Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A 4 Year Wait

During my first winter working in the gardens of Worcester College, I was lucky enough to witness our Strelitzia reginae 'Bird Of Paradise' flowering in the warmth of the heated greenhouse where it spends the winter months. Well, that was four years ago and every winter since, it has been brought in from the cold and kept warm, but no flower has been seen, until now.
Last November it sent up a flower spike and has been slowly opening ever since. When I opened the greenhouse this morning I was greeted to such a beautiful, welcoming sight, a flower resembling a exotic bird had emerged over the weekend. My hope is that I don't have to wait another four years to see this stunning sight in the greenhouse again.

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