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The Spectacular Bird of Paradisefrom: Lawn and Garden Magic
Of all the flowers on earth the Bird of Paradise are truly spectacular. Yes, any flower is fantastic, but there is something very special about the unique beauty of Bird of Paradise flowers.
Since they're native to South Africa they're a large tropical herb classified as a member of the banana family -- or Musaceae, likely due to the shape of its leaves, which, of course, looks much like banana leaves. They're also ranked in the division of Magnoliophyta, class Liliopsida and order Zingeberales. As you might have guessed, they're named Bird of Paradise because of spectacular blossoms that look a lot like birds when watched from a distance. Bird of Paradise flowers retain the scientific name of Strelitzia reginae.
Bird of Paradise are almost breath-taking with blossoms of long stemmed flowers shoot out from green boat-shaped bracts bordered with purple or red. Actually, you'll discover many sets of flowers in foliage, which gather on the end of a stalk. An amazing combination of distinctive shapes and colors that perfectly suit their name, the many pointed petals of radiant orange contrast nicely with its arrow-shaped tongue of striking blue. You'll also find species of Bird of Paradise flowers with white and blue shades. Winter and spring are the normal times when they begin to blossom in succession.
Enjoying your own Bird of Paradise flowers from seed requires from five to seven years, which seems like a long time, however, it's well worth the wait once you begin to see the plant start to bloom. So, if you're not discouraged by the waid and still want to have your own Bird of Paradise flowers, then you should get to know how to care for them. Here's a few quick tips.
1) Since they're a tropical plant, Bird of Paradise should get lots of sunlight, however it will need protection if the temperature falls below 30 degrees.
2) Fertilize with appropriate fertilizer, but never over-fertilize. So be careful to follow the directions you receive with your fertilize because too much of anything won't do any good, whether you're dealing with people, animals or plants.
Bird of Paradise will respond quite well to trimming, however, don't over-water these flowers and make sure the roots are able to dry out between waterings.
Ex Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers charged with drug possession
Former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers was charged on Wednesday with possessing illegal drugs, with the former Methodist minister to appear before magistrates next month, police said. West Yorkshire police said Flowers, 63, of Bradford in northern England, was charged with three offences of possessing drugs and was bailed to appear in court on May 7. "I have concluded that there is sufficient ...Read more...
Ex-Co-Op Bank Chairman Flowers Charged With Cocaine Possession
Paul Flowers, the former chairman of Co-Operative Bank Plc, was charged with possession of cocaine, crystal meth and ketamine, U.K. prosecutors said.Read more...
Gardens: yellow flowers for autumn
Inject some sunshine into autumn by dotting yellow flowers through your borders Autumn's a bit like a hangover: exhausted after the exuberance of summer, the garden enters its phase of rest looking bedraggled. Leaves brown and drop, things begin to rot and spiders coat everything with webs. To cheer the scene, nothing complements autumn's copper tones better than a blaze of yellow flowers ...Read more...
Former Co-op Bank boss Flowers charged with drug possession
The former chairman of Britain's embattled Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers, was charged on Wednesday with drugs possession offences. Flowers stepped down as Co-op Bank chairman in June last year after reported claims of illegal drug use and concerns about his expenses. Flowers was charged with two offences of possession of Class A drugs -- considered the most harmful category -- namely cocaine ...Read more...
Former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers charged with drugs offences
Flowers was suspended by Methodist church and Labour party last year following claims that he bought and used illegal drugs The former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers has been charged with two counts of possession of a class A drug and one count of possession of a class C drug, West Yorkshire police said on Wednesday. Flowers, 63, has been bailed to appear before Leeds magistrates on 7 May ...Read more...
Drug Charges For Former Co-op Boss Flowers
Former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers has been charged with two counts of possession of a class A drug and one of a class C drug. The former Methodist minister was arrested in Liverpool by West Yorkshire Police officers last year. A police spokesman said: "Paul Flowers, 63, of Hollingwood Drive, Bradford, has been charged with two offences of possession of a class A drug and one offence of ...Read more...