Monday, October 28, 2013

NATURE NOTES

A while ago when we were walking around the Norfolk Botanical Garden, we came across this unusual plant.  


If you ever find yourself in Norfolk (the one in Virginia, USA) and love gardens, we can both highly recommend this Garden.  We have been to many over the years, all wonderful places, and Norfolk is right up there as one of our favorites.  Their home page is here.  


As we got closer we noticed that the center of the plant looked like a huge pine cone and the closer still, we saw its tenant.


Steve over at Out On The Prairie - link here - identified this plant as a Cyad in the comment section, and said it is one of the oldest plants on the planet.  He also identified the insect as a Japanese Beetle.  Thanks Steve!



I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes which you will find here.  Thank you for hosting this lovely meme Michelle.  

21 comments:

ladyfi said...

Such lovely shots.

Cezar and Léia said...

Denise, I'm enchanted by your header image, it's adorable!
I love this plant, very different and you got perfect close ups, well done!
Interesting bug!
Léia

Cathy said...

Hello Denise
That's a new one to me - you didn't mention it's name, were you able to find out at all?

Love your header - do tell us about it
Cathy

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Hey everyone should have a home:) Great capture.

TexWisGirl said...

cute little resident. :)

Karen said...

Interesting plant and a cool bug macro!

Carver said...

Great shots of an interesting plant. I love the details.

Out on the prairie said...

The cyad is one of the oldest plant families on our planet.The resident beetle is a Japanese Bettle.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi the closer you look, the more you found. Brilliant. Great garden.

Laura said...

marvelous macros Denise!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is an amazing plant and so cool that your blog friend IDd it (and the tenant) for you. I'd love t visit this marvelous garden; you are a good ambassador for it!

Elephant's Child said...

I suspect the Japanese beetle has been around for a very long time too. A gorgeous series - thank you.

eileeninmd said...

Pretty plant and cute capture of the beetle! Great shots, Denise!

Barb said...

Denise, My Mom used to wage war on the Japanese beetle - you've brought back memories.

Michelle said...

I believe we have nicknamed those, "June-Bugs", here in KY.

Linda said...

I would certainly enjoy a day spent in the fabulous garden, Denise. Glorious captures!

Adam said...

never seen a japanese beetle in person

Valerie said...

I like the header, Denise. I'm also impressed at your shots of the beetle. Anyone else might have missed him altogether... of course, by anyone else I mean ME.

Kay said...

That's a very interesting plant, but a Japanese beetle can't be good. Aren't they destructive?

Rambling Woods said...

What an interesting plant Denise..... Michelle

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Very cool plant