Category Archives: Plants & Trees

The red-eyed tree frog: Agalychnis callidryas

The red-eyed tree frog is the native to the rain forests of Central America and as its name suggests, the red-eyed tree frog has red eyes with vertically narrowed pupils. Red-eyed tree frogs are scientifically known as Agalychnis callidryas and these are carnivores that eat crickets, moths, flies, and other insects.

Red-eyed tree frog of Central America - Image by Alberto Gómez Aparicio - flickr
Red-eyed tree frog of Central America – Image by Alberto Gómez Aparicio – flickr

These iconic rain-forest amphibians sleep by day stuck to leaf-bottoms with their eyes closed and body markings covered. When disturbed, they flash their bulging red eyes and reveal their huge, webbed orange feet and bright blue-and-yellow flanks. This technique, called startle coloration, may give a bird or snake pause, offering a precious instant for the frog to spring to safety.

The red-eyed tree frog: Agalychnis callidryas remained sticky to tree leaves all the day. Image: Inf-Lite Teacher
The red-eyed tree frog: Agalychnis callidryas remained sticky to tree leaves all the day. Image: Inf-Lite Teacher

Adult red-eyed tree frog or  Agalychnis callidryas is only about 5 cm (2 inches) in length while the females tend to be larger at 7.5 cm (3 inches). Males croak and quiver, like a song and a dance, to try to attract females. These frogs change color according to their mood from dark green to a reddish-brown. The average life span of the red-eyed tree frog is almost five years.

The tunnel of love in Kleven: Ukraine

The Lovely Planet inclusive of its so many tremendous and extraordinary scenic attractions also offers some phenomenal loving spots where the romantic couples especially plan to go. We’ll tell you about one of these adorable locations which is situated in Ukraine;

The tunnel of love in Kleven: Ukraine
The tunnel of love in Kleven: Ukraine

Kleven is actually an unrban type settlement located in the Western Ukraine. There is found, the Tunnel of Love.  The tunnel of love is actually a tree tunnel having a lush green surrounding which is too much popular among the lovers. Romeos and Juliets from all over the country come to the mind-blowing tunnel of love of Kleven and make wishes and kiss each other in a passionate manner. It is famous that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true in the tunnel of love. The tunnel was made over many years as the passing train molded the trees’ lines. The train turned this spectacular woodland into a sensational passageway as it traveled back and forth 3 times a day over several years.

Kleven ( Ukraine ) The Tunnel of Love
Kleven ( Ukraine ) The Tunnel of Love


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