These pictures were sent to me in an email...I don't know who took them. I also don't know what the plants are but thought our gardeners would enjoy guessing. We can all enjoy their beauty though. I will post them 3 at a time to make it easier if you want to refer to one (eg 'post 3 number 2')
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These are amazing, questa and yes, I think Australia wins the prize for weird and wonderful flowers. I recognise lupins and passionflowers and there are several orchids in there (love the monkey face). Wonderful.
Agree about the preview feature. What a stupid idea to do away with that!
Anyway, I think most of yours are very, very educated guesses and agree with all of them except for the amaryllis, which I think are fritillaries. Really good call on the datura -- once I read your ID I looked again &, sure enough.
I just *knew* I was on shaky ground with the Amaryllis ID.
As for this:
I thought it looked like a dogwood with its very cornusian leaves and four petal flowers (note to precisionistas and pedants--they're probably not true petals are they? Probably bracts or tepals or god knows what ), but wasn't even close to sure, then I just now remembered I have a Chrome extension, app or whatever they are calling these this week that allows doing a search from image by a simple right click menu item. Having traversed that wheelchair accessible hoop, it is evident this is a "Magic Dogwood" - Cornus florida subspecies urbiniana per the following link--
So, "just" an interesting cultivar/variety/subspecies (see note above [taxonomy makes academic departmental politics look like spin the bottle]) of a wonderful and venerable old garden stand-by I'm sure many of us have grown ourselves.
Without an up close of the leaf and stem structure of many of these many specimens it does indeed make it more difficult to ID. What plant may resemble another, unless you can see the foliage combined with the bloom it can become a real guessing game.
I immediately knew the mysterious sweet pea looking bloom as I had posted a variety of it growing here in the the thread Vines Glorious Vines a couple of years ago.
Yes it is indeed Beaucarnea or Nolina Recurvata, better known as The Ponytails palm or Elephants Foot Palm. BUT, here's the thing....it is not a palm. Botanically they are not part of the palm family at all, and referred to as 'imposter' or psuedo palms. So I'm wondering what family of plants do they really belong to?!
All over our city these unusual 'palms' are flowering, including one in my garden. This 'palm' produces a head of long thin strap-like leaves whose stems thicken at the base as the plant matures. Slow growing and decorative, it is often used in container displays.