Friday, August 31, 2007
colorful beauty

This flower is almost unreal looking. It is extremely lucious looking....And this is a combination of colors that I find incredibly pleasing.......
The colors here are soooo very beautiful....The flower itself, magnificent.....

This is a Bromeliad! And a gorgeous plant it is.... This plant was given to me as a gift about 15 years ago....it sits in a lovely big white pot on my patio, right outside the sliding door going from the Dining Room to the patio...... It only flowers about every two or three years....In actuality, I know very little about why or how, except that I have been told each head only flowers once, but then forms another head which can and will flower....That is as much as I know about this exoyic plant called The Bromeliad, except, that it is known as "Matchstick" and that it is fantastically beautiful.... I find this plant and flower so extrordinary that I must show you more pictures of it....So, here below....More of the fantastic "Matchstick" Bromeliad.... The combination of these colors, as I said above, just knock me out....And being as excessive as I am....I cannot get enough of them..... And below, another shot of this exotic flower.....And, once again below...Another view..... And one more...(I know....really really escessive....lol)..... But, do you blame me? Click on the word Bromeliad and it will take you to a link that gives a lot of info about this amazingly beautiful plant....

There are only two blooms, by the way.....There may be more pictures of these flowers cause, well....by now you "get" that this is who I am....So, there just may be more....lol I just had to post the picture above.....!


More To Come.......







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59 Comments:
had this to say:

All I can say is Wow!!! I have soem orange flowing thing in my yard (see what a great gardner I am), but the colors are nowhere as fantastic as your plant.

Hello from Michele and a very hot NorCal :)

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 9:51:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh, how I wish I owned this plant...and wouldn't kill it with my brown thumb. Plants in VA need so much babying and I am a bit scattered sometimes; I have to remember to feed the Short People first!

Speaking of, India, my oldest, ADORED the photos. Mostly because it embodies all her favorite colors. It's like a princess to her.

So glad Michele sent me; I'm enjoying getting to know you.

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 12:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You're right, they almost look too perfect to be real. The colors are very inviting and I'll bet they're fragrant as well - I can almost smell them from here!

Michele sent me,

Mike

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:18:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Really a colorful beautiful post and pictures. I feel this is very much you Naomi - colorful and a beautiful heart and how lovely of you to share it all with us.

As I've said a lot of times: as a Norwegian, this is so exotic you know - these kind of flowers you could not even grown indoors.

Wishing you a lovely end to your week:-)

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

How beautiful! I wish I had one of those in my yard! or 2 or 3....
Michele sent me to see that awsome flower!

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:24:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Those colors are amazing. Of course, your great photographic skills show them off beautifully.
I can see why you enjoy this plant so much.
Now, I'm off to read the previous post...

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:27:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh how incredible! I have never seen that flower before and the colours it has is unreal..to have mixed colours in the same plant is totally weird...and the texture of the spikey looking parts of it is also incredible, thanks so much for sharing so many great photos of it.

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:40:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh wow Naomi. That flower is simply amazing. The petals look like feathers!! And the colours - what can I say but stunning. Thanks for sharing! I'm now going back to click on the link of the name of the flower...

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:51:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Ohhhh! It is sooooo gorgeous! My fave colors, too. You are a most extraordinary plant mommie to keep it alive and healthy! I must confess to being posessed of a purple thumb that does in all but the hardiest---though there was one pineapple (also a bromiliad) top that grew into a handsome plant in spite of me.

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:51:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

That flowers looks like a work of art, it truly does. The combination of colours and the composition of your photographs are simply stunning!

One word to sum this up: "Wow!"

It is truly gorgeous!

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 3:19:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

How do you always do that...make your photos look more beautiful than the real thing? Although I wouldn't know what the real flowers look like, I can't imagine them looking any better than these pictures. The colors are fascinating. I've never seen such a bromeliad.

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 3:49:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hey Naomi. I'm back from vacation and I have missed the beauty of your blog. Today's visit has not disappointed me! This is totally, awesomely lovely. We have Bromiliads in Florida and they are quite easy to grow, but I have never, ever seen one this colorful. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 4:04:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

The colors are wonderful! I used to see a lot of those on Hilton Head Island.

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 6:12:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh my!!!!

I can't believe what I'm seeing here, I don't think I've ever seen anything so pretty...! I want one in my garden!!!!!

As I was looking through you pictures, I was thinking, that if it were me, I'd be blowing one up (picture that is lol) and framing it somewhere in a contrasting frame.

Just stunning!

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 7:58:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

WOW. Really pretty. The colors remind me of ice cream...but then again, all of my references are food related. sigh. Here via Michele!

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 8:56:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow, that truly is stunning. I've never seen anything like it.

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 9:27:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Thanks for coming by earlier.
Those are amazing photographs of an amazing looking flower. Some of them look like watercolor paintings. Stunning.
Tina

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 9:50:00 PM PDT 

Blogger b13
had this to say:

My neighbor at work has one of those that I posted a picture of.

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 10:02:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Lucky you, to have such a glorious flowering plant tucked outside your patio door. Please, tell me, you do have a Bromeliad celebration when it blooms, don't you?

If not, please consider doing so, just call your dearest friends and say, "oh, you must come over for lemonade and celebrate the beauty of the blooming Matchstick flowers."

In fact, if I was closer, I would stop over just to see it - and get the glorious pleasure of seeing you in the process.

Thank you, once again, for sharing your delightful floral pictures.

Hugs...

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 10:06:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I can't get over all of your beautiful flowers, you must live in the garden 24 hours a day....Not really , I know!

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 10:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh. My. God.

Pink! Purple! What an amazing plant! I gotta get me one of those......!!

[reality bites]

oh hold on, it probably wouldn't survive in cold wet old England.....

[goes back to swoon over plant again]

cq

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 10:39:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

This one is so lovely, it's almost like an illustration in a fantasy!

I'm here from Michele's right now, but you know I come here all the time. And every time, I come away dazzled.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 12:34:00 AM PDT 

Blogger E
had this to say:

I love those flowers. I always see them in the florist shop and am tempted to buy them. But I don't know the first thing about how to take care of one. Seeing your photos makes me think I should just ask the florist!

Here from Michele's.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 12:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I keep opening your blog just to drool over this amazing plant.....

:-))

Not bad for a cousin to the pineapple.....

cq

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 1:17:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What a truely spectacular bloom! Love the colours. I told you I would still be around, it is just now no one has to reciprocrate although I did open up the comments on my one post so people could say something lol.
Tomorrow is another day,and I am feeling MUCH better over the whole debacle then I was a day or so ago.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 1:29:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

That was sheer beauty. A great treat for sore eyes after teaching maths.
What vivid colours.

Glad Michele sent me here to admire those flowrs.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 1:31:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

oh wow! gorgeous! But then if anyone can make it bloom every other year of so.. it would be you!

does it have a fragrance?

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 4:41:00 AM PDT 

Blogger TLP
had this to say:

Rabit rabbit!

BEAUTIFUL photos. Absolutely amazing. But then, yours always are.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 6:25:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I HAD a plant very similar to this one...except mine was just pink, with no purple/blue in it. It had been left on my lanai by the people we bought the house from and wasn't in bloom at that time. WHAT a surprise for me when it DID bloom! I was as excited as you are....lol
BUT....I ended up leaving it for the new owners when we sold our house 2 years ago and moved here. Just kinda seemed like the right thing to do. Like THAT was it's home and it should remain there.
So nice to see your lovely plant, Naomi. And you're right...it doesn't look real. (Mine had an almost "waxy" texture to it)

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 7:22:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I am glad Michelle sent me WOW I love those flowers

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 9:22:00 AM PDT 

Blogger TLP
had this to say:

Saying Rabbit Rabbit on the first of each month is about luck. You say it as soon as you realize that it's the first of the month. If you forget to say it, then you have to say tibbar tibbar as soon as you realize that you forgot about Rabbit rabbit.
One of my daughters (AP3) seems to have started it in our corner of the blog world.
Here's a site you can check for info: http://community.livejournal.com/culturalanthro/19872.html

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 9:47:00 AM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

I have never seen anything like it...those colors...in fact I thought the first pictures were drawings. How wonderful!

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 10:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

wow. those petals look like exotic bird feathers. beautiful. thanks for sharing!

mck.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 12:48:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! Just stunning, Naomi! You are right, this flower is almost unreal looking. The combination of colors are amazing, wonderful!
Great photos, Naomi!

Have a nice weekend my dear!

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 1:09:00 PM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

I had to do six word verifications to get here from Michele's but it was worth it. That is such a lucious plant and if my grand-daughter weren't in bed asleep I would get her to see it because, guess what her favourite colour is? Every shade of pink. Have a great week-end Naomi.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 2:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, sitting here in the "green winter" - Anna beside me, 11:49 pm, admirering these exceptional photos of such fantastic flowers.
You know - we wish we were there right now. It's really inspiring. To read and see your posts.

Hope to bring you a lunch next year . yeah.

Have a splendid Sunday

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 2:53:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

They are real?! I've never seen such a thing. I thought it was a beautiful painting you were taking a picture of.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 5:13:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh my Lord!
creation never ceases to amaze me.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 5:54:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I have heard of this plant but never had one. The colors are so breathtakingly beautiful. It does look unreal! Any of these pictures would be lovly for an artist to paint!

Your flowers Naomi are so pretty! You take absolutely stunning photograghs too!!

Do have a wonderful holiday!! Hugs to you!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 7:04:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Thanks my dear Naomi for your double visiting! So sweet of you!
I always love to see your name and kind words on comments!

Have a lovely and wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 9:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I love bromeliads. Unfortunately, it is the one plant I've never been able to keep alive. As you said, they only bloom once, and after that first bloom, the whole darn thing dies on me. :(

Yours is so beautiful, thank you for sharing! :)

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 9:53:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You're right, it is almost 'unreal looking'. When I saw the first picture I didn't think it was real. But it is real, and it is gorgeous. Such vibrant colors!!

Michele sent me...

Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 11:04:00 PM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Thank you Naomi! Elaine told her father your flowers were pink and purple and very pretty - for a princess (in French).

Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 1:01:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

You're right, Naomi; they look so unreal!

Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 2:06:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

WOW!!


That is a fantastic bloom!
I have never seen one with those colors.

BTW- You have a most interesting and beautiful blog site.

I came here from some of the blogs you post on....(JD and Rachel)


Junie Rose

Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 9:18:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

wow! i thought, until i read some, that this was a photogrph of a paining of a flower. thats AWESOME.

Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 11:49:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Those blooms are so cool! I've heard of this type of plant, much less seen one. The colors are way awesome! They remind me of a picture you painted, I think. I have some vague memory of a painting of yours with blues, pinks and purples. Am I imagining that?

Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 12:40:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow, that flower is very unreal looking, but so very beautiful too :D Thanks for sharing it with us - I've not seen anything like it before.

Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 12:57:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Ivy
had this to say:

That is really a great plant! The colors are awesome! Thank you for sharing!

Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 2:16:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

WOW!!! That is absolutely stunning! It is sooooo beautiful. Amazing.
I am so glad you shared!
My health has improved by leaps and bounds. A tornado hit last Sunday and we just got power restored yesterday.
I will try and catch up with the rest of your posts as soon as I can.
I have missed you soooooooooo much!!!!
Huggles and lotsa love,
Raggedy

Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 10:18:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I have never seen such a spectacular flower color combination!

Monday, September 3, 2007 at 3:23:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi those are some of the most beautiful pictures you've done I think. They should be prints. Some have almost the soft flowy feel of a circus girl.... The pretty fluffy things she wears to ride. I love it! I'd like to own that plant!

Monday, September 3, 2007 at 8:47:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! Oh what a feast to the eyes...the combination of pastel shades.

The flowers of pineapples are similar...guess these belong to the same family.

Your shots look like floral arrangements. Thank you.

Monday, September 3, 2007 at 5:27:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wowee -- that's one cool plant
Your botanicals, succulents and other growing creatures are fascinating. I'd pay admission.

Monday, September 3, 2007 at 6:34:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

holy cow! I've seen Bromeliads alot in my life, but NEVER one with such splendid/contrasting colors! Gorgeous! One of my favorites this far. How fun to actually own such a pretty plant. Makes my ferns look like weeds. =)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 8:26:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

That is absolutely beautiful! What vivid colors. It reminds me of a fancy feather duster.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 8:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

This GORGEOUS plant reminds me of the shimmery colors in my fairy princess damsel hat! Of course, I am wearing it for my Birthday today!

That really IS a spectacular flower! You've had it for 15 years???? I could kill it in a week! You've got too much talent!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 12:25:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
had this to say:

I lingered on this one just to feast on the absolte beauty of the colors.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 4:08:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Your bromeliad is absolutely stunning - so much so that I googled to find if it was available here in Australia. However all the photos of Bromeiad 'Matchstick'which came up looked nothing like your plant. You wouldn't happen to know the latin name of its species perhaps?
Your cats are also stunning. I agree with you 100% on their natures and intelligence.
Jen

Monday, December 15, 2008 at 7:16:00 PM PST 

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