We got a little behind with Mother’s day and skipped May. Bear with me as we unfold the June bloom of the month.
Bird of Paradise.
A tropical flower native to South Africa. The spathe out of which the blooms grow is at a 90′ angle to the stem. This gives the appearance of a bird’s beak with the petal of the bloom flying upward as the plumage on the head. However it is a shy bird and we have to coax the petals out individually.
It’s scientific name, Strelitzia reginae, honors Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen consort of King George III as it was grown in the royal botanic gardens in 1773. It has since been cultivated around the world in warmer climates. In the United States it is grown in California and Florida and is the official flower of the City of Los Angeles. Birds of Paradise symbolize liberty, magnificence and a good perspective.