Today the letter Y is for the question: do you see the two whitemorning glories? What things do you see when you look out the window? Do you see morning glories? This morning I spotted these two amazing white morning glories swaying in the wind, so I captured this moment in time.
In the video below you can actually see the petals of the white morning glories swaying in the wind. Southern California has many gusty days such as this one, and the morning glories handled the blustery weather quite well.
Today the letter M is for méiguī huā, which is the Chinese word for rose. I spotted some roses on a bike ride the other day, and I wondered if there was word for rose in another language that started with M. Google told me that the Romanticized Chinese spelling of rose is méiguī huā, and in Chinese characters it is 玫瑰花.
Below is a video I made of a bee that was navigating his way around the roses.
If you visit my blog often enough you will see that I frequently post pictures of flowers. Thus, today for the letter F I decided to share a few pictures of the floral beauty that I see during my daily adventures.
Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, which bloom in late February and early March here in Southern California.
In this video you can see Annie the cat frolicking among the spring flowers back in 2011.
Another one of my favorite flowers is the simple holly hock, and I planted one in my container garden last summer. Each morning new blooms opening on this plant.
Long, long ago, I may have bought a hyacinth plant. I don’t remember, but I know they have bulbs. And I know what they look like, because I have seen the pictures. Yet this year a hyacinth bloomed in my front yard, and it was not true to type. It had only a few blossoms here and there, and there was not the canonical pattern of a tall tower of tiny flowers bursting from a single stem. That’s why I had trouble recognizing it, at first.
Its lonely, sparse blossoms opened, and inside there was pollen. But who was the pollen for? Don’t hyacinths propagate through bulbs? And why were there no insects who wanted to come and partake of the feast? Could the wind be helping to spread whatever needs spreading? See how the pollen seems to scatter out of the bloom!
Propagating through bulbs is asexual, like cloning. But if pollen in turn leads to seed, then the new plant, once mature, won’t necessarily grow true to type. This hyacinth, I think, is not the one I bought. It is a love child of my former store-bought plant – related, but different. I like that thought.