Osteospermum: The Daisy of Africa

If someone name before you; African Daisy, South African Daisy, Blue-eyed Daisy or Cape Daisy, you must understand that he is telling you about the flowering plant OsteospermumThe scientific name of thiis younger fellow of the Daisy family is derived from the Greek osteon (bone) and Latin spermum (seed). The flower is the native to the African continent and has more than 50 species which are mostly grown in hot and humid conditions. Osteospermum , the daisy of Africa is found with a wide range of tropical colors.

The African Daisy - Cape Daisy - Image by gapster - flickr

The African Daisy – Cape Daisy – Image by gapster – flickr

Osteospermum or the African daisies ideally grow in the naturalized areas like slopes, parking strips, and ground cover for large areas. These flowering plants are normally planted in dry soil as seeds since they cannot handle the stress of transplantation. If planted in a container, soil should be prevented from drying out completely. If they do, the plants will go into “sleep mode” and survive the period of drought, but they will abort their flower buds and not easily come back into flower. Moreover, roots are relatively susceptible to rotting if watered too profusely after the dry period.

Osteospermum , the daisy of Africa - Photo by Michelle Kroll

Osteospermum , the daisy of Africa – Photo by Michelle Kroll

Osteospermum , the daisy of Africa blooms from April to August. The perennial African daisies, Osteospermum, are often confused with the annual, Dimorphotheca, which have a more orange and yellow flower colour range.

Oriental poppy: A pure fascination

Let’s introduce us a native of  Turkey and Iran to you; this is the Oriental poppy which is really a pure fascination. This flower has an unusual and striking beauty for its eye-catching color which loves to be grown in the hilly and mountain regions. Papaver orientale or Oriental Poppy was originally found in the brilliant orange shade but the botanists have succeeded in breeding a wide range of colors in Oriental Poppy, even in the silvery white, salmon or eggplant-black blotches.

Oriental Poppy is the native of Northern Turkey & Iran - Image by ✿ nicolas_gent ✿ flickr

Oriental Poppy is the native of Northern Turkey & Iran – Image by ✿ nicolas_gent ✿ flickr

Oriental poppies bloom during the months of May and June. They reach heights of 2 1/2 to 4 feet. Flowers can measure from 5 to 9 inches in diameter. Not only the Oriental Poppy, but also its plant has an overall charming look because of the lush, fern-like leaves. Oriental poppy plant is an easy to grow shrub which prefers the habitat of cool temperature and higher elevation. The fertile soil and sunny climate makes the growth of Orental poppy so perfect and it requires limited quanitity of water.  A good farmer must remember that Oriental Poppies do not handle transplanting or over-watering well and the germination period lasts for is 10–20 days. Oriental Poppy is a real grace and a pure fascination for the gardners all around the lovely planet.

Bleeding Heart Flower: Lady in a bath

It was truly said by Ralf Emerson; the earth laughs in flowers. Flowers are the jewls of the lovely planet and perhaps are the gladest creature of God under the sun. Some flowers are really so romantic and fanciful like Lamprocapnos spectabilis. This extravagant flower is commonly known as Bleeding Heart Flower or Lady in a Bath,which is the inhabitant of the temperate regions of the world. Bleeding Heart flowers usually bloom in the spring season every year and attract the green panthers for their unique shape; droping bloods from the heart dangling at the bottom.

Bleeding Hearts - Lady in a Bath - Image by dfbphotos - flickr

Bleeding Hearts – Lady in a Bath – Image by dfbphotos – flickr

Bleeding Heart Flower or Lady in a Bath can grow in full sun in a moist and cool climate, but  on the other hand, in warmer and drier climates it requires some shade. Farmers all around the world love to grow Bleeding Hearts to improve and embellish their landscapes. The plants of  Bleeding Hearts can ideally be grown in semi shade or full shade places of the garden in well-drained soils. Once grown properly, Bleeding Heart Flowers take an average of 3-4 seasons to fill out to mature flowering clumps. They then bloom every spring for years.

Pink Bleeding Hearts - Image Courtesy yumievriwan on flickr

Pink Bleeding Hearts – Image Courtesy yumievriwan on flickr

Copper-rumped Hummingbird: A small but graceful bird

Copper-rumped Hummingbird is a small but very graceful bird who lives in the forests of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. Copper-rumped Hummingbirds are normally found near gardens and the floral cultivation because they depend upon the nectar taken from the flowers and the insects revolving around the flowers.

Copper-rumped Hummingbird - Image © Dave Irving ( flickr )

Copper-rumped Hummingbird – Image © Dave Irving ( flickr )

The Copper-rumped Hummingbird is a 8.6 cm long graceful bird which weighs 4.7 g. The bill of this small hummingbird is fairly long, straight and mostly black with some pink on the lower mandible. The adult Copper-rumped Hummingbird has copper-green upper parts, becoming copper-bronze on the rump. The head and underparts of Copper-rumped Hummingbird are bright green, the thighs are white and the tail and legs are black. The sexes are similar.

A stunning capture of the Copper-rumped Hummingbird - Image © Dave Irving ( flickr )

A stunning capture of the Copper-rumped Hummingbird – Image © Dave Irving ( flickr )

The female Copper-rumped Hummingbird lays its eggs in a small cup shaped nest on a low branch, or sometimes wires or clotheslines. The incubation period is about 16–17 days, along with fledging another 19-23, and there may be up to three broods in a season. The Copper-rumped Hummingbird which is a small but very graceful bird is the predominant species of hummingbird in the Trinidad and Tobago.

50 Colorful Butterflies: Magnificent Gift of Nature

Look at these fantastic images of 50 colorful butterflies, captured from different parts of the lovely planet. We’ve also dedicated the fabulous sayings to these awesome images of 50 colorful butterflies. Really magnificent  gift of nature ;

1- “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

An attractive orange and black butterfly - Image: adwriter Patrick

An attractive orange and black butterfly – Image: adwriter Patrick

2- “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”
― George Carlin

An appealing butterfly - Image: Aunt Owwee

An appealing butterfly – Image: Aunt Owwee

3- “He said that we belonged together because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that flowers and butterflies need each other for survival.” ― Gemma Malley, The Declaration

So graceful colors of a butterfly - Image: Amy Lloyd

So graceful colors of a butterfly – Image: Amy Lloyd

4- “Butterflies are self propelled flowers. ” ― R.H. Heinlein

An elegant butterfly -  Image: B_cool

An elegant butterfly – Image: B_cool

5- The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

A beautiful capture of a Butterfly - Image:  TanWei

A beautiful capture of a Butterfly – Image: TanWei

6- “You can only chase a butterfly for so long.” ― Jane Yolen, Prince Across the Water

So eyeful - A butterfly green and black - Image: Choo Yut Shing

So eyeful – A butterfly green and black – Image: Choo Yut Shing

7- The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly. ~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

What a smashing beauty - Image: Chris Potako

What a smashing beauty – Image: Chris Potako

8- With the rose the butterfly’s deep in love, A thousand times hovering round;
But round himself, all tender like gold,
The sun’s sweet ray is hovering found.
~Heinrich Heine, “New Spring”

A brilliant orange butterfly - Image: Choo Yut Shing

A brilliant orange butterfly – Image: Choo Yut Shing

9- Love is like a butterfly:  It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes !

The striking image of a butterfly - Image: Derek Keats

The striking image of a butterfly – Image: Derek Keats

10- How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.

A gorgeous butterfly - Image: Ton Rulkens

A gorgeous butterfly – Image: Ton Rulkens

11- Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring.

A superb butterfly - Image: Victoria Pickering

A superb butterfly – Image: Victoria Pickering

12- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. – Mohammad Ali

So imposing image of a butterfly - Image: Derek Keats

So imposing image of a butterfly – Image: Derek Keats

13- I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? - Zhuangzi

An impressive image of a butterfly - Image: E mar

An impressive image of a butterfly – Image: E mar

14- The green grass and the happy skies court the fluttering butterflies.  ~Terri Guillemets

A butterfly with radiant colors - Image: Cloudtail

A butterfly with radiant colors – Image: Cloudtail

15- Never touch a butterfly’s wing with your finger. - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette 

A chivarlic butterfly - Image: Frank Peters

A chivarlic butterfly – Image: Frank Peters

16- I wasn’t a social butterfly at all. - Kate Bosworth

An excellent photograph of a butterfly - Image: Frank Starmer

An excellent photograph of a butterfly – Image: Frank Starmer

17- We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

A splendid photograph of a butterfly - Image: Garry Wilmore

A splendid photograph of a butterfly – Image: Garry Wilmore

18- A million butterflies rose up from South America,
All together, and flew in a gold storm toward Spain…
~Winfield Townley Scott, “Annual Legend”

A dazzling butterfly - Image: Gustavo Durán

A dazzling butterfly – Image: Gustavo Durán

19- This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still.  ~Joseph Conrad

A classy yellow butterfly - Image: Helene Schmit

A classy yellow butterfly – Image: Helene Schmit

20- As for butterflies, I can hardly conceive of one’s attending upon you; but to question the congruence of the complement is vain, if it exists.  ~Marianne Moore, “To a Steam Roller”

A cute butterfly -  Image: I'm[Nannie]

A cute butterfly – Image: I’m[Nannie]

21- The tulip and the butterfly; Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will, Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still. ~Isaac Watts

An angelic butterfly - Image: Jean in TX

An angelic butterfly – Image: Jean in TX

22- I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.  ~Chuang Tzu

A butterfly with an alluring look - Image: Kurt Qvist

A butterfly with an alluring look – Image: Kurt Qvist

23- I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around and I want to kind of just let one – like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere.- Gillian Flynn 

A ravishing butterfly -  Image: Lars Hammar

A ravishing butterfly – Image: Lars Hammar

24- “Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.~Jeffrey Glassberg”

A charming butterfly - Image: Maia C

A charming butterfly – Image: Maia C

25- “I have butterflies in my stomach, I have the biggest smile on my face and I’m totally crazy about the boy who are giving me these feelings!”

A lovely photograph of a butterfly - Image: Mark Philpott

A lovely photograph of a butterfly – Image: Mark Philpott

26- “Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” - Henry David Thoreau

So sighty photogrph of two butterflies - Image: Mike Renlund

So sighty photogrph of two butterflies – Image: Mike Renlund

27- Not everyone can give you butterflies, so don’t just let them fly away !

A stunning butterfly -  Image: Thierry

A stunning butterfly – Image: Thierry

28- Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works. - Alma Gluck

So fascinating image of a butterfly -  Image: Tatiana Gerus

So fascinating image of a butterfly – Image: Tatiana Gerus

29- LOVE IS LIKE A BUTTERFLY, IF YOU HOLD IT TO TIGHT IT WILL DIE, IF YOU HOLD IT TO LOSE IT WILL FLY AWAY.

An exquisite butterfly - Image: Nigel Jones

An exquisite butterfly – Image: Nigel Jones

30- “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

So colorful butterfly - Image: nottsexminer

So colorful butterfly – Image: nottsexminer

31- “Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases where it goes”

An enticing photograph of a butterfly - Image: OZinOH

An enticing photograph of a butterfly – Image: OZinOH

32- I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.~Charles Dickens

A bewitching butterfly - Image: pamsai

A bewitching butterfly – Image: pamsai

33- And what’s a butterfly? At best,
He’s but a caterpillar, at rest. ~John Grey

A persuading image of a butterfly by OZinOH

A persuading image of a butterfly by OZinOH

34- We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.~Maya Angelou

A butterfly with her seducing beauty - Image: Phil Parsons

A butterfly with her seducing beauty – Image: Phil Parsons

35- Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave. The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him.~Rabindranath

A butterfly with enchanting colors - Image: photoholic1

A butterfly with enchanting colors – Image: photoholic1

36- “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”

A magnetizing butterfly - Image: Phuong Tran

A magnetizing butterfly – Image: Phuong Tran

37- ”Nature’s message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.”~ Kjell B. Sandved

So tempting image of a butterfly - Image: Piers Hallihan

So tempting image of a butterfly – Image: Piers Hallihan

38- ”This great purple butterfly,In the prison of my hands,
Has a learning in his eye Not a poor fool understands.”~W.B Yeats

A matchless butterfly - Image: plancas67

A matchless butterfly – Image: plancas67

39- ”Love is like a butterfly, It can fly away.”

A butterfly with incomparable beauty - Image: Richard Taylor

A butterfly with incomparable beauty – Image: Richard Taylor

40- ”To make a wish come true, whisper it to a Butterfly.
Upon these wings it will be taken to heaven and granted, for they are the messengers of the Great Spirit.”

~Native American Legend

A meticulous butterfly - Image: Ronald Saunders

A meticulous butterfly – Image: Ronald Saunders

41- ”We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever.” ~Carl Sagan

A peerless butterfly - Image: Scorpions and Centaurs

A peerless butterfly – Image: Scorpions and Centaurs

42- ”Happiness can be as elusive as a fluttering butterfly, But as easily attainable as a crawling caterpillar. Put aside the net and let it happen.”~Brian G. Jett

A dainty butterfly - Image: starrynight1

A dainty butterfly – Image: starrynight1

43- ”How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. ”You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give
up being a caterpillar.” ~Trina Paulus

So pretty image: Photographer: Steffen Ramsaier

So pretty image: Photographer: Steffen Ramsaier

44- Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man. - Vladimir Nabokov

A butterfly with admirable colors - Image: Stephen Klein

A butterfly with admirable colors – Image: Stephen Klein

45- Realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and puts you to work digging gold.                        William Moulton Marston

The rare transparent butterfly - Image: warrenski 2

The rare transparent butterfly – Image: warrenski 2

46- What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies? - Roy Rogers

A wonderful butterfly

A wonderful butterfly

47- We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure. - Gerald Brenan

A beauteous butterfly - Image: warrenski

A beauteous butterfly – Image: warrenski

48- “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” - Hans Christian Anderson

A glorious butterfly - Image: Victoria Pickering

A glorious butterfly – Image: Victoria Pickering

49- The green grass and the happy skies court the fluttering butterflies. - Astrid Alauda

A fabulous butterfly -  Image: animantis

A fabulous butterfly – Image: animantis

50- The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet. - Paul Erlich

A hanging butterfly - Image: Tambako The Jaguar

A hanging butterfly – Image: Tambako The Jaguar

These lovely 50 Colorful Butterflies are really the magnificent Gift of Nature.