Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.
The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man.
William Blake’s [The Marriage of Heaven and Hell , published 1793]
This morning I told Kate about my plan to visit Rhododendron section in arboretum and I managed and I am really happy about it as it’s going to rain tomorrow and as per our weather forecast department we might see more snow on Monday.
Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal, the state flower of Sikkim in India and the state flower of West Virginia and Washington. It is is a genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in the heath family. I am sure I have seen more than 100 plants/shrubs and I found it difficult to see the exact difference between two similar plants with similar colour. All were gorgeous.
All the parts of Rhododendrons are dangerous, especially leaves, showing symptoms of Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, convulsions, coma, death. Honey made from the nectar of Rhododendron flowers is also toxic and should not be consumed.
Azaleas make up two subgenera of Rhododendron. They are distinguished from “true” rhododendrons by having only five anthers per flower. I wanted to see the Christopher Wren Mollis Hybrid Azalea (the above bud). The Mollis deciduous azalea hybrids were developed in Belgium. These are orange azaleas which were yet to bloom. They might be ready in next couple of days.
It was good to see many smiling faces.
Weather and the flowers change human behaviour in a good way.
None the less, I enjoyed the beauties today and was quite surprised seeing various shades of blue. Each one was different yet more gorgeous than others.
Rhododendrons are referred to as the King of Shrubs since they are regarded by many as the best flowering evergreen plants for the temperate landscape
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Hope you find this image interesting!
The image is taken during my recent visit at Stanford.
Presenting a gallery of 4 photos from amazing Keukenhof gardens for Cee’s fun foto challenge
Presenting 4 pictures in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellows.
The first picture was taken in Vienna while riding HOHO (Hop on hop off )bus. The rest are from gardens here and there.
I could not resist to share one more foto of marigold flowers, I have used it for a post on vijayadashmi/ dussehra. Difficult to ignore yellow marigolds 🙂
3 more images in the series I began last week.
Previous pictures can be seen here: https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/weekend-special-in-search-of-die-hards-1/