Sunday, November 9, 2008

Today's Flowers - Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Virginia (USA)

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My thanks to its creator, Luiz Santilli Jr. and to Denise BC and Santilli who now manage this wonderful meme.

Thank you also for giving everyone who participate this very special award.

My photos this week are from a trip I took to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens some time ago.

We start of at the Japanese Garden which was a gift to commemorate the historic trip of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Paul Snyder, the first official delegate to the Sister City association with Moji, Japan.

The Lotus was a beautiful sight to behold.

And so were the Fabiola Water Lilies. I am not sure but I may have shown the lilies in a previous post some months back. My apologies if this is a repeat.

A dragonfly admires the lotus also.

Further along we came across these lovely lion statues....

and a pond adorned with water lilies.

This flower is called Melampodium.

A nice garden of flowers but I didn't make a note of what they were.

This was the main reason I had gone to the garden on that occasion, as I had heard about this plant. The explanation next to it read: "Once in a Lifetime: You are witnessing the only flowering of this specimen of Century Plant (Agave Americana). The Mexican native may wait between 10 to 60 years to flower, depending on climatic conditions. This plant is 15 to 25 years old. After flowering the main plant will die, but small offshoots will continue to grow around the mother plant."

52 comments:

Roy said...

Denise, the Lotus and the lilies are absolutely beautiful.

Meire said...

I like flower Lotus!

Meire

dot said...

I like them all! I lived in Norfolk many years ago but I can't remember if I ever went to those gardens.

Sandradb said...

All I can say : WOW! So many beautiful flowers...bye and greetings from Croatia

ChrissyM said...

Gorgeous variety of flowers. Great post!

mirage2g said...

Norfolk Garden is surely a photographer/naturelover's haven. Love the lotus shots, very neat!

Reader Wil said...

Awesome! Brilliant photos and very good macro! Thanks for sharing.

arleena said...

The Lotus and the lilies are so beautiful. Delight photos.

coca cutie said...

I really liked your photos and information, these pond flowers are so special!
Thanks for the award :)

ellen b said...

Oh what a lovely garden to visit and your photography is fabulous. I would love to walk in those grounds. Have a good week...

Leora said...

So many wonderful photos in one post! Yes, the lotus and the lilies are special.

RuneE said...

I see that you could have a never ending supply of flower photos - thank you for sharing!

marLou said...

The botanical has such a wide variety of beautiful flowers/plants to look at that you would normally would not know about. Thanks for sharing.

Neal said...

Very, very beautiful!!

Paz said...

what a beautiful garden. beautiful flowers.

paz

cheshire wife said...

Those water lilies are amazing!

Eve said...

Hi Denise,
All these flowers are just beautiful! In the garden photo I see Cleome (white), a butterfly bush in the back, and petunias in the front. The pink flower looks like a mallow to me. I'm not very familar with them tho. Thoes Melampodium are beautiful too!
Thanks girl!

Carletta said...

It's been many years since I've been to the botanical gardens in Norfolk. After seeing your wonderful photos - love the lotus- I should schedule a visit when I'm in the area to visit my daughter.

ilanadavita said...

Beautiful and ... interesting.

fishing guy said...

Denise: That garden certainly has lovely flowers.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely photos of a very beautiful place. Thanks for sharing these. I particularly like the water lily and the lotus with dragonfly.

david mcmahon said...

Those water lilies are beautiful.

Melissa said...

I love those lilies. They are very beautiful. U captured it very well...


mine is up
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Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Splendid flowers... the dragonfly is delightful!
Wonderful post!!

Arija said...

Beautiful Japanese gardens with such extensive tracts of water plants. The Lotus and Waterlilies are spectacular.
In the dry climate where I live we see a lot of Agaves where old homesteads have been. Neither the settlers not their homes have survived, yet the plants carry on regardless.

Norm said...

what a wonderful garden, I love the flower, very impressive place...thanks for the visit and have a nice day to you...

Marcos Santos said...

Hello Denise (My wife is also Denise)

Their beautiful photos.
I really enjoyed the flowers of the lake.
This last, we know how PITA here in Brazil.

This shaft, after drought, wood produces a very lightweight and easily worked.
The Students of the architecture used to produce small models of its projects.

Olga said...

those are gorgeous! Especially the water lillies.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Wordless your post this week!
Marvelous, Denise!!
Thanks for posting in TODAY'S FLOWERS and for visiting me!
I invite you to send me flowers to post in TODAY'S FLOWERS!
It's OK?
My e-mail is luizsantillijr@gmail.com!
I'm waiting, if you want, of course!

Luiz

guild-rez said...

So many beautiful flowers and gardens.
- Cheers.
When bright flowers bloom
Parchment crumbles, my words fade
The pen has dropped ...
- Morpheus

Darla said...

Very nice tour, thank you. I have yellow melampodium never seen white before.

dulce said...

Your choices are marvellous! I couldn't say whitch I love best.

Lilli & Nevada said...

what a delightful set of photos of a beautiful place

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Flowers are a sort of international language, sort of like a smile.

napaboaniya said...

The lily and the lotus are TOO gorgeous I'm actually speechless!
Extremely delightful shots of all of them :)

Connie said...

The garden looks like a wonderful place to go take photos.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow, looks like such a beautiful place. Your photos are fabulous. I really like that pink lotus. It looks so delicate.

Jan said...

Hi Denise,

I am just now catching up with you a little, and wanted to thank you for your good wishes on both my blogs.

As always your photos are fabulous. We had a pair of house finches nesting in one of our hanging baskets this year. It was so cool!

Best wishes, Jan.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Lovely photos as usual Denise - first time I have seen a lotus flower I think - beautiful.

A x

Juliana RW said...

beautiful all of them :D

thanks drop at my post.

Mckay K said...

Oh my goodness, an abundance of lotus plants. How beautiful! I loved all your photos. Thanks for taking me to the Botanical Gardens.

Deborah said...

Gorgeous photo's the lilly and lotus are stunning, well done.

Deb.

Jedediah said...

Beautiful, the water lilies especially

auringonkukka =) said...

BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS AND FLOWERS!!

Cris said...

Wonderful flowers! I think I have only been to Denver's Botanical garden...

david santos said...

Well, well, well!
These cards are Art! Absolutely wonderful!!! Pretty colors! I love your creations!!! Congrats!!! Have a nice week.

nonizamboni said...

Gorgeous tour of this garden--thanks for taking me along!
I was blown away by the photo of the lotus. Wow.
Happy week!

Denise BC said...

Hello, Denise
Wonderful sequence of images with beautiful flowers, congratulations on choosing the post.
Thank you for your participation in Today's Flowers.
hugs,
Denise, Pupo & Santilli - Team TF

Look friend, my husband commented up there, he is the Marcos Santos.

Titania said...

Great photos of a wonderful garden. It is nearly overwhelming there are so many beautiful colours, shapes, interesting leaves
and plants that flower only once but spectacularly. Thank you for this show, Denise, I particularly liked the waterlilies.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I just love the Lotus and water lily photos.......

Gill

The Tile Lady said...

Awesome post, Denise! I have visited there many times but it's been a few years since my last. You presented some marvelous photographs of their lovely flowers !

Denise said...

Thank you all so much for coming here. It has been wonderful to read all your comments.