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Way, Way, O/T Flower pic

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by wayneo, Feb 19, 2010.

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  1. wayneo

    wayneo Active Member

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    My wife has this plant thats about six foot tall and weighs about 100 pounds.
    Every summer I take this thing outside, and bring it in every fall. A total PITA. So I was walking by it the other morning in the dark, and something looked different. I turned on the light, and this thing has got a flower starting to bloom on it! After eight years! She made me take pictures of it. You guys and gals get to see it now. Its called a Bird of Paradise plant. Wayne


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  2. Remstar311

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    Wow. Very nice.
     
  3. Quack Shot

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    It could be worse. There are some that smell like a corpse when they bloom.

    It's a neat flower anyway, even though you only get to see it once every eight years.
     
  4. recurvyarcher

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    Some things are worth the patience and care.
     
  5. LDAdd

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    Hey Wayneo,

    You just made about a whole years worth of points with her...something like that works everytime. I've just about become crippled moving very heavy plants around like that around the yard and it really pays off...like..."Hi honey, I hope you shot good at the club today" instead of !@#$%^&..you know the story.

    Larry
     
  6. wayneo

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    Slow but sure, every day a little more opens up. Wayne


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  7. crusha

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    Very neat.
     
  8. Steve W

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    Beautiful. They're very popular in S. CA. We have two of those in the back yard, they're 20 ft. tall.
     
  9. wayneo

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    UPDATE: It's still opening up. And it's snowing again. Wayne


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    Beautiful. Worth the wait.

    EE
     
  11. radeck

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    I had to try to yank one of those "it's taller than my parent's So Cal house" jobbies out of their back yard in the 70's. That was a pain. Taught me I'm not cut out to be a gardener.

    My dad may have finally poured some leaded gasoline (remember that) on top of the root system to kill it. It was very fibrous, and as I recall it was damaging the cinderblock wall.

    Thanks for the bad memory. LOL. And yes it bloomed all the time with multiple flowers which - of course I didn’t appreciate their beauty back then.

    Yours is very nice to admire (from a far…)
     
  12. wayneo

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    Almost open a week, now it has 3 of those purple things. Wayne


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  13. stokinpls

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    My wife and I enjoyed the pics. Enclosed is a song to go with your flower. Thanks for the post.

    As they say, maybe something was lost in the translation. ;-)
     
  14. wayneo

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    Open for two weeks, it now has 4 purple things. Wayne


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    Is it done blooming now?
     
  16. wayneo

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    Rickn, yep its done blooming. Starting to fade, one last pic. From what I read on the internet, it should start blooming every year now. Thanks for the interest. Wayne


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    Now you see where it gets its name
     
  18. omgb

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    It's called a Bird of Paradise plant. They are all over Hawaii and SoCal. i have several around the yard. You're doing well to raise it in a snow climate. They are very frost sensitive.
     
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