Here's an interesting plant that looks rather vicious and painful if you were to reach out and grab it. The spiders don't seem to mind it though given the webbing covering parts of it. The spikes probably serve to trap lots of little critters for spider snacks.
Against a glittery backdrop.... here's Nerine!
I think it's a pretty name, but you don't hear that flower name used much as a given first name for girls, like: Lily, Jasmine, Daisy, Willow, Holly, Iris, Rose, Violet.
If you're lucky and have a sweetheart partner, you may be called Buttercup or Sweetpea.
Your Grandpa might be a Poppy.
Nobody wants to be called a Pansy.
Daylight Saving Time is ending this weekend, which is when we turn our clocks back one hour. It's been summer-like weather here in Vancouver the last few days, and I'm a bit sad because turning the clock back means going back to the days when we get up and go to work in the dark.... and leave work and go home in the dark. Fewer hours of daylight mean less opportunity to see things like this. I'll have to find some interesting things to take pictures of in the dark. Or start using the flash.
When I was living where I had yards, weeds were the bane of my gardening existence. I'd collect an entire yard waste bag full of them every week and curse the lawns around me for letting theirs go to seed and float onto my lawn to spur more. Now with apartment living can you believe I actually went out in search of a dandelion in bloom to retrieve and bring home to photograph?!
I didn't see a label for this plant in the Bloedel Conservatory, but it's some sort of tropical that thrives in a humid environment (if anybody knows the variety then please let me know). Normally in Vancouver lush natural surroundings aren't for want, but the dead yellow grass everywhere illustrates that this summer has been dry as a bone.
Everything at Costco is giant, and these tropical plants are no exception. They were only $19.98, but buyer beware to think first if you can even fit it in your car to get it home before you buy. Looking at the shopping cart contents, one can certainly buy a schmozzle of things at Costco, can't they? An industrial size box of corn dogs, dish soap, 2 jugs of some sort of tomato sauce, a 10kg bag of sugar and a jungle-sized plant all in one trip. And this shopper didn't even hit the clothing, electronics or household furnishings aisles!