Tuesday, March 17, 2009
flowers

I thought it would be fun to post some of the flowers in my neighborhood.....These are all very pretty plants that are in front of the houses that I would pass on my walks...I do not know what this plant is but the flowers were quite exotic.....! This is the plant that produces these exotic flowers.....I thought the plant itself was rather ordinary looking.....And as far as I can tell, this is the only house that has this plant growing in front.....Now, that plant next to it, on the left......That Is Beautiful!The Flower really stands out in a way....The shape and the beautiful colors.....If anyone knows what it is, please do tell me....And the lovely plant next to it...well, it produces some very very lovely flowers..... I should know what this plant is..But, I don't. Judy, where are you when we need you and your incredibly encyclopedic knowledge of all things floral......Here below is a closer look at these truly lovely blooms..... I love the shape and the color of these beauty's.....Down the street from here, another house has what looks like the same flowers, though the plant itself doesn't seem to be thriving in quite the same way...nor is it as lush..... A closer look at these little pretty flowers below...... This color is so incredibly rich.....Purples/Lavenders are my very very favorite colors.....and here below an even slightly closer look.....
They sure are pretty.....And then below, these flowers are just growing wild on the side of the hill.....I have no idea what they are, at all....But they certainly are very a very beautiful color...... And a closer look, below....... I think it is quite extraordinary that something this pretty is just growing wild on the side of the hill---which is all decomposing granite....Obviously some little seeds got carried here by the wind, but, that they actually grew into these pretty flowers....well, that's the miracle, isn't it? And of course, the exotic "Bird Of Paradise" which is everywhere here, believe it or not.....One would almost have to say it is a common planting here in Los Angeles. Still, it is a most unusual flower and the colors are stunning! But you do see it everywhere, as it is used in many many home gardens as well as in the landscaping around many small and big buildings.......






Hope you enjoyed these neighborhood flowers......








More To Come.......



NOTE: Sorry I have not been visiting you all as much as usual....Much "goings-on"-going on here.....been quite busy with 'life' things.....And will be busy like that the rest of this week, but I will try to get around to say "HI" to everyone, as soon as I can....Thanks for understanding.....




And A Very Happy St. Patrick's Day To One And All!












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31 Comments:
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Happy St Patrick's Day to you too Naomi.

It is always a wonder to me how the wind and birds etc. scatter seeds and they just take root and grow .. God is the greatest artist!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 6:11:00 AM PDT 

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Wow, very exotic looking flowers. The first one is my favorite. I wouldn't know what any of these flowers were if I saw them while walking around.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 6:15:00 AM PDT 

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I hope you will be in the pink again soon, Naomi. I am sorry to say that I don't know what those flowers are - except for the birds of paradise. I will try to see if I can find them in my flower encyclopedia.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7:17:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy St. Patrick's Day Naomi and also thank you for sharing all the flowers, very very nice.

Hope the gathering with your friends turned out well :D

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

N

I send to you this little Irish Belssing ...
May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

Beannachtam na Femle Padraig
"Happy St. Patrick's Day!"
Maeve

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 8:12:00 AM PDT 

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Breathtaking, as always, and so refresing for an East Coaster! My one visit to CA left me jealous of your beautiful landscapes. I love it when you share these.

Hope everything is okay, and I look forward to "seeing" you soon.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 8:28:00 AM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Don't worry about not visiting - as long as you are well - no problem.
That is a glorious yellow and has a lily like look.
Thank goodness for Judy - the blue looks a bit like a lupin crossed with a thistle and the pink grows wild here - near the sea but of course I can't remember the name.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 8:50:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too! I love how exotic and unusual your flowers are. I imagine you must have loads of butterflies!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 11:28:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What beautiful flowers...and growing on the hill like that; I'm amazed!

I love the bright and beautiful things that grow in your neighborhood!

Don't worry about not visiting. When you're too busy to pop into my blog, I'll just pop into yours. ;)

Happy St. Patty's Day, Naomi!! I hope you didn't forget to wear your green undies today!! :)~

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 1:13:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Gorgeously exotic/erotic. They do DO something to me!

The ferry from Hull to Logan airport was decorated for St. Patrick's Day. I only felt a little silly taking pictures. Blogger on board!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 5:41:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Such gorgeous flowers! It's still waaaaaaaaay too cold for them here yet.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 6:21:00 PM PDT 

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Those flowers cost an arm and a leg in Seattle. Yes, a miracle. (Hey, we can't visit all the time---how would be able to stop and smell the flowers!?)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7:11:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, if I ever come to California, I would love to see you garden in person....It is just beautiful.

Hope you are feeling better soon...Come by when you get a chance.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 8:28:00 PM PDT 

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It's been far too long since I've stopped by. Apologies. I've started a job. So much to learn, and I feel life is struggling to find its new balance.
Loved the photos of your neighborhood, and of the plants. This Teddy Bear is cute too!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 10:01:00 PM PDT 

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Lovely flowers, they brought a smile to my face Naomi. Hope all is well.
-Rick

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 10:07:00 PM PDT 

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That last flower was like what we saw at the Bio Dome in Milwaukee Wi when we went.. They look like little birds in the tree's and so bightly colored. Amazing and so beautiful.. Thanks for sharing these and get around to us when you have the time. Life is always busy here to so i visit when I can.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 2:58:00 AM PDT 

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The blue flowers look like borage and the pink ones look like valerian.... but that doesn't mean that they ARE borage and valerian! And those are English names, they are probably called something quite different in USA anyway.
Lovely pictures as usual. So nice to see flowers.... we have melting snow but no flowers yet.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 5:45:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What a beautiful neighbourhood you live in! These flowers are all lovely but I like the shape of that second plant best and the colour of it's leaves even without it's pretty blue flowers :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 6:21:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I hope the 'life' things get sorted out soon for you. I know how trying some of these things can be. Know thta we will all be here when you return to blogging. meanwhile I send you big hugs, even if they are not needed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 6:22:00 AM PDT 

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What gorgeous flowers. I am hoping to get to Tucson soon (something keeps getting in the way) and one of the reasons is flowers which we have not yet had much of up here-- although our season is coming. Just the hills get them last

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 9:00:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Lovely photos and a belated "Happy St. Patrick's Day" to you, dear. I trust you're well and look forward to your visits.

Cheers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 1:17:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi, Happy St Patrick's Day to you too!
I loved the photos of your neighborhood and those plants are gorgeous. I guess that the yellow flower is Allamanda, so beautiful but also so toxic. In this site you can see it. Allamanda.
I don't have this flower in my garden because it is toxic to kids and dogs.

Have a nice week!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 1:40:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Those little purple flowers are amazing! Very cool.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 4:58:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Those flowers are so pretty. They look like Lupine maybe, but I'm not sure. Sure have beautiful flowers and leaves too. That would be a pretty picture to paint!

Always love your flower pictures!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 7:49:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hope that you are okay, Naomi. I wondered... Healing thoughts and prayers sent your way :)
((HUGS))

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 8:00:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous jane
had this to say:

The top flower is so beautiful, extraordinary! It kind of gets lost amongst the other plants, but I love that about you. You zoom into every single creation in your garden & bring it to life for us.
I hope your doing well, Naomi. Take it easy & hug Sweetie for me.
:)

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 12:16:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

it's so nice to see color! Things are beginning to green up here in NE Ohio and some Spring flowers are up.
Thanks for another warming post .
xo

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 6:27:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

i have 3 of them birds of paradise in my front yard here in florida they get so big. we have cut them all the way down but they keep coming back. when we bought this house they were hugh. i love this time of year spring all the flowers coming to life so cool.

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 6:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh gorgeous - that first photo knocks my eyes out and fills my spirit. Hugs

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 8:17:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

The purpley blue spikey plant is a bush lupine. They are wonderful if you have the space. The pink stalk- that is red valerian. Some of the birds have spread it through the neighborhood- and no one seems to mind one bit. NoSunny So Cal hillside should be without it!

Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 1:58:00 PM PDT 

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I forwarded a copy of one photo to Nan Sterman- She wrote the California Garden Guide: Vol II and frequently contributes to the LA Times. She believes the big yellow flower is one of her favorites, Solandra maxima, aka the cup of gold vine. It is a woody vine like plant found growing in old neighborhoods.It isn't very cold cold hardy but when it is happy it is absolutely fabulous- with time, this slower can grow to 20 feet long or more.
She also reminded be what I called "bush lupine" is going to be more readily identified as "Pride of Madeira".

Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM PDT 

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