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February 16, 2014

I Can’t Break The Botanical Code, But I Can Appreciate The Beauty Of It…

Filed under: Commercial Grower Visit,photography,The Netherlands — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following yesterday’s post Family Kiwidutch are getting an insider look at commercial plant and seeding growing in The Netherlands. It’s not in our usual sphere of knowledge or interest but is a speciality of our visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” as member of some specialist horticultural societies back in Singapore.

She has in the past helped out with International conferences there and naturally made contacts through them, which resulted in her invitation to this place today. Our family happened to  be the happy hangers-on who were also welcomed since we are her friends and hosts whilst she is in the Netherlands.

I learn a new word: “bromeliad“, and that most of them originate from South America. I read the Wikipedia article (link below) but was already lost at the first sentance:  “The Bromeliaceae (the bromeliads) are a family of monocot flowering plants“… Monocot?  No clue what that is.  I looked that up too (link also below) and discover that these gardening types appear to write in code, indecipherable to people like me who do not sport green thumbs.

I supposed you either get it or you don’t.  I recognise my strengths and weaknesses and think it wiser to stick to detail of the artistic rather than the horticultural variety. I do though appreciate the beauty of the plants…the stunning colours and beautiful shapes, these “mama’s and papa’s” being breed to produce future generations of beautiful plants, they are gorgeously stunning in their beauty.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromeliaceae
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monocot

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