Miscellaneous photos of flowers and plants taken Saturday

These flowers are in a flower bed along Main Street downtown Milwaukie.

 

 

 

This grass is about 4 feet tall, divides a restaurant’s parking lot from Hwy 99 S.

 

Kind of a wild overgrown garden along the parking lot at The Portland Waldorf School downtown Milwaukie.

 

 

Along the edge of the the parking lot separating the lot from the street.

 

 

I have no idea what these bushes are but they run the length of the parking lot intermingled with the above flower bushes and a couple of other varieties.

 

 

 

I think that this grass is really pretty.

 

 

A couple of Tara’s potted plants

 

 

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Around the neighborhood

I really like the look of these shrubs along the side yard of this bungalow. This house recently sold and very quickly considering the economy in Oregon is 2nd worst in the nation.

 

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The front yard looks messy in this photo but it really is very beautiful. The former owners were related to the man down the street who has a commercial landscaping business. My daughter is thinking they might like to do something like this if they cut down the large fir tree in the front of their house.

 

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These are two different yards in the neighborhood both using sunflowers along a fence kind of like a privacy wall.

 

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What the heck are these interesting bushes?

I drive by these bushes twice a day going to and from work and several times on the weekend. Finally Sunday I had my camera in the car and stopped to take some photos.

I did not get out of my car to take close ups because there were people out in the yard next door.

A friend and I thought that the next cool internet search function should be a way to insert a photo into a search field with the results of the search telling you what the photo is of. That could work for something like flowers and plants. Couldn’t it?

Kauai July 2009 – The flora and fauna of the island, part 2

Some more photos of plants and flowers seen on the island.

Flamboyant trees also known as Royal Poinciana are everwhere. The Royal Poinciana is endemic to Madagascar. The most common color seemed to be orange but I did see a few red and yellow trees.

 

Seen in Kalaheo. Not pruned as an ornamental tree

Seen in Kalaheo. Not pruned as an ornamental tree

 

 

In a front yard in Koloa

In a front yard in Koloa

 

 

Ornamental tree in yard in Aninni

Ornamental tree in yard in Aninni

Coffee in Kalaheo

Coffee in Kalaheo

Palm at Kilauea Lighthouse

Palm at Kilauea Lighthouse

 

Opaeeka Falls

Opaeeka Falls

 

 

Anthirium in a flower arrangement at Joes on the Green restaraunt

Anthirium in a flower arrangement at Joe's on the Green restaraunt

 

 

 

On the side of the road heading to Kalihiwai Bay

On the side of the road heading to Kalihiwai Bay

Kauai July 2009 – The flora and fauna of the island, part 1

TravelWise says “National Geographic has dubbed the Hawaiian Islands one of the most biologically remarkable places in the world. Due to its isolation, it surpasses even the Galapagos Islands for the number and variety of species that evolved from a common ancestor. There are several places on Kauai that are ideal for viewing its biological bounty.”

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The hibiscus, all colors and varieties, was the official Territorial Flower, adopted in the early 1920s. At statehood in 1959, the first state legislature adopted many of Hawaii’s symbols as part of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS, state laws). It wasn’t until 1988, however, that the yellow hibiscus which is native to the islands was selected to represent Hawaii.”

There is beauty everywhere you look on Kauai. Beautiful trees, flowers and bushes, ocean and mountain views. But not all of the plants you see are indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. This website lists plants and identifies which are Endemic, Indigenous, Polynesian Introduction, Alien,or Naturalized. A great website I am sure if I only knew what the heck the name of most of the flowers and plants I took photos of were.

Here are some of the flowers and plants I took photos of on the Lawai Beach Resort condo grounds. Let me go on record here and say it is really hard to take good photos of flowers that are blowing in the wind with bright sun shining on them. I just love all of the colors.

 

 

 

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was told once by a man who worked at the botanical gardens on Kauai that there are over 1,200 varieties of palm trees

I was told once by a man who worked at the botanical gardens on Kauai that there are over 1,200 varieties of palm trees

 

 

 

 

Tara called this the feather flower but I think it looks more like a tropical fish

Tara called this the feather flower but I think it looks more like a tropical fish

 

 

 

One big leaf!

One big leaf!

 

 

 

 

More of my mother’s beautiful flowers

Tara and I went to St Helens to visit mom yesterday. Mom is doing remarkable well for someone who was in critical condition last Wednesday. You would never know that she had two surgeries other than the long line of stitches down her neck. She was sitting in a chair out in the yard this morning watering her plants. We actually had to order her to go in to the house and take a nap when Tara and I were leaving. It was HOT and she looked pooped.

 She walked Tara around to show her some of her flowers and her corn. Then I walked around the backyard and took some more photos of her fabulous flowers.

 

A couple of weeks ago when I took photos of my mother’s flowers I noticed that the majority of  them were pink, lavender or purple. Today I saw that she did have some other variety of colors.

When I asked my sister what I could buy my mother  to put in the handowoven basket that I bougth her at the Farmers Marker for her birthday she said to buy some perranials. I decided she needed some other colors in her yard.

Mom says this peonie bush is 100 years old. Well not quite. But it was in her yard in Milwaukie for many years before she transplanted it to my sister’s yard in Bend some 7 years ago. Then again transplanted it to their yard in St Helens two years ago.

 

Here are some close ups

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not truly flowers but interesting anyway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A “topsy turvy” upside down tomato plant

 

I am going to keep trying this macro thing until I hurt myself

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