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What are your favorite kinds of flowers?
— from Five on Friday.

I generally don't like flowers. Usual bouquet flowers are nice to look at, but not my cuppa. I like interesting flowers. =)

  • Strelitzia Reginae (Bird of Paradise flower). I saw these in Capetown, South Africa, when we went to Vivian and Stephen's wedding and met the M's for the first time =)

  • Antirrhinum Majus (Snapdragons). It's cool that you can squeeze and let go of the body of the flower to make the petals open and close like the jaw of a dragon.

    But what's even cooler than the snapdragons themselves, is their SEED PODS. =) They look like little skulls of the tortured souls of Jonathan Swift's Lilliputians who had dealt nothing but evil through ignorance in their corporeal lives. Creepy and nifty at the same time. =D

  • Not "flowers" per se, but I like Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Flytrap) and Mimosa Pudica (Sensitive Plant). Because it says that plants do have a nervous system of some sort. They are living organisms, capable of movement and reaction just like animals.

  • Other than that, probably the most "normal" flower I like is the Rhododendron (Azaleas). I love all types and all colours.


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May. 27th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Now I'll be up until 4am, balled up in the fetal position and shivering for fear that the Snapdragon Seedpods are RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR(!!!).

Some of the strangest and most interesting flowers I've seen recently were at an orchid show down in London put on by the Royal Horticultural Society. They had the standard show orchids on display, which were certainly pretty to look at but nothing unexpected. But they also had these strange rare wild variations that were not quite like anything I'd seen before - they had evolved in very specific ways in order to collect rain and get to the sun, and some of the results were fascinating.
May. 27th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Yipes.
... and they are wretchedly wailing "Mankind WAS my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business! AAAAOOOOOUUUOOOOO!!!" ... Oh wait, that's a different book... XD XD

Re: orchids

That must have been fascinating! Is "orchid" only an umbrella name for a certain type of flower? There seems to be so many different types that look nothing like the others.
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May. 28th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
It's odd. I grew up walking to school every day. I used to always walk by a house on a corner lot that had a TON of snapdragons. I'm pretty positive that I've seen the seed pods before but I guess I've never seen them upside down so I'd never realized how much they resembled sad little skulls =D
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May. 29th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Hee, aaaw, and they'll turn into scary little skulls later in the year =)
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May. 29th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ooo, very pretty... ha, "lion's mouth" =)
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