FLORA

Photo's of flowers, nature at its best. Flowers are used to mark the most significant events of our lives. Births, marriages, anniversaries, deaths, opening of businesses, commemorations ... there's a flower for every occasion. Photographing plant-life but especially flowers is an art in itself. But what a satisfaction for the photographer when you see that you succeeded in catching and immortalising the temporary beauty and color of a flower.

PETUNIA CULTIVARS

This cosmic flower features unique markings reminiscent of a starry sky. Each unique plant features clusters of purple flowers speckled with luminous white dots that look like celestial bodies. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

ANIGOZANTHOS SP

Anigozanthos is a small genus of Australian plants in the bloodwort family Haemodoraceae. The 11 species and several subspecies are commonly known as kangaroo paw and catspaw depending on the shape of their flowers. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

CATTLEYA

Of all the orchids, the Cattleya has the most varied forms. There are large- and small-flowered Cattleyas. The small-flowered cultivars have more flowers per stems than the large-flowered cultivars. Cattleyas catch the eye with their spectacular colours. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

SOLANUM LACINIATUM

Solanum laciniatum produces two types of foliage: large lance-shaped or irregularly lobed juvenile leaves 300 mm long by 250 mm wide and smaller generally entire lance-shaped adult leaves 150 mm long by about 30-50 mm wide. Both types of leaf are a rich dark green on the upper surface, and a lighter green underneath, with conspicuous veins. They are held on dark green succulent stems, which turn black, then a rough light-brown, with age. Bsous, Lebanon

LEAF BSOUS

Playing with colours and light emphasing the details of the vine leaf. Bsous, Lebanon.

ECHINOPS BANNATICUS

Echinops bannaticus, known as blue globe-thistle, is a species of flowering plant in the sunflower family, native to southeastern Europe. It is an herbaceous perennial thistle, growing to 120 cm (47 in), with prickly foliage and spherical blue flower heads in summer. Qaraoun Lake, Lebanon

REGAL PELARGONIUM

From the Greek “pelargos” (stork) named for the beak of the fruit looking like that of a stork. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology list this species as an allergy-safe pollen producing plant. Bsous, Lebanon.

MICHAUXIA CAMPANULOIDES

Rough-leaved Michauxia (Michauxia campanuloides) is an ornamental plant in the Campanulaceae (bellflower) family. It is native to Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel. From rosettes of basal lanceolate and lobed leaves arise flowering stems up to 2 m high, branched towards the top carrying many drooping flowers of white, tinged with purple, with 8-10 long narrow reflexed lobes and long-projecting style. Flowers April–July. Sabbah, Lebanon.

ANAGALLIS ARVENSIS

Scarlet pimpernel’s an interesting and rare plant. Its flowers close at midday, giving rise to one of its names in English: ’John-go-to-bed-at-noon’. They also close quickly when the sky clouds over or if rain is approaching, so it’s also known as Poorman’s Barometer. Research has shown however that the shoots contain toxic saponins and the roots cyclamens. People with sensitive skins can get reactions from merely touching the plant. Bsous, Lebanon

NERIUM OLEANDER

A shrub or small tree in the dogbane family toxic in all its parts. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerium. It is most commonly known as oleander. Oleander is one of the most poisonous commonly grown garden plants. Baalbek, Lebanon

DIGITALIS PURPUREA

In the heart of the flower. Digitalis purpurea is an herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant. The inside surface of the flower tube is heavily spotted. The flowering period is early summer, sometimes with additional flower stems developing later in the season. The plant is frequented by bees, which climb right inside the flower tube to gain the nectar within. Bokrijk, Open air museum, Belgium

RIBES RUBRUM

The redcurrant, or red currant is a member of the genus Ribes in the gooseberry family. It is native across western Europe. The species is widely cultivated and has escaped into the wild in many regions. Bokrijk, Belgium

ANAGALLIS ARVENSIS FORMA AZUREA

Scarlet pimpernel has weak sprawling stems growing to about 50 cm (20 in) long, which bear bright green ovate sessile leaves in opposite pairs. The small orange, red or blue flowers are produced in the leaf axils from spring to autumn. The petal margins are somewhat crenate and have small glandular hairs. Scarlet pimpernel flowers are open only when the sun shines. Baabda Forest, Beirut, Lebanon

DIGITALIS PURPUREA

DIGITALIS PURPUREA Foxglove is an herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant. The leaves are spirally arranged, simple, 10–35 cm (3.9–13.8 in) long and 5–12 cm (2–5 in) broad, and are covered with gray-white pubescent and glandular hairs, imparting a woolly texture. The foliage forms a tight rosette at ground level in the first year. Neeroeteren, Belgium

TRIFOLIUM PRATENSE

A small purple flower that is very common, but deserves to be put in the spotlight sometimes. Beirut, Baabda Forest, Lebanon

Gardens by the Bay

One of the many exotic flowers in the Gardens by the Bay. Singapore

Freesia

They are herbaceous plants which grow from a conical corm 1–2.5 cm diameter, which sends up a tuft of narrow leaves 10–30 cm long, and a sparsely branched stem 10–40 cm tall bearing a few leaves and a loose one-sided spike of flowers with six petals. Many species have fragrant narrowly funnel-shaped flowers. Freesias are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Large Yellow Underwing. Heppen, Belgium

MIMOSA

While walking through the streets of Beirut, I came across these magnificent Mimosa flowers. A burst of color in a concrete jungle. Beirut, Lebanon

GLADIOLUS ITALICUS

Gladiolus italicus is a species of gladiolus known by the common names Italian gladiolus, field gladiolus, and common sword-lily. It is native to much of Eurasia and North Africa, but it is well-known on other continents where it is a common weed, particularly of cultivated fields and waste places. This perennial flower grows an erect stem approaching a meter in maximum height with a few long leaves around its base. Toward the top half of the generally unbranching stem is a spike inflorescence on which flowers appear at intervals. Each plant has up to 15 or 16 flowers. The flower is bright pink to magenta and several centimeters long with its stamens and style protruding from the throat. The fruit is a capsule about a centimeter long containing many seeds. Baabda Forest, Beirut, Lebanon

MAMA’S FLOWERS

My mother had just watered her garden and I loved the colours of this little flowers with the water drops still lingering… Heppen, Belgium

YELLOW ON BLACK

One of the small flowers found in Baabda Forest - Lebanon in November.

KNAUTIA ARVENSIS

Field Scabious, is a species in the genus Knautia. It is a perennial plant that grows between 25 and 100 cm. It prefers grassy places and dry soils, avoiding heavy soils, and flowers between July and September. Voeren, Belgium

HEATHER FLOWERS

Although spring is the best time to find flowers in Baabda Forest, by the end of October these heather flowers were everywhere. Baabda Forest, Beirut, Lebanon

HEATHER BELLS

These tiny little flowers bring clouds of a different color in the autumn landscape. Heppen, Belgium

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