Flamboyant Petticoats of a Flamenco Dancer

Fuschia flower,Flamboyant Petticoats of a Flamenco Dancer - Ellie Kennard 2016
Fuschia flower,Flamboyant Petticoats of a Flamenco Dancer – Ellie Kennard 2016

It’s finally summer and it’s almost too hot for the cats! We have always loved to have hanging baskets by our kitchen door and this year, despite the delayed spring, we braved a rainy cold afternoon to pick out the ones for this year. There seemed to be just one choice and we hadn’t even a photograph to see what the flowers would be like. So we bought two and brought them home. They are supposed to be the same, but one of them is ‘normal’ with very pretty little red and purple flowers. This one, however, is spectacular with almost translucent petals of rich purple that seem to glow. The flowers are larger and look like the flamboyant petticoats of a flamenco dancer, with thin long stamens reaching their filaments down below like slender legs above the pale anthers. The hummingbirds are drawn to the colour and dart in and out under the blooms, finding what nectar these might hold.  To view bonus image and gallery

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Fuschia flower2,Flamboyant Petticoats of a Flamenco Dancer – Ellie Kennard 2016
Fuschia flower2,Flamboyant Petticoats of a Flamenco Dancer – Ellie Kennard 2016

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58 Responses

  1. +phaga tasoon – thanks!

    +Rizqi Fahma thank you. 🙂

    Ravinder, we live in Nova Scotia, Canada. It does get hot here in the summer, but not usually much more than 30 degrees C and that's normally for only 3 or 4 weeks of the year. And we have cold (and snow) anytime from late October until mid May before it's all melted. We have no leaves on the trees until the end of May usually, some not until June. This year it seemed to be cool (around 10 degrees or less) right up until mid June.
    +Ravinder B

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  2. +Sunny Wu thanks!

    I think you spelled it fine, Joyce. It is a special one. +Joyce Fay

    +Prue Stopford​ and I know how much you love flowers, too. So if you say please, nicely, I'll send one to you. Oh I just remembered, there's a postal strike here so you wouldn't get it before winter or who knows when, if ever. You'll have to make do with looking at the picture.

    Thanks a lot, +Heiko Mahr​ – yes, it does feel it, at last!

    I'm glad you like them, that's just the way they are, too, +Ursula Klepper​! Thanks my friend.

    Thank you so much, Linda, I never met them until I was grown. +Linda Villers

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  3. Greta shot Ellie. Love that flower Mom use to have them and she had a green thumb. Like how you captured the light coming through the peddles. Almost makes them look transparent.

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  4. Simply fabulous!!! I can see why they remind you of Flamenco
    Dancers…..You are right…..they do look like
    Colorful Dancers!:-)) Have a wonderful day my friend!!

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