It’s the big sister to the rudbeckia, also know as black Eyed Susan. It does not have such black eyes, but it is a member of the same family. I have a patch of them in my garden and they are the last to flower during the year. Now is their time to show what they have got.FOTD 27th February 2020: Rudbeckia Laciniata
I think I am becoming an orchid nerd. I would buy one now and again. They flower for at least three months, and you always have something at home. I kept the spent plants, hoping that they would flower again, but they never did. I should have thrown them away and not kept them.
However I put them outside on the porch and almost forgot them, until……, I noticed that there was a strange bump on a stalk. And then another spent orchid followed and also had bumps. They all had bumps and now 1-2 months later they all have flowers. Now the problem is that I have almost no room for my flowering orchids. I still have two orchids that are just stalks. That was until I took a closer look today and discovered that they too are producing flower bumps.
The local store has a new selection of orchids. Up to now I have resisted, but I am sure I could find a space somewhere.FOWC with Fandango: Nerd
The bee connection was made
Found the flower for his mood
Nectar and pollen was plenty to eat
The bees favourite food
I take photos of a lot of flowers, but the protea nutens really got me. I am sure if triffids existed (and they might – you never know) they would look like this. Never touch a protea, you might change into one.August Photo a Day Challenge: 27. Distinctive
Looks like the planes took over this morning. When I looked up for a cloud or two I saw this interesting pattern of traces left behind by the planes that fly overhead. Most of them are from Zürich Airport which is about 120 kilometres to the East, but some are just planes passing through. Almost an hour later there are still new ones appearing. Looks like travel is beginning again as we are having to get used to living with Covid 19.
Otherwise nothing really special happening here. It seems the new WordPress block system has now got into my blood stream whether I like it or not. I do not mind, but sometimes too much choice is not so good. I have now got used to where the various blocks are on the system, but now and again they invent a new one which pushes them all into a different position in their scheme, meaning I have to search for the one I want.
There is a lot of talk of it all being based on encouraging business on the web site. This may be, my only business being cleaning the apartment and looking after the family and perhaps my orchids. I have never visited a business site and do not intend to. I get some strange messages on my blogs now and again, so just a word of warning. If anyone anywhere writes “nice blog” and visit mine, supplying his web address, it will be removed from my comments. I visit many other blogs because I want to and not because someone tells me to. Any remarks on my blogs which look a little strange are removed. It is my blog and I decide what is there.
Yesterday I was again in town for some shopping. I parked my scooter, as always, in front of the store. It is on the row where people park their bikes, so sometimes it can get quite crowded with a bike on either side, but I am now getting used to the routine. Here you can see my walker next to the scooter which I can take with me by hanging it onto the back of the scooter, which is ideal. I can now walk around in the store and choose what I need and I can also take our empty plastic bottles with me to put in the recycling bin. I must say my 10 kilometres an hour speed now gets me to the store in 15 minutes. I also get some nice scenery to see on the way.
I always scooter past our war memorial: not such an impressive statue, but there is a flower bed next to it. Astonishing that we actually have one, not really officially partaking in any wars, being neutral.
I noticed they had left the door to our Jesuit church open, so I got a peep at the inside. If it is again left open I might just make a stop, unsaddle my walker, and make a visit to the inside for a few photos. I have not been inside for some years. When No. 2 son belonged to the cathedral choir he would perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio there. It was really good surrounded by the wonderful inside architecture. I am not a church going person, but enjoy the atmosphere. Sorry the photo is a bit dark and you can only see the reflection from the gold coloured ornament, but the doors are quite interesting.
There are aways people relaxing in town on the various benches supplied, and sometimes even sitting on the ground. This is a our so-called Bare Feet alley (Barfüssergasse) although do not ask me why. It is full of little shops, mainly boutiques and special suppliers and I remember many years ago my hairdresser was there.
I got my two bags full of groceries, deposited them at the store to be brought home by our delivery organisation and travelled on home.
One of my last views of the town was another narrow alley with its small shops and restaurants. I do not often wheel down them in my scooter as it can get a little bumpy on the cobblestoned paths.
Yesterday evening I uploaded my wheelchair and will probably be off on a small excursion this afternoon, but this time in the countryside more. I have organised our gardener to come today. It is time to have our hedges cut for the last time before the colder weather arrives and generally have everything tidied up.
I wish you all a good day, may the weather be with you and death to all hairy peas drifting in the air and causing health problems. Our corona cases seem to go and up and down in our area, but compared to other countries, Switzerland is managing.