Today’s Plant in the Dougherty Garden on August 10, 2017 – Bird of Paradise

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This is the Bird of Paradise in the Dougherty Garden as of August 11, 2017. It’s not a completely sunny area because the plant is surrounded by a Coconut and Solitaire palm trees but seems to be doing alright in this location. There are about ten Bird of Paradise plants in this cluster planting. I love when they sell these plants in garden centers to get the buyer’s attention because of the amount of plants in one pot. If you check the mature Bird of Paradise plant below, You’ll notice several Bird of Paradise plants in that large plant.

The Bird of Paradise plant is a plant that once it is comfortable, it will produce little pups from the base of the plant. The Bird of Paradise loves full sun and grows with out any problems. I did not have pest problems while this plant was in the Dougherty Garden. If you are careful, you can capture one of these little pups to give to a friend as long as you are able toget a section that has roots at the bottom.

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After taking a picture of the Bird of Paradise plant I took a picture of the most recent bloom om the plant. I’m anxious to do a disecction of this bloom when it dries out to see if the seeds are being produced.

This series of blogs will record for posterity some of the plants that were part of the Dougherty Garden over the years and some that are still are part of the Dougherty Garden. One of those plants is that of the Bird of Paradise. I originaly had a white Bird of Paradise and spent the beter part of a day removing it from the space that it as in in order to ret anothe rplant in the Dougherty garden. Last year I received a Bird of Paradise with a yellow flowers.

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This is the Bird of Paradise with white flowers that was a part of the Dougherty Garden. The Bird of Paradise was still a very active plant in the Dougherty Garden in 2011 when this picture was taken. It was a few years later that I decided that I had to remove the Bird of Paradise because it was growing really tall with new shots coming out on the bottom.

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It took a bit of time to remove the Bird of Paradise because I had to use a fold a way hand saw with a nice serated cutting edge to cut into each plant that was about four inched in diameter. After I removed all the top growth, I had to use the saw to cut into the rot system to make sure thsat I had completely removed the Bird of Paradise. IT’s a beautiful plant but I do have second thoughts thinking about what it wil look like in a few years.

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When I was taking the Bird of Paradise out of the ground I figured that it was an opportune time to capture as many seeds as possible before the plant was completely removed form the garden. Here are a few o the seeds that I was able to save at the time.

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More seeds when I finished with the Bird of Paradise.

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This is a dried out Bird of Paradise bloom that did not have any seeds when I dissected it after i cut it off.

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The Bird of Paradise flower emerging from the pocket.

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A Bird of Paradise fully emerged from the pocket of the plant.

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Another Bird of Paradise emerges in the area on the bottom of the Bird of Paradise.

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Another bloom of the Bird of Paradise in the process of drying out.

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Love the colors of this Bird of Paradise flower.

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And the final view of my Bird of Paradise plant from the Dougherty Garden. If you have any questions about the Bird of Paradise, I’ll try and answer your question. I’ll be making an index of sorts for all the plants that will be listed in the Dougherty Garden Plant of the day.

Enjoy growing green every day,

Marty Dougherty #babypalms #greendougherty

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