Thursday, 17 April 2014


Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers or passion vines, is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the namesakes of the family Passifloraceae. They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous. The monotypic genus Hollrungia seems to be inseparable from Passiflora, but further study is needed.

Nine species of Passiflora are native to the USA, found from Ohio to the north, west to California and south to the Florida Keys. Most other species are found in South America, Eastern Asia, and Southern Asia, New Guinea, four or more species in Australia and a single endemic species in New Zealand. New species continue to be identified: for example, P. pardifolia and P. xishuangbannaensis have only been known to the scientific community since 2006 and 2005, respectively.Some species of Passiflora have been naturalised beyond their native ranges. For example, Blue Passion Flower (P. caerulea) now grows wild in Spain. The purple passionfruit (P. edulis) and its yellow relative flavicarpa have been introduced in many tropical regions as commercial crops.

A number of species of Passiflora are cultivated outside their natural range because of their beautiful flowers. Hundreds of hybrids have been named; hybridising is currently being done extensively for flowers, foliage and fruit.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


nix noun (fem.nixie |ˈnɪksi| ) a water sprite.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent: from German; related to the archaic English word nicker, denoting a water demon believed to live in the sea.

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and is also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and is also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Rosa 'Grande Amore' is a standout among red hybrid tea roses, acclaimed for its depth of colour and exceptional disease resistance. It produces continuous flushes of dark red, pointed buds, which open into high-centred blooms of shiny, intense red, set against dark green, slightly glossy foliage. Resistance to blackspot and powdery mildew is outstanding. Awarded 5 International medals, including Golden Rose at the Hague Lyon, Rose Hills International and the ADR award. Winner of the International Gold Certificate in the Portland International Rose Garden in 2012. Flower Size: 10 cm. Fragrance: Moderate. Hybridiser: Kordes, 2004.

This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Floral Macros meme,
and also part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.

Monday, 14 April 2014


As Autumn makes its presence increasingly felt in the Southern Hemisphere, it's hard to ignore the yellows and oranges that seem to be all around...

This post is part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme,
and also part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Nature Footsteps Inspiring Photography meme.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Myer Melbourne is an iconic name in retail and is now the largest and most comprehensive department store in the southern hemisphere. The store at 314-336 Bourke Street int eh City has been renovated and this view from the ground floor up through the middle of the central escalator well provides an almost kaleidoscopic view of internal reflections.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Weekly TopShot meme.

Friday, 11 April 2014


Glenelg is a popular beach-side suburb of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Located on the shore of Holdfast Bay in Gulf St Vincent, it has become a popular tourist destination due to its beach and many attractions, home to several hotels and dozens of restaurants.

Established in 1836, it is the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia (the oldest being Kingscote on Kangaroo Island), with the proclamation of the colony of South Australia. It was named after Lord Glenelg, a member of British Cabinet and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.Through Lord Glenelg the name derives from Glenelg, Highland (previously Inverness-shire), Scotland. In Scottish Gaelic the name is Gleann Eilg. The name Glenelg is noteworthy for being a palindrome.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme.