Travel theme: Flowers – A very floriferous post indeed.


Ailsa’s travel theme this week is flowers, so I can show you my special birthday orchid which hubby bought me. Isn’t it a gorgeous colour, and when it really gets going, I’m sure it will be very ‘floriferous‘. I love that word, and now I have a chance to use it. ;)

Orchids are amongst my favourite flowers, and the one he gave me for Mothers’ Day is still flowering beautifully.

Of course, my two can’t compare to the gorgeous display I saw at the botanical gardens in Singapore a few years ago. The National Orchid Garden is the main attraction there, and has a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids.

Here are just a few. Would you like light pink with dark pink centres?

Or maybe you prefer crimson and white.

How about pure white, with a few purple ones thrown in too?

Now here’s a magnificent speckled mauve.

This yellow with the crimson centre is just too gorgeous for words.

Bangkok airport is generously decorated with wonderful orchid displays.

In the Spring, there are stunning peach and cherry blossoms blooming in Beijing.

The magnolia flowers are all out at the Summer Palace.

Now let’s come back down to earth and visit our local nursery for a poinsettia.

Not so spectacular, but we usually find what we’re looking for.

Even on our roads we have flower bedecked cars. This one decorated from front to back with an elaborately crafted netting of chinchincherees, was carrying a bride on the way to her wedding.

I wondered how the driver could see where he was going. ;)

Last but not least are the lovely flower displays in the restaurant where hubby and I went for a fabulous dinner last night. Much to my delight, there were more orchids,

and then more…….. orchids. :D

By now I guess you are all orchid-ed out. ;)

Today is my umpteenth birthday, and we’re going off up the hill to eat out yet again, this time with my mom, sister and brother-in-law. Tomorrow I will fast. :lol:

Wishing you all a great weekend.

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92 comments on “Travel theme: Flowers – A very floriferous post indeed.

  1. Belated happy birthday, ad, and what a stunning display of orchids you have for us this week. Floriferous is one of my favourite words too!

  2. they a really exquisite flowers. there was also an orchid show on at Keukenhof when we visited. It was definitely not on the Singapore scale but also well worth it

  3. What an orchid fest! :-) Happy Birthday! :-)
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  4. Happy Belated AD! my goodness I was so busy yesterday didn’t have a look at the blogs. Wishing you all things beautiful and “orchid-ed” for your birthday and always…xxx

    p.s. lovely collection of flowers you got.

    • Thanks so much, Ruth, I did. No I definitely don’t have green fingers. They don’t take much looking after at all. I do talk to them though. ;)

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you had wonderful time. The orchids are beautiful. Fabulous photos.
    Sending birthday hugs.
    Florence x

  6. Hello birthday dollypop. Glad you’ve had such a good one. Love your floriferous post. The pics are amazing. Enjoy tonight’s eat out. And the rest of the weekend. Much love xxx

    • Thanks so much, dinxie. Last night’s dinner was fantastic, as was today’s lunch. Tonight it’s birthday chocolates for dinner. ;) Hugs and love to you. xx

  7. happy birthday from Australia too AD, love your orchids! i had a special birthday orchid for many years but it was not so happy here and i gave it away …. it was called Red Baron …. my birthday is exactly two weeks away … and today is also my granddaughter’s birthday … so have a wonderful time …. enjoy every moment!

    • Thanks, Christine. Happy birthday to your granddaughter. I looked up you orchid. Is it the “Princess Diana Red Baron?” If so, it’s stunning. I see there are quite a few different “Red Barons.” I’ll keep an eye out for your birthday post so that I can also wish you. ;)

  8. First of all – Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. :)

    Lovely photographs and commentary about your Orchid spotting adventures. Perhaps you should have called it “Around the world in 90 Orchids!”

  9. Birthday wish from me to you, may your day be a lovely one… and may the years to come be many and filled with such beauty as depicted in the photos….

  10. Many happy returns on your birthday!
    You must have magically green fingers to grow such lovely orchids – they are so incredibly delicate.

    • Thanks for your good wishes, Madoqua. Orchids are pretty easy to look after. Just half a cup of water and a bit of misting every week or so, and a bit of orchid food every couple of weeks. ;)

  11. Happy umpteenth birthday!! I hope that, besides the lovely orchid, you also had tea/coffee/breakfast in bed ;-) Have a lovely day up the hill.
    You can’t fast tomorrow ;-) Have a slice of Black Forest cake for me.

    • Thanks so much, Pc44. I had a wonderful lunch at Sprigs. They were open today. ;) Finished off with delicious cheesecake. I was also given enough chocolates to do lots of damage. :lol:

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