Sunday, December 23, 2007
A Christmas present for Pat
The FedEx truck arrived a bit after 13:00 Thursday, just after we had finished eating lunch. Pat's two grandkids were over for the day as their school ended for the holidays the day before. N was helping Pat bake cookies, B and I played billiards and some other games. Anyway, the kids got to see the flowers about as soon as Pat did. She recognized what they were as soon as she saw the label on the package. They should last about two weeks in very good condition, then we stop watering them and they begin the drying process. I'll let you all know later how that goes. Anyway, here are some photos I took today of the Maui Protea flowers:
This first photo shows the basket sitting on our dining room table, with the Christmas wrapping paper that I used for a background. There is one very large bloom that is known as a King Protea in the center and it has many others of various varieties grouped around it. We placed it on a small plate as the basket is not water tight, so it leaks.
Here is a closer view that still displays the King Protea pretty well but also gives a glimpse of some of the others.
A different angle showing a better view of some of the other blooms. We bought seeds while we were there that should grow some similar to the purple and black one at the center left side of the photo. However, we have learned that it is two years after planting before you should expect to see your first flower. And that is assuming that we will eventually get our sunroom built!
I've turned it a bit to get a different view of some of the other blooms.
And here is a still slightly different view.
A closeup shot of the King Protea. It measures about 4 1/2 inches across so is pretty large.
I had fun taking these photos but they really don't do justice to these amazing plants. Follow the link I included above to go check their web site and you will see other photos and what they offer to order. I don't know how well those we want to grow will do but it will be fun to try. In the meantime, we will have these to enjoy and, hopefully, continue enjoying after they dry.
Good luck getting your "sun" room up before Spring thaw. It's not doing y'all much good sitting on the lawn in pieces, is it?
Hope y'all have a blessed and joyous Christmas, Dick and Pat, filled with love, laughter, faith, good food, good friends and beloved family. ;o)
Love and hugs,
A couple years back a student of Justin's received some sort of hawaiian orchids for graduation. She gave my husband some. They smelled wonderful!
Four days later I had to put them outside. The smell got heavier as they aged and I had a huge allergic reaction to them.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and Pat and your families!
Merry Christmas to you both
Those flowers will last forever with the beautiful photos you took of them!
Meery Christmas to you and Pat!!
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