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.
There are tall trees, there are taller trees and there are the tallest trees, and these are the Giant Redwood trees of California, also known as sequoia trees. Some are over 100m in height.
Even though blue roses are very rare, blue flowers are not so unusual, and these tropical flowers can be found at Kew Gardens in London.
Buckwheat can be used to make to make soba noodles in Japanese cuisine. There a very attractive white flowers and these are they.
And below you can get a closer view.
This is not the famous, and tremendously expensive, painting by van Gogh, known as the Sunflowers. This is the real thing, which is much much cheaper.
Some people may think that a daffodil is a daffodil, but there are an incredible number of different varieties.
This is one of the rarest flowers in the world. This one in Tokyo blooms about once every 20 years ,and the flower is about 1.5m tall.
It is known as the corpse flower because it smells like dead flesh.
The season for viewing maple trees is usually the autumn, but this maple tree is full of beautiful red leaves in April.