Tuesday, August 15, 2006
a different plant

These BEAUTIFUL Flowers are so sweet smelling....they are very much like the Plumeria Blossom in look and scent....except, the plant they are on is nothing like a Plumaria....It is from Madagascar and it is a Pachypodum. And here below, is a far away shot of the plant itself. And, in case you cannot see this too well, here is a closer look at the trunk of this Pachypodum....I took this some time ago, when these beautiful green leaves first begin to appear....This is the close-up, below. And next, here are the leaves just as they began to grow in once again...the plant having lost it's leaves in the Winter, and then in Spring, new life appears on these lonely dangerous looking little arms.... And then in this next picture below, it was about a week or so later and the leaves had grown in just a little more.... And then, some more time passed and I took some more pictures when the leaves were not fully grown in but, just about ....so here below is one of those pictures of these really lush beautiful slender dark green leaves... And then, a few days ago, I took this next photo below....the first flowers had opened....plus, you can see the flower buds as well.... And below, a slightly different angle on those same flower buds....
Who would believe that such delicate sweet smelling flowers could grow on such a lethal looking plant? I happen to love these plants. They look like little Palm Trees to me in a way, except for the fact that the trunk is filled with those really sharp protective 'tack-needle' like thingy's.... What a lovely way to be greeted as you come up the front entry way towards the gate...this sweet delicate scent that reminds one of Hawaii....Gee, I hope they are still blooming when Wendy gets here...


And....

An Update: I swear, the little sharp things on this seed pod have grown since I posted about them a number of days ago....What do you think?





More to come....









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29 Comments:
had this to say:

Hello! It is so nice to see a new post from you :-) I do hope that this means that you are feeling much better? Your pics of those flowers and the plant are wonderful as ever. I wish I could smell them for myself! Once more you have captured nature in action beautifully!

I am on the mend btw, and even managed to get out and about a bit at the weekend. I took pics adn will share them soon!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 1:52:00 AM PDT 

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Indeed it has grown. That would be a sore if you get pricked by it.
The flower above is so beautiful as if I can smell it from here. It looks very similar to our Calachuci.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 4:25:00 AM PDT 

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How beautiful Naomi!
That is a plant I can say I've never seen before! What great blooms!!! You sure have the touch (or non-touch .. ouch!) with your plants to have them all blooms so great for you!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 5:38:00 AM PDT 

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Ihave never seen that plant before. The blossoms do look very much like plumeria, and the leaves resemble a rhododendron. Perhaps they all have the same genetic roots way back when.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 9:00:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful plant.
You have to be the only person I know who actually has a plant from Madagascar!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 11:04:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What lovely flowers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 11:21:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What beautiful flowers. I only wish that we could smell them! That's one thing the internet cannot do...lol! I hope the fact that you are posting means you are feeling much better :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 12:38:00 PM PDT 

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Different and oh, so pretty! I had a small plant like this one before the flowers...it died on me, I know, I lack the green thumb but I keep trying! Lovely pics, Naomi, beautiful flowers. This is the best show ever, Mom Nature's.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 12:39:00 PM PDT 

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Give Wendy a big hug for me!

Yes, the prickles look longer for sure, must be the sun out west there.

That flower plant is so beautiful, stickies and all! Probably couldn't withstand our winters.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 1:04:00 PM PDT 

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They look like they would smell good! They remind me of something I like smelling and can't for the life of me put my finger on it.

The close up with the bristles is awesome! It is like abstract art!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 1:33:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! And the blossoms are beautiful, kinda white with a buttery glow. How unusual!
~S

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 1:40:00 PM PDT 

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Those are beautiful flowers and they sure do resemble plumeria flowers. Except, as I did a double-take, the petals on plumeria are a little narrower, I think.

And HOOBOY, I would not wanna get near the trunk of that thing if I weren't paying attention, that's for sure. :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 2:55:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

beautiful blooms....your pics are amazing. always a pleasure to have you visit my blog...and I just might be inclined to do the favorite books post...

Blessings,
Donna

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 3:29:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, thanks for the visit. No, I have never been to London, but we have it on our "to-do" list. Mr. kenju flew through there once, on his way to Tel Aviv, on business. He really wanted to stop in London, but time didn't permit.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 3:35:00 PM PDT 

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From looking at the flower you'd never think the plant would be so mean looking!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 4:47:00 PM PDT 

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Such detail in the stickers! You're getting very handy with the camera.

Only 12 more days Madam Judge.... getting exciting.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 4:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Pachypodum,what a nice name! Lovely plant Naomi. That is awesome.Those blooms are so lovely indeed. It would be nice if we could scratch and sniff!! Ha!!
Thanks for the great pictures.

How exciting to meet a blogging friend soon too!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 7:16:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, I answered your question on my comments section. And I wanted you to know, I'm just as glad I met you!
Hugs,
~S

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 8:56:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Some of those pictures look almost alien plant life :)
Seven more sleeps !!
BTW I posted two pics of me today so you will know who it is arriving. Ignore the weird look I don't know what i was doing.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 10:08:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What a lovely plant. The flowers looks like from this tree called calachuchi. It's very fragrant and frequently use in fiestas as decors on saints and other statues.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 2:53:00 AM PDT 

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They DO look like little palm trees, don't they? And the flowers are just exquisite!!! Thanks for sharing.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 6:11:00 AM PDT 

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Wow! What a beautiful plant and flower, Naomi! Very unusual flower, I think! When I hear about Madagascar, I remember the gorgeous Lemur I saw on Discovery Channel! They are amazing creature!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 8:17:00 AM PDT 

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Absolutely amazing, Naomi. That these spectacular flowers could result from such a dangerous looking trunk. The flowers look almost like velvet. I can only imagine their sweet scent. That trunk does look downright lethal...that was the first word that came to mind when I saw it.
Thanks for sharing these.
And I'm SO jealous that Wendy gets to meet both you and the lovely flowers. Have a ball!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 10:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

When I first moved to California, I thought palm trees and cacti were so ugly and barren, but more and more I've gotten to appreciate their simple beauty.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 1:01:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

They're such lovely photos of your flowers and plants. You're making me jealous. LOL

Have a happy day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 4:15:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful!! Everytime I come here you wow me with your plant knowledge.

Amazing :)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 4:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi,

Your plants and flowers are beautiful. They remind me of George Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons, which were actually influenced by Monument State Park and New Mexico in general. Same kind of cacti next to houses.

As my icon attests, I have an affinity for Herriman.

Have a nice evening!
Rick

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 8:30:00 PM PDT 

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had this to say:

Love that pale yellow center with the creamy white blooms. I'll have to look through my pics and see if they had one in the desert exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Friday, August 18, 2006 at 8:16:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

OOOOOHHHH what can I say. Beautiful aliens from out of space. They make me feel unglued!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 at 4:02:00 PM PDT 

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