Saturday, September 15, 2012

Beautiful Bonus







I didn't order these, in fact, I had never heard of Sparaxis until a little bonus packet of bulbs arrived with my order.




Here are the Sparaxis bulbs, soaking prior to planting nearly four months ago. Don't they look amazing, as if they each have their own intricate net bag.




"Brilliantly coloured, dazzlingly diverse and easy to grow" says one source. Who wouldn't like plants like this! Native to South Africa they look to be thriving in our climate.




The flowers each have six tepals (technically different to petals and sepals). They are slso known as Harlequin Flowers.




Sometimes it's the little I-wouldn't-have-chosen-that surprises which end up being amazing blessings.


Sharing at Your Sunday Best, Mandarin Orange Monday.

40 comments:

geanina said...

fabulos images! :)
greetings.....

Pieni Lintu said...

Beautiful colors!

Joop Zand said...

Wonderful colors...... and good photographed.

greetings, Joop

marijke said...

Beautiful flowers of the bulbs. Overhere the catalogs of bulbs coming in by the post. I hope I can find a place in my tiny garden to plant some of the bulbs. All the bulbs bringing beautiful flowers and it's hard to make a choice. I want them all.
Have a wonderful weekend Karen

Jenni C's said...

i thought that i recognized these flowers the minute i opened your blog...nice to see some South African flowers on your blog..;)once again, i love how you captured them..especially the last image...

✿ chica said...

Maravilhosas!! beijos,ótimo fim de semana,chica

Cinzia said...

I dont't know this flower, but it is wonderful!
So your photos!
Cinzia

flowersandhome said...

I had never heard of it. Very special bulbs indeed and the most gorgeous flowers. That's a great surprise/bonus.
Bye,
have a lovely weekend,
Marian

Rosemary Aubut said...

Such a wonderful bonus! Never saw this flower before! Gorgeous photos!

Pam :) said...

Unexpected beauty is a precious gift.. isn't it Karen.
Thank you for sharing the beauty of your world.

cris photos said...

Flores lindas, não conhecia.

Beijos

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Gosh, from bulb to bloom these are so interesting! Beautifully and artfully captured as only you can do. :)

Sylvia K said...

What lovely, colorful flowers and I've never heard of them either!! Always love to learn something new! Beautiful captures as always, Karen! Hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderful weekend!

Cathy said...

As always, a beautiful place to visit. I love seeing bits of your life displayed through the gifted use of your lens.

Rosemary said...

They remind me of little firecrackers sparking, a celebration perhaps?

TheChieftess said...

Lovely shots!!! My favorite is the second one!!! And such beautiful and interesting flowers!!!

Diana Tavares Fotografia said...

fotos fantasticas:)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

These are all outstanding shots. Blessings!

Nancy Claeys said...

I especially like the red/yellow combination. Very flashy! :)

Robyn said...

Beatufiul flowers and stunning pictures. Just awesome! I love the colors you captured.

What a wonderful surprise you get to enjoy, photograph and share.

Linda Makiej said...

fabulous!!

Tricia Hays said...

Gorgeous, esp the 1st 2 shots! =)

Barb said...

Your Macros are so sharp and vivid. My mother always felt that flowers or bulbs given as a gift grew better.

Gillian Olson said...

They are beautiful flowers, what a bonus.

Tricia said...

Oh, how beautiful these are! I'm in love with that first photo :)

Ruby said...

Very beautiful photos Karen!! Cheers, Ruby

Lisa said...

So pretty! I love the bright color combination, and those bulbs are amazing with the netting-like structure! I love seeing how creative God is!

Jenny said...

These are gorgeous. I've never seen anything like them.

Kim Stevens said...

So beautiful and I have never seen or heard of them before either!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous color and photos. You are gifted with that camera!

Danielle said...

Beautiful captures. I especially love the detail in the first photo.

edenhills said...

What a wonderful bonus! They are truly beautiful, and your macro shots are amazing!

chubskulit said...

Delightful!

Visiting from Mandarin Orange Monday!
My Orange post, your comment will be greatly appreciated.

Jesh StG said...

Love your first capture the most -beautiful! And the bulbs are very intriguing:)

lorik said...

Beautiful shape and a most beautiful display of orange! Great shot! Thank you for sharing it on Mandarin Orange Monday.

Tezzie said...

I've never seen those before! They're so beautiful! (something tells me that they wouldn't do well up here in our climate, though... ;D)

Liz said...

Beautiful! You really do have so many treasures in your garden!

Marie said...

What a beautiful flower! I'd never heard of them either. Don't you love such nice surprises!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful surprise. I have tried once to grow a bulb but without success I will have to try again there are so many beautiful varieties of flowers.

cassandra said...

Very impressive, beautiful flowers!

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