Ten pictures of flowers from last weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden.
Pride of Madeira
All parts of this plant are toxic.
Euphorbias include your common Christmas poinsettia, and the sap
from the poinsettia can cause skin irritation in many people, including me.
Golden Chalice Vine
A beautiful, fragrant (especially at night) but very toxic plant. Extinct in the wild.
Sadly, too many high school students believe that making a liquid from this plant
and drinking it produces a “natural high.” Instead, ingestion can produce visual and auditory hallucinations, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, migraine headaches, rapid onset cycloplegia, mydriasis, paralysis, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and death. The fragrance can cause throat and lung irritation, headaches, nausea, and light-headedness. Eye contact can cause temporary blindness.
In other words, “Bad plant! Bad, bad plant!”
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over five months since my last Friday Flower Fiesta. Alas, time flies when you’re having fun….
People say we don’t have seasons here in San Diego, but I’m here to tell you we do. In fact, we’re in the midst of one of them right now: Purple Season.
Purple Season is when the Jacarandas, Lilies-of-the-Nile, and Sea Lavender all are blooming simultaneously.
I’ve been catching up on my Stephen King reading lately—Cell, Dr. Sleep, and now Insomnia. I have not been disappointed. As I was creating Photographic Art this morning, I hit the wrong key combination and came up with the following Lily-of-the-Nile, which made me think of Insomnia. Those of you who have read Insomnia probably will understand.
It’s been almost a month since I’ve published a Friday Flower Fiesta.
Well, even though I’m still unpacking boxes from the move, cleaning things, and organizing the new home (with Zoey the Cool Cat’s help, of course ►), I decided that I simply needed to take a time out and enjoy some flowers. I’m now at a stage where, for the first time in my life, I don’t have a garden. Ah, well. I have one of the world’s largest botanical gardens just eight miles down the road: The San Diego Zoo! Yes, it’s an internationally renowned botanical garden, too, so be sure to enjoy the plants along with the animals when you come to San Diego!
Meanwhile, here are ten Photographic Art stamps of flowers that I have found blooming since my last Friday Flower Fiesta on May 15:
Spanish Dagger (Yucca)
(This was the only flower for miles around in a nature
preserve. I felt obligated to take its picture.)
(but you probably knew that)
(Honeybee landing on a Datura flower)
Both groups allow members to post one picture per day. Once that’s done, members stop by and leave LIKEs and comments.
My most popular post got 36 LIKEs and comments.
Interestingly, the Photographic Art that I thought would be most popular, wasn’t. That might not be the full story, though, because I don’t know where people are as far as time zone, what else they might be doing on any specific day, how much time they spend on Facebook, etc. Which days get more views, weekdays or weekends? However, I have noticed a distinct liking for certain effects, so that is helpful to me in my Photographic Art endeavors.
How did we go a whole month without a Friday Flower Fiesta? I must be losing it since FFF is one of my favorite posts. Here ya go!
All pictures are from the San Diego Zoo during the past month. The first three pictures are of giant hibiscus, located around Flamingo Lagoon just across from the entrance to the Zoo. Giant hibiscus flowers can get up to eighteen inches in diameter and are quite stunning.
Some flowers, like the hydrangea, aren’t supposed to be blooming at this time of year. I have found, though, that flowers often get confused here in San Diego about when they are supposed to bloom. I think it has something to do with the weather.
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