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:

  1. Denise, the Lotus and the lilies are absolutely beautiful.

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

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

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  4. Gorgeous variety of flowers. Great post!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. what a beautiful garden. beautiful flowers.

    paz

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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.

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  16. Denise: That garden certainly has lovely flowers.

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

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


    mine is up
    http://abay-melissa.blogspot.com/2008/11/todays-flower-2-white-rose-means.html

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

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  20. 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.

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

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  22. 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.

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  23. those are gorgeous! Especially the water lillies.

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  24. 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

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

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

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

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  28. what a delightful set of photos of a beautiful place

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

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

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

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

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  33. 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.

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

    A x

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  35. beautiful all of them :D

    thanks drop at my post.

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

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

    Deb.

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  38. Beautiful, the water lilies especially

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

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

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

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  42. 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.

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  43. 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.

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

    Gill

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  45. 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 !

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

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