A dark wine-coloured tulip is just starting to unfold its petals. This particular one is from the Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Australia, a gem in the heart of the city.
Should we say ‘a hibiscus‘ or ‘an hibiscus’? Or is either suitable?
There must be something about the wing designs of butterflies and the plants on which they tend to alight. This Swiss butterfly seems to be in perfect synchronicity with its nectar-bearing perch.
It’s impossible to fit them all into the photo. These iris blooms along a riverbank in Shizuoka, Japan have been planted and tended by a few local citizens who live nearby.
And they’ve done a pretty good job!
In the same frame: cherry blossom, tulips, daffodils, snowdrops, and rosemary flowers, along with red momiji (Japanese maple leaves), and, on the left, the wisteria vine starting to bloom. How often do these plants flower at the same time?
This is the line where evergreen meets deciduous. The green conifers and the red and yellow maples display their delineation when fall comes round on this hillside in central Japan.
This miniature tree doesn’t grow like this. It has been carefully tended and cut for many years.
The art of bonsai is a Japanese specialty, and this is the Japanese maple in full leaf.