Thursday, July 20, 2006

Kyoto botanical garden

Some more pics from the kyoto botanical gardens. First , hydrangeas from the hydrangea park and then the mandatory residents of a conservatory.
This particular hydrangea , if I am not mistaken , is also called popcorn hydrangea because of the apperance of the bunch. The small blooms look really pretty.
No blooms on this baby yet. just the buds , but a fly definitely finds them attractive.
Some more of those pretty buds.
I liked the serrated edge of the petals on these flowers. They present quite a contrast from the smooth blooms normally observed.
These blushing pink blooms have more petals than the normal 5 observed on each flower. They also have multiple layers, again something different from what is normally observed.
View of the conservatory- I am afraid its only a partial one. The entire structure could not fit into the frame and this was the best one of the lot I took.
A macro shot that could have been better.
A smaller cousin of this particular plant was a resident in my friend's place. It gave me the heebie jeebies when I visited and it did scare me a bit even when I was in the conservatory. It looks like its itching to get its fingers on any passer by. Needless to say, I did not linger long.
A conservatory without a pitcher plant. No can happen.
These bamboo plants or maybe bamboo cousins have something nifty going on , on their stems.
Have a look
And thats a pretty head
Hanging from this palm
Hibiscus may be . Loved its petals. By this point, my camera had fogged up because of first the rain and then the moisture in the conservatory. I had to take of the lens and wipe it properly and I did not dare to even touch the mirror.
And here's the surprise of the day. A chocolate tree. That's theobroma cacao or the food of the gods. I attest to that fact. Chocolate sure is divine.
A flower in the cactus section . A small head on a really thin long stalk. Pretty in red.
An orchid maybe
An orchid definitely
And another one
And another one
More orchids, but these were outside the conservatory and in a small section by themselves. I must say I wasn't much impressed by the selection here. I definitely expected more.
I have a lighter cousin of this one at home. Unfortunately I can't get it to rebloom. any tips
And at the end, a rafflesia bloom in a glass case. This baby is huge and is reputed to be pollinated by elephants. Thats just a myth though. It smells of rotten meat and elephants being vegetarian won't venture anywhere near it. This flower is pollinated by flies.


Apy said...

Inne saare phool patte.... hai rabba!!!...

Anonymous said...


love these strange lookin plants. Pitcher plant looks very cool. Recently saw an indonesian flower which looks like a parrot, literaally. Very nice stuff this nature lady comes up with.

btw u can shoot the entire conservatory if u've got a tripod or steady hands...