Timelapse Tuesday: 27 Sept: Watch the birdie

Sunny has not featured lately but he is still happy and healthy though he is moulting so not looking his most handsome. Today you can see him eating his favourite fresh food – calabrese; though he will eat lettuce too but virtually nothing else. You can treat this almost as a reaction test and try to stop it as he munches away, and there are a few flight images too. Have fun!

 

By the way, when he disappears he is either on a high perch or rummaging about in his sand!

Macro Monday answer

The mystery plant was a brugmansia.

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This particular plant is a seedling that I hoped would be wonderful. But it is not the best. Though the flowers are large and very scented, and have the merit of opening lime green and changing to white and then apricot as they age, the plants are huge and very upright and seem to be short-day plants, only producing buds from August onwards – not a good trait.

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White brugmansias always remind me of Georgia O’Keeffe, the American artist. I love her paintings even though the non-floral ones often have a touch of the gynecological about them! It was her paintings of daturas that first attracted my attention and that I still find the most alluring. I know that daturas and brugmansias are not quite the same but they are close enough! *

'Jimson weed' 1932

‘Jimson weed’ 1932 (Pics photographed from a book I bought)

 

'Belladonna' 1939

‘Belladonna’ 1939

And when I went to the American Southwest it made me appreciate her work more.

Datura wrightii (I think) near Lake Powell, Utah

Datura wrightii (I think) near Lake Powell, Utah

 

Santa Fe

Santa Fe

 

* As a quick rule of thumb they are a bit like stalagmites and stalactites. Mites and daturas face up and tites and brigmansias hang down.

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments on “Timelapse Tuesday: 27 Sept: Watch the birdie”

  1. joy
    September 27, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    I managed to see lovely shots of sunny enjoying his healthy food . hes looking very well and happy .

  2. derrickjknight
    September 27, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    Oh, how I wish our datura had flowered πŸ™‚

  3. karen
    September 28, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    I hadn’t heard the term jimson weed before. So beautiful. Shame it’s not Gimson, I would adopt it.

    • thebikinggardener
      October 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      The name is a corruption of Jamestown. Something to do with Jamestown Virginia where British troops ate the plants (whether by mistake or through hunger I assume) and spent a week in a hallucinogenic state.

      • karen
        October 2, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

        Oh, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the information. I definitely wouldn’t adopt it then. Not my kind of thing at all πŸ™‚

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