26 November 2011

Ochna Serrulata

. . . aka (also known as) the Mickey Mouse plant!
It belongs to our neighbor
but I owned it ever since we met ;-)
and I greet her every single day!
And, in return, this sunny plant
would greet me with sunny flowers
every sunny morning!
And not just sunny yellow
but even some red flowers . .
As if its yellow ones are not enough!
This plant remind me of our eldest sister Luchie
whose 66th birthday we are celebrating today!

An Update: Francisca jokingly inquired why this flower reminds me of Luchie. First, although she is my sister and she considers me more than a younger sis and the baby in the family ('bunso") I really do not "own" her and vice versa. We tend to be possessive of those we love (people, pets, plants, etc.) but we are all independent, yet there for each other. Luchie has sunny yellow disposition, fiery red determination and energy, and like the MickeyMouse plant thrives well and is always a delight! Luchie loves the 'Mickey' song too! Ha!

Thank you to the TodaysFlowers team
Luiz Santilli, Sandy Carlson, Laerte Pupo
and my friend Denise Gullickson
for making me a Guest at TF this weekend!

And for Maia of:
Macro Flowers Saturday badge 1

And for Beverly of:
My sister Luchie is like my second Mom
not just to me but for all my other siblings.
(Yes she looks like the late Cory Aquino)
When my parents died in the 90s
she just assumed the role as head of our family
where she heads, not an empire,
but a family of moody younger siblings,
equally moody pets and plants,
and a household that comes and goes!
Luchie learned to toss out petty hurts
humor herself when things get rough
and, like my parents, have assured herself
that all will be well with her world.
And it is!

So my Luchie dearest,
To all our ups and downs and round and whatever
I truly appreciate who you are in my life
and I pray to God that your life
will be blessed with more laughter
good health and patience
for all your moody subjects ;-)
Needless to say,
we all love you
and not just today . . .

Have a happy, hippy bday!


Tina´s PicStory said...

great macro shots! thanks for stopping by :)

Joyful said...

Lovely photos and homage to your sister.

maiaT said...

Happy Birthday to your sister!
This post is a lovely present for her and the flowers are very pretty too.

bettyl said...

Lovely flowers! And happy birthday to your sister!

CameraCruise said...

What a beautiful flower!
Great shots!
Happy Birthday to your sister.
Have a great weekend.

Cindy said...

What a lovely tribute to your sister! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

chubskulit said...

Just gorgeous!

Pink Accessories, have a fun Saturday!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Jenn said...

Stopping in by way of Pink Saturday. That is some plant. Beautiful flowers. And, Happy Birthday to Luchie.

lisa said...

What an unusual flower Lui, and your photographs of it are wonderful!


Jama said...

Gorgeous flowers and happy birthday to your sis!

Bernie said...

That is a wonderful plant. I love the bright cheery yellow flowers on it. What a lovely tribute to your sister too! Thanks fo much for stopping by and visiting my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed a look at some of the blooms in my garden right now, and the Gazania is one of my favourites.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Happy birthday to your sister!
I think we have these plants in our yard, growing as a weed, so hard to get rid of. The flower is however rather beautiful.

Photo Cache said...

beautifully delicate flowers.

she is a doppelganger of late pres cory.


Francisca said...

Happy birthday to Luchie! What a lovely tribute to your sister... BUT... why does the Mickey Mouse flower make you think of her? She doesn't LOOK like Mickey Mouse... LOL! I shared the same flower a few weeks ago, it's so interesting.

[I'm not in Nepal now; I'm home in Manila. But yes, it's an awesome place to visit. I was there last year and hope to go back again.]

Carver said...

The flowers are very beautiful and I hope you sister has a happy birthday.

Míriam Luiza said...

Que linda história!Que Deus continue abençoando ricamente sua irmã! Lindas fotos!

Modern Mom said...

Happy Birthday to your sister. The flowers are lovely.

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Shoshana said...

I love the flowers...it's beautiful.
Happy birthday to your sister, too.

My post here

Sara Chapman said...

Happy Birthday to spare moms everywhere, and Luchie also. We all need a bit more mothering in our lives.

Lui, what lovely photos on Today's Flowers (congrats!) and as always, on your blog as well. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne said...

This a lovely post and I love the story about your sister. I adore my sisters so much. The flowers are so perfect in your photos. Happy Birthday to your sister.
Hugs, Jeanne

Cheri said...

Happy Birthday Luchie! Such a lovely post for her.

Thank you for coming by and for caring about our Yoko. She is doing much better!

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Denise said...

A lovely post this tribute to your sister my friend. So happy you also were able to celebrate this special day with the flowers on the Today's Flowers homepage. Happy Birthday to Luchie, a very special lady. Sorry I am one day late but I got back home very late last night after spending our Thanksgiving with our family, and did not turn on my computer until this morning.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Lui

Thanks for sharing!
Wonderful post!


Viola said...

A little too late happy birthday to your sister! :) How great it must be to have an older sister like her! :)

And such beautiful flowers, so far from snow you can get! :))

Patrice said...

I've never seen that flower before - great shots!

Andrea said...

These are beautiful photos of the Micky Mouse flowers, and a lovely tribute to your older sister. I am the oldest too, maybe I am like Luchie. haha.

Lina Gustina said...

Belated happy birthday to your sister.
Very unique flowers!
My late visit here :)