25 July 2010

Today's Flowers: Birds-of-Paradise




This July, I saw our Birds-of-Paradise sprout her mysterious young bloom. It took only two days for this shy flower to open up and reveal her paradise of enchanting petals of yellow and red! We have two versions of the Birds-of-Paradise plant in our small garden. One has flowers that cascade downward and this one, rising upwards and opening wide. They used to bloom non-stop in our house Heaven. Yet, somehow, the extreme heat and sudden rains must have taken toll on this plant and for some months, I sort of missed her flowers until this month. And just to show how sturdy this plant can be, just look at its faded and brown flower of months past still standing tall and proud beside the new flower! Like a work of art that was frozen into a sculptural piece! A marvel of beauty and timeless grace. Much like some of the people I know . . .


May your withered petals
sing your undying songs

in my hardened ears and heart.
May your whispers continue to caress

my numb mind and clueless soul.
until I can feel and sense
eternity again . . .
And may you fly like a bird
in your own paradise . . .

More timeless flowers at TodaysFlowers.

11 comments:

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful to see these plants and flowers. I also enjoyed the blessing at the end. Thank you.

Carver said...

Beautiful and exotic flower. I love the poem too.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful flowers and poem combined!

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Maboe / M and D, Norway said...

Beautiful flowers, I like your blog!

guild-rez said...

Great flowers, very excotic and beautiful!!
Lovely pictures!!

Chuchie | Chie Wilks said...

that's a really great looking flowers..would love to have some of those in my garden..

mine is here

Lui said...

Chuchie, if you live in Manila, I can send you cuttings of this plant for your garden!

nonizamboni said...

Aptly named plant and your photos are lovely. But best of all, your words at the end were a gift for my soul.

Dave said...

lovely poem and photos, thanks for dropping by my page.

EG Wow said...

Exotic! I like that you have shown various stages of the plant.

Muhammad khabbab said...

wow what a flower.