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I had a strange dream the other night. I dreamed of a stately white house, with a wraparound porch, sitting on an emerald green lawn. The house was surrounded by black and white rose bushes. I knew that "Queen of the Night" tulips existed, and that blue roses had long been elusive, but I was certain that black roses didn't exist.

However, Nature has some very, very strange flowers....

Black Bat Flower
Black Bat Flower
Tacca chantrieri has black, bat-shaped flowers that can be up to 12" in diameter, and also has whiskers. The whiskers can grow up to 28" long.
Amorphophallus titanum
Amorphophallus titanum
This "titanic" flower can reach up to ten feet in height, and 3 to 4 feet in diameter. Alas, its scent is reminiscent of a rotting corpse, and it is pollinated by flies rather than bees.
Kissing lips flower
Kissing lips flower
This one speaks for itself. The Latin name is Psychotria Elata

More info here.

Do you have a favorite flower? I love pink, white, and green roses with crinkly edges. Naturally, the name escapes me at the moment. Wishing everyone a peaceful Monday!

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

    by BadKitties on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:55:09 PM PDT

  •  :o) (14+ / 0-)

    Look at those Flowers~The Village Quilters, South Africa

    Look at those Flowers~Quilt by The Village Quilters, South Africa

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:51:03 PM PDT

  •  I don't have a favorite flower (12+ / 0-)

    but I have a range of favorites from spring through autumn.

    One catalogue called Geranium Rozanne the most "garden-worthy" hardy geranium they'd met, and my experience agrees: it mounds nicely, and once it starts blooming (usually around now) it keeps going until hard frost. No dead-heading required, and pretty good with high temps -- water at least once a week or so if there's no rain.

    I love the wild violets in yards. I adore irises and daylilies. The star series of Dianthus is very nice -- a personal favorite is Neon Star. Hardy and a prolific bloomer.

    Daisies and black-eyed Susans and coneflowers and, in fall, the aster family: love 'em all.

    There's more, but I won't bore you with the laundry list of My Favorite Blooms, lol.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:26:42 PM PDT

  •  Good morning, Sunny and dry here. (11+ / 0-)

    There is a tropical storm forming in the Atlantic they have named Chantal.  They will send a hurricane hunter into the storm later today.  

    The big purple flower is also called a "corps" flower because it stinks like a dead person.  Selby Gardens in Sarasota has some. They don't bloom regularly, but when one does it is a big event here.  I went and saw one in 2005 and it is huge.  They only stay open for a day so I stood in line to see it.  The last time one bloomed there was last summer in June.

    Uniform update:  I got 2 jumpers cut out today and another scooter skirt. This was out of fabric I had from a while ago.  In fact I don't remember what I originally used it for. She is still small and it don't take much yardage for her. I will start sewing this afternoon. All total I have cut out 4 scooter skirts and 2 jumpers and I still have 2 more pieces of fabric I can use for other items.  

    The school district just gives color and general description of what is allowed.  The uniforms are sold in stores and on line.  So you have the choice of uniforms that are offered by local chain stores and on line catalogs.  The uniforms are made of 100% polyester and that is very hot to wear in this climate.  I am making my granddaughter's out gabardine and woven fabrics that have either 100% cotton or mostly cotton.  Cotton is more comfortable because it breaths.  

    The manufactures change the girls scooter skirts, skirts and jumpers a little bit in design and change some of the detailing from year to year. Ten years ago the jumpers were high wasted with gathered skirts and now they are A-line with pleated trim on the bottom of the skirt. A couple of years ago the jumpers had a ruffle on the bottom.  Some of the elementary schools in this district has had uniforms as a dress code for the last 10 years and last year it became district wide.  To help with the families that can't afford to comply with the uniform dress code many of the schools collect used uniforms to hand out to those families for free. Families also hand down the uniforms to younger members or to friends.  The Goodwills and second hand shops also have them. So there is quite a variety of styles in the schools from previous years.

    The stores used to offer cotton twill items for girls but the buyers are now just stocking the stores with polyester, poorly constructed outfits.  The men's work cloths company, "Dickies," makes a little boy's pants and shorts that are cotton twill.  They are great because they hold up to hard play and have double knees.  The uniforms are only in the stores for the fall after that you have to order on line if your child needs more.  I had to make a few pairs of shorts last spring for my grand daughter because we couldn't find anything in the stores that would pass as a uniform after she went on a growth spurt.

    I am not much of a fan of school uniforms for public school but I can see where people who have the money to anticipate all their kids yearly needs at the beginning of the school year like them.  For the rest of us it presents problems trying to comply with a limited budget.


    •  How wonderful that you can sew the (7+ / 0-)

      uniforms! I can sew bedding, but not clothes. Too scared. DD goes to a public charter school and wears uniforms. The ones made by the "official" outfitter are mostly polyester, too. Ick. I was able to get some things through Land's End in cotton. The Children's Place also has basic khakis, scooters, etc.

      She hates the uniforms. But it is much easier in the morning! I had to wear uniforms, too. Really ugly grey jumpers with either white blouses or red turtlenecks. Bleah.

      Hot, sunny, and humid here. Have had nothing but bad hair days :( I can't find the patterns for the dog coats and cuffed gloves. WTH. I distinctly remember taking them out of my office in CO, but they weren't in the box with the fabric.

      I'm allergic to the pillows or something. Will have to replace them. Couldn't sleep last night :(

      I brought my grandmother's old sable coat :-) I'm going to put cuffs on a pair of leather gloves and make a fur headband for my old roommate. If I can find the pattern here or at Jo-Ann! She works for Chanel and it is very difficult to think of presents for her. I could make merkins out of that coat, too. Hee hee =) just kidding!!!

      "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

      by BadKitties on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 03:32:42 AM PDT

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    •  We had a corpse flower... (4+ / 0-)
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      My roommate and I taught at the same parochial school.  Someone gave us the roots for the flower and we kept it outside in the summer where it was safe to bloom whenever.  She'd take it to school during the year.  One year, it bloomed early, while we were on Spring break.  The crew that came in to do the floors couldn't breathe anywhere in that big building.  The janitor called us in to please remove it until it didn't stink anymore.  :-)

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:51:16 AM PDT

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  •  The stinky, phallic flower up above (11+ / 0-)

    reminded me about the purple passion plant I used to have. They are grown primarily for their fuzzy purple leaves and stems and I found out why when I let the one I had bloom. The flowers are yellow and not particularly showy, and they stink to high heaven! I wonder if they're a relative of that one mentioned above, or simply share the common characteristic of a stench-y bloom?

    I love the scent and variety of roses; my favorites are the simple ones, though, the ones closest to the wild roses I fell in love with as a child in Glenwood, WA. I also like irises for their variety. I guess I'm not the only person who can't pick just one!

    I'm going to be out of town, visiting my mother at her care center for the next week. I'll be back a week from Tuesday. At this point, I'm not planning to take my big, clumsy laptop, so you may not see me here again until then. Just an FYI to everyone.

    I hope everyone has a great week!

  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    Supposed to be 88 with rain later.  Right now it's gloomy and windy.

    Lots of beautiful flowers.  At this stage if something is green and flowers in my garden, I'm happy.  I no longer know what a lot of the flowers growing in my yard are.  Seeds have either been blown in or carried in by birds.   I do love phlox, and have pockets of it.  I also love the pink water lilies in my pond.

    Stuff to do today.

    Hope everyone has a good day.

    Have fun BK!

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 03:51:30 AM PDT

  •  Can't stick around this morning, (7+ / 0-)

    but hope everybody is safe and well.

    (If BadKitties or Marti misbehave today, Weck has the paddle.)  

  •  What a morning! (7+ / 0-)

    I'd debated with myself about going to the senior center this morning, but decided in the affirmative.  I called my ride and was getting dressed when I heard this crackling, sizzling sound from the utility closet.  Closer examination revealed that the breaker box was the source.  I panicked and cancelled my ride.  

    When I called the landlord, he told me to turn off the breakers one by one.  Now, I'm not comfortable with electricity, but I did what he said.  The source of the problem is the living room breaker.  I still have AC but I'm sweating like a pig a half hour later, just from the stress.   I'm sitting here in the twilight, waiting for someone to come and replace the breaker.  I've run extension cords from the kitchen to the living room so that I can plug in my router and netbook.  This is not at all like I envisioned my day....  :-)

    Hope everyone else has a less exciting day.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:36:53 AM PDT

  •  Morning! (5+ / 0-)

    82 feels like 90 at the moment.  FloridaSNMom and I have already been out of the house and holy gravy >< Walk to the post office, and quick stop at Hardee's to grab breakfast for everyone and we were home. :D

    Beyond that, today will be spent writing (for me and FLDad too).  I am currently trying to acclaimate to the fact that I have to rejoin the real world tomorrow.   :( At least it is at a more humane hour, 1030 am instead of like 3 am.

    Nothing says you're sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:04:33 AM PDT

  •  Amazing flowers, (5+ / 0-)

    thanks BadKitties.

    Can't pick a single favorite flower. There's a Shakespeare Festival nearby; the plays are performed under a tent on grounds overlooking the Hudson. Great setting. Anyway, an historic house there has a rose garden, and it's always a delight to wander through it. My favorite remains the peace rose.

    A breeze came up during the night and even though it's going to get hot, it isn't as stifling as the past couple of days.

    Hope everyone is well.

  •  The flowers I love are the ones that almost take (5+ / 0-)

    care of themselves; perennials or plants that re-seed themselves like cone flowers and black-eyed susans.

    I so admire the gardeners who can get roses to work for them, or get flowers to bloom indoors like the amyrillis or orchids.

    I have a flowering bush that has fronds of small, white and pink bell shaped flowers; the texture of the flowers is like crepe fabric.  They are so beautiful, and a favorite of honey bees.  A former relative had gardens with many blooming  bird of paradise plants, they were stunning en mass in her garden.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:41:25 AM PDT

  •  Flowers are not my friends... (5+ / 0-)
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    I'm allergic to most of them. And apparently I'm allergic to something growing in the yard, went out in shorts with the dogs last night and came in to a rash all over both legs. Took a shower, took some benedryl, it's gone this morning. Now I'm wearing long pants to take the dogs out.
    We're going to be ordering a rotary mower from amazon (because I can't get anywhere to get one or get it home). You know, the old fashioned push kind that doesn't need gas or electric. We have a small yard, and the kids can do it. The one we're getting costs about $80, which means it will pay for itself in about 3 mows of not paying someone else to cut it. I may have to pay someone to come out and cut it once more if our grass is currently too long for it to handle, but I'm going to try not to.  Yay for free shipping at least!

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:42:25 AM PDT

  •  Morning!! I'm here before noon!! w00t!! (4+ / 0-)
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    We shall not discuss how long I've been awake, though.

    What a nice way to start the week, thinking about flowers!  Good idea, bk!  I've always loved roses, as my mum used to grow them.  I prefer pink (my avatar is a clue) but also love white and purple ones.  I miss the heady scent of roses; the ones in flower shops have all the nice smell bred out of them...all show, no scent.  Wild garden roses are the best!

    I also love carnations, for their sharp, spicy scent.  Any but red.  For some reason, the red carns put me off.  But there are the peppermint variety that are bright and cheery, and the lovely ones that look like raspberry sherbert, tipped in darker purple.

    As I mentioned upthread, I'm fond of "weeds" that grow wild and look lovely: buttercups, clover, Queen Anne's Lace, the blue star shaped flowers whose name eludes me at the moment.  They're not really weeds, except to the American Lawn Business.  

    Not sure I want to smell the corpse flower, as it looks scary enough...big old thing, isn't it?  I've seen Little Shop Of Horrors, and I'm not taking any chances!!  ;-)

    Have a good day, everyone!

    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 08:32:47 AM PDT

  •  Staggering in to wave at folks (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, broths, weck, carolanne

    I am writing on the dissertation this month, and need to find wheelchair folks to comment on the preliminary findings.  And everything else is landing on top of me all at once.

    So I'm doing a lot of "pop in, wave, swoop out" in my regular circles.

    •  You have my Kosmail Cyberwizard.. (1+ / 0-)
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      if you need a comment from us, feel free.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 09:12:40 AM PDT

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