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!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau