Bird on Bird

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” ~ Robert H Schuller

A Northern Mockingbird sits atop our neighbour’s ‘Bird of Paradise’ plant.


Last winter, Hubby saved this beautiful plant from destruction. Our neighbour told him that he was going to ask his gardener to dig it out because it had never flowered. Hubby told him to just be patient a while longer because this plant has the most beautiful flowers which would soon appear in the springtime, and sure enough he was right.

We have a particular fondness for this lovely plant which is indigenous to South Africa. It’s proper name is ‘Strelitzia Reginae’, and it’s also known as ‘Crane Flower’.

58 comments on “Bird on Bird

  1. so did your hubs fertilize this to get it to bloom?
    and how inspiring that the neighbors could see it flower- and then the connection to your home country.,

    and then the bird on bird – oh S- this is a triple home run post

  2. Great shot of bird and flower. I don’t think I’d ever seen a bird of paradise flower before a trip to Southern California a few years ago. They are gorgeous, but I don’t think they’d do well in our climate.

  3. I love the “Crane Flower”! We have some here close by and they are so beautiful. Happy your hubby saved its life πŸ™‚ Happy weekend to you, Sylvia XXX

  4. I never had any luck with them when we lived in Miami but they do seem to do well in this part of Florida. Wishing you sunny days after all the rain we are having.

  5. We plant everything we can, trees abound, and the birds have even planted a few for us. Everything is bee and bird friendly native to our environment, next goal, retire in the country so i may have chickens and bees. Love your photo, beautiful.

  6. The quote’s a good one, Ad. And what a lovely capture that is. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We see the strelitza quite often in the Algarve and almost become blase about them, but they are very lovely. I’m glad your husband rescued this one.

  7. How wonderful that he saved it and that it flowered. They’re beautiful flowers. I’ve seen lots of them in southern California. I didn’t realize the South Africa connection. I like the bird and bird name connection in the shot. πŸ™‚


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