In-your-face Nature

Last year it was hydrangeas. This year it’s azaleas (that I briefly called “flowerballs” while their real name eluded me). Each year I pick a bloom that I see around this city to go very nutty over.

I’ve developed this inadvertant custom of taking a walkabout on 16th Avenue every two months and marvelling at how new blooms come to the forefront and burst with their colour. In fact, even my five-minute walk to work through Hospital District – admittedly a dreary area – has seen pink cherry blossoms and fragrant magnolias come and fade and give way to fuschia-red azaleas and huge holly bushes.

In my most recent walkabout, I found more specimens that aggravatingly I cannot identify: purple-leaved plants, orange flowers with petals delicate-looking like tissue paper, and “the coin plant” which has really flat round leaves rimmed with silver and with ribbings looking like cacti. Surely anyone else knows more than I do about plant species….

7 Comments so far

  1. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 12:03 am

    Check your flickr comments: the orange ones are surely poppies, the coin ones are “silver dollar plants”; They get their name because when dried, the plant’s leaves turn a translucent sliver colour. It’s a very common to see these dried as household decorations.

  2. Ariane (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    i agree, the orange are a type of poppy; the coin ones are also called “money plants”, and finally, the bush with the purple leaves is a type of “smoke tree”… this is a fun game, i need to practice my plant id skillz!

  3. wyn (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    Thanks, Ryan, I knew I could count on you to help me out. =)

    Oh, I can probably provide more pictures over the seasons!


  4. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

    Wyn, the term you want is “naturalist”. naturism is something very different. More Wreck Beach than Van Deusen Gardens.

  5. wyn (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

    That’s what I get for being too lazy to look up an “iffy” word. =P But who’s to say I won’t hit Wreck Beach and take something off…?

  6. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    Lewd flickr-referencing comment redacted.

  7. (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 4:20 pm


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