RoundUp for P

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We are down to the 16th letter in the Alphabet! Its wonderful to have a huge bouquet of flowers for this round of the flowerfestival. We have two paintings and numerous photographs of a variety of flowers. Here they are!

Plumeria from Bee



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Bee sends in her first entry for the Flower Fest with plumeria which she says is fragrant and gorgeous. This picture taken at the Singapore Botanical Garden.

Primula from Mythreyee



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Primula is a genus of 400-500 species of low-growing herbs in the family Primulaceae. They include primrose, auricula, cowslip and oxslip. Many species are grown for their ornamental flowers. They are native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, south into high altitude tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea, and are also found in temperate southern South America.

Perennial primulas bloom mostly during the spring; their flowers can be purple, yellow, red, pink, or white. Generally, they prefer filtered sunlight. Many species are adapted to high alpine climates.

Both the common name and scientific name refer to it being the first (prime) "rose" to open in spring. Primroses are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Silver-ground Carpet.

Some species of Primula are commonly known as polyanthus. (Source: Wikipedia)

Pansy from Priya



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Pansies withstand all seasons even the harshest of winters in the Southern part of US. They bloom in a lot of colors - red, yellow, lavender, blue, violet, yellow, pink, white etc.
They are named after the French word pensee which means thought. And that is because they look like they are in deep thought. (Source: Wikipedia, Pansies are edible and used in salads. Some breeds have a delicate fragrance too.



Poppy from Sree



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Poppy or Papaversomniferum, known for the notorious Opium is found is a variety of colors, red and white being the most common. Seeds also called KhusKhus are used in cooking.

Polyanthus and Periwinkle from Mythili



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The Polyanthus is a member of the primula family and flower from early winter to late spring. They come in so many colors and combinations.



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Vinca Major or the Periwinkle, cute little bundle of joy in violet is a very common flowering shrub.

Phlox from Shilpa



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Phlox subulata is a low growing plant with tiny needle like leaves that stay green throughout the year. In spring, during the bloom period, the flowers take over and form a spectacular colorful carpet. It spreads wild if allowed space, thus earning the name creeping phlox. The plant comes in a few different colors and when planted next to each other it makes an attractive sight. They are native to the eastern United States.

PurpleWreath and Plumeria from Anita



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The beautiful Purple Wreath is amongst the first spring blooms in Delhi. The twisting bark of this deciduous creeper has an interesting texture. The leaves are very rough and sandpaper-like. In Delhi it blooms between March and April. The whole creeper gets covered with lilac-purple bunches of flowers. The blue-purple flowers fall off as the sun rises, but the lilac bracts give a burst of lasting colour.



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The second entry is the Plumeria or Frangipani which is commonly called the temple tree.


Plumeria from Pooja



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Plumerias are so commonly seen at Kauai that they might be considered as the Stateflower!


PowderPuff and Plumeria from Prashanth



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The first entry by Prashanth is the cute PowderPuff, aptly named so!



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And again, what seems to be the favourite in this round of the FlowerFest is
"Plumeria acutifolia" from the "Apocynaceae" family. aka Temple tree.

Pansy , Poinsettia and Petunia from Sigma



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Grown in pots, troughs, or as mass plantings, pansies have never gone out of fashion. These lightly scented flowers are available in a huge range of colors. The dark centers in some flowers are thought to resemble little faces. They grow only six to ten inches high and can spread up to ten to twelve inches across. They grow well in sun or semi-shade, and can tolerate cool weather.





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The poinsettia's species name pulcherrima means "most beautiful"! Euphorbia pulcherrima is named after Dr. J.R. Poinsett, and was introduced to gardeners in the early 19th century. The species is a tall, rangy shrub that grows to a height of 10 ft. It has large, dark green, oval leaves that are "toothed" on the sides and pointed at the tips. They emerge from smooth green erect stems. Flowers are borne at the stem tips in winter. The actual flowers are quite small (they are the yellow structures at the center of the brilliantly colored "bracts") The bracts are actually modified leaves - in the species there usually are 8 to 10 bracts that are 4-7 in long.



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Petunias are one of the best summer flowering annuals for massed display. They are available in every color except orange. Bloom throughout the summer and into autumn if faded flowers are removed regularly. Plants quickly grow to a height of 10-16 inches. The basic petunia flower is funnel shape, but hybridizers have created many variations including singles and doubles with petals that have wavy or fringed margins. Many patterns are available in stripes, speckles and borders in an extensive color palette that includes purple, mauve, lavender, pink, red, white and yellow. Leaves and stems are sticky to the touch and have a distinctive odor.


Prairie Coneflower from Manisha



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Also known as the Mexican Hat, the prairie coneflower is a wildflower found almost all over the US. It is a perennial, native to the US, that grows to about 3 feet in height. It is often cultivated along the roadsides as it is drought tolerant and easy to grow. So it wasn't a surprise when I found it on one of my walks last fall. It blooms in summer and lingering blooms can be found through early fall in the foothills. The Great Plains Indians brewed a tea from the leaves and flowers of this plant. They used a decoction of leaves and stems to treat poison ivy and rattlesnake bites and took an infusion of the plant tops to treat headaches and stomach aches.



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9 comments:

Mythreyee

wow! so many entries for P. All are beautiful. Hey, did you get my entry. I emailed you yesterday.

Anita

That Powder Puff is so striking - beautiful depth of field! The light!

Sigma

Wow! Nice collection.
I specially admired Priya's watercolor rendition of Pamsy. It is so beautiful!! It caught my attention because I dabble in watercolors too, but I cant ever hope to do something like this!!

Mythreyee

Thanks a lot for adding my entry. All the entries are really superb and I think the number of entries for P is the highest of all till now. Great Presentation.

Nature and Me

Thanks everyone for participaring in the "P" round. Sigma - thanks for your comment and hope you to see you picking up your brushes soon.

bee

sree. my entry seems have been lost in the mail. can i send it again?

Manisha

Bee, I added your entry.

Sigma, Priya and Sree got me to pick up the brushes a couple of times. You should do it too! And I agree that Priya's pansy is gorgeous.

The picture of the powder puff totally pops right off the page!

Looks like plumeria was the hot favorite this time! Beautiful entries for P! Now start thinking about Q. I will have the post announcing Q very soon.

Nature and Me

Bee's Plumeria is simply beautiful. Also love Mythili's Polyanthus. Prahsanth's Powder Puff is glowing in the light. My first choice for P was Prairie cone flower, but I had never seen them before. I am glad Manisha is sharing these dazzling yellow beauties.

Manisha

Priya, I actually had Prairie coneflower down for R - Ratibida columnifera. But I was not particularly enthused by my pictures of petunia (sole one that flowered last fall!) and my pictures of peonies were hard to access because of all the hardware problems I have been having. So... I used the common name instead.

I took those pictures in late September when hardly anything flowers in the semi-arid foothills. I'm hoping to find them in bloom in summer again!

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