiting for the whole lot to unfold...

Easygardener, I'm amazed at the number of every plant's cousins! They just seem to go on and on. I'll check ou B.nutans now.

Thanks Katarina. Whole-heartedly agree!

Lol! Tyra, that's exactly how it is! Thanks for the thought!:)

W2W, models, runway...love the analogy! Honestly, I don't remember this variety being a show-stopper in previous years! Or maybe I didn't pay much attention because I wasn't blogging then.

There are five colours which is a lot compared to its size, I feel. And the combination is deadly!

lostlandscape said...

What a gorgeous plant! Like you I have a spotted billbergia, though the label is long gone and I'm not sure which species or hybrid it it. Still, it's a striking plant even when out of bloom, but when it decides to flower, it's stunning. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Frances said...

Hi Kanak, what a fabulous brom! The last photo really captures the alien look of the bloom. I like the leaves too, with the spots, something different than what is seen around here, ours have to come in the greenhouse for winter, but still bloom and do well.
Frances

Chandramouli S said...

Is that natural? Or you painted the colors on them? ;) Seriously! That's the most colorful flower I've ever seen!

Lucy said...

I've never seen such a plant. I didn't even know such a plant could exist!

It's amazing.

Extraordinary.

All sorts of words like that!

Lucy

Titania said...

Hi Kanak, This is a very beautiful Brom, love the Bilbergias, Queenstears! I am in the same predicament can't get enough photos, many a time I have to run inside to grab my camera because...I don't know how many photos I have clicked of the same flowers, trees, leaves etc.

Susie said...

That is a beautiful bloom. There is something about it, I think the way it curls, reminds me of an Iris bloom. I like your new header too!

James (Digtoplant) said...

I am suprised just how green and lush it is somehow i thought India hot and very dry just goes to show how little i knew. The plant you show is realy special.

spookydragonfly said...

This plant actually looks good enough to eat...glad that you "clicked" away on this one!

Anonymous said...

what colours Kanak!Keep shooting!LOL Indrani

Kanak Hagjer said...

Lostlandscape, thank you so much for your visit! Going by some of the photos I've seen on the Net, I think bliibergias are really beautiful!

Thanks Frances, yours must be spectacular too! Yes, the curls make a lot of difference to the look!

Thanks Chandramouli. If only I could paint!:) Glad to read your comment!

Hi Lucy! Although I've had the plant for some years, the joy of seeing the initial burst of colour and then the bloom itself, compares to the joy of seeing something wonderful for the very first time!

I think all beautiful blooms have the power to do that! Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Trudi, I can understand!! At times choosing the photos to be posted becomes difficult! And yet we can't stop---it's almost as if we will never get that moment again! Thanks.

Hi Susie, I love the curls too! Glad you like the header. I'd clicked the picture at Daffodil. I think certain areas are left untrimmed because there are so many of them!

Hi James, there are hot and dusty areas no doubt, but several regions have a lot of greenery. Glad you liked the bloom. Thank you for stopping by.

Hi Kim, thanks. Happy to see you here!

I will Indrani, I will!!

Sunita said...

Oh that's beautiful, Kanak! What a very photogenic flower! Absolutely lovely!

Sue said...

I love those colors, and they come at a good time, when we have none of those in our landscape, here in Nebraska, USA.

Thanks for sharing, and I enjoyed looking at your other pictures on this page. I especially like the one of the roof on the restaurant.

Blogging is fun! I see that you know some people I know. ;o)

perennialgardener said...

Fabulous colors on that exotic beauty! Love all the photos!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Sunita. 'Photogenic' is most appropriate. I suppose some blooms do have that quality!!

Sue, thanks for stopping by. Isn't it lovely to see familiar names? And with Blotanical it's like family!! Glad to see you here.

Thanks Racquel. Glad you do!

Carla said...

I could probably take a millon of this plant too! What cool leaves, and totally awesome blooms:)

Kanak Hagjer said...

Carla, that's the way it makes you feel!! Any pretty bloom for that matter...thanks!

Arati said...

this must be most pretty bromeliad i've seen kanak!! the colours are so incredibly beautiful.