May Challenge: Wildflowers… Entry #9 Lady Slipper Orchid

Somehow I just knew I could count on Tess sending more than one photo!

“Sorry that I’m sending four pictures AGAIN. I just wanted to let you see how this wildflower looks. This flower is a Lady Slipper Orchid. I got the chance to see this flower which is extremely rare and grows in the forest of eastern Philippines. It got it’s name due to it’s slipper shape. There are different kinds of wild orchids in the Philippines but this is the only one that I have seen for the first time.

The owner got this five years ago when they went for an excursion inside of the cave near the area where this was found. She said that this orchid only flowers once a year and the flower will last for almost one month and a half. These pictures look dark for I took this at eight in the evening and there was no light in the area where it is planted and I used my flash.”

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May Challenge: Wildflowers… Entry #5 Red Yucca

Looks like Robin W. (you know, the other Robin) is becoming passionate about her wildflower find… and rightfully so! It is drought tolerant and attracts hummers!! I think it’s about time for a planting party!

“Red Yucca is neither red nor yucca. It’s a pinkish bloomed agave. It’s native to Texas in the Edwards Plateau area through the Chihuahuan desert and does well here. I may add some along the south side of the house as the greatly disliked yaupon holly bushes die.”

Red Yucca  Neither Red nor Yucca (Photo by Robin W.)

Red Yucca
Neither Red nor Yucca
(Photo by Robin W.)

May Challenge: Wildflowers… Entry #3 Wildflower Collage

I was thrilled to get Debbie’s entry for this challenge and she made a lovely collage of wildflowers and included her dog. What a great idea!

“Sienna, our dachshund and I went out to snap pictures of wildflowers after our walk in the park this morning. I found the Indian Blanket, and I’m not sure what the white flower is. I used the links that Donna and Fay had provided but never could make up my mind what it was. The pictures of the bluebonnets were from last year and just had to include one of our precious Sienna.”

The unknown flower she is referring to is Queen Anne’s Lace. Though it looks delicate, it is tough as are most of the wildflowers that grow in Texas. I love to see a field of these blowing in the wind.

Wildflower Collage (Photo by Debbie)

Wildflower Collage
(Photo by Debbie)