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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

{Heavenly Hippeastrum Fragrantissimum}



Our years living and working in the tropical paradise of Indonesia, on the Island of Java, did leave of course several marks on us. If one loves nature; that is PARADISE! Right on the Equator, it is also called the Belt of Emerald, for it is so lush and green.
Next to our Villa, that the company rented for us in Wonosobo/Central Java, to live in, we found some interesting plants, fragrant and beautiful. So we dug them up as they were in an area that was abandoned and we would hate for them to wilt there. Turned out they were bulbs... and we did bring one home, washed off all its soil and prayed that it would survive the two-day trip home to the USA. We've made that trip in all, 21 times on +KLM Royal Dutch Airlines!
Maybe it becomes clear to you why I just love ANGELS and ROSES; all things ROMANTIC. For having spent over 1,500,000 miles in the skies, MY thoughts are forever changed. More aimed at the heavens! Spending that much time above the clouds, makes you look different at this little world I guess...
Let me now introduce this fragrant gem to you:

 Last year it bloomed on September 3

My husband Pieter, did bring this in on July 17 this year, but it turned out not being a great cut-flower...


Above shows an image of August 19.
This is the plant and from just one bulb we got some more over the years.
With a few plants you enjoy the different stages...


These images are taken before 8:00 AM with the dew still on their leaves...


Above image, before breakfast; Hippeastrum fragrantissimum looking at its very best!


This is at 5:30 PM... the edges start to turn brown and the bloom is going down fast.


Tomorrow another one will open up!


Buds for the day after tomorrow...
However short lived; but such an immense joy for having!
Besides, it brings back sweet memories of our life and work in Indonesia where we did live some three years and have done consulting for several decades. After all, we do have {Anita Anggraeni our Foster Daughter}, from Indonesia.
There have been debates about this being a Crinum lily but as I stated right in the beginning; this is a bulb. We do have Crinum lilies as well and they do produce their seedpods. This does NOT as it is a bulb.

7 comments:

  1. Liebe Mariette, ich stimme dir voll und ganz zu. Die Welt und das Denken relativieren sich, wenn man Blicke über den Gartenzaun wirft und das Schneckenhaus verlässt.

    Man selbst wird ganz klein und nimmt wieder Dinge als Luxus wahr, die vormals selbstverständlich waren. Auch der Blickwinkel verändert sich. Vor allem nimmt man die handgestrickten Problemchen längst nicht mehr so wichtig ;)

    Ich wünsche euch einen wunderschönen Sonntag - dieses Mal mit gutem Wetter und netten Stunden am Pool! :-)

    Ganz liebe Grüße und beso

    VINTAGE

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  2. Liebe Mariette,

    Ikea hat doch wunderbare und vor allem hohe Regale (80x202 - Billy). Aber auch andere. Nicht teuer und es gibt sie in weiß, schwarz, hell- und dunkelbraun. Soweit ich weiß, kannst du sogar online ordern. Oder gibt es gar in Atlanta einen store?

    Wir gehören übrigens zur Comuna Atlántida *bg*

    Liebe Grüße und mach morgen nicht zu viel - es ist Sonntag!!!

    VINTAGE

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  3. Liebe Mariette,wie wunderschön die Pflanze ist,die Geschichte von Anita ist wunderschön,es macht mich glücklich zu sehen was du für Anita getan hast.Wunderbar!Liebe Grüße Edith.

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  4. Hoi Mariette,

    Wat bijzonder dat je op Java hebt gewoond. Mijn vader heeft daar vroeger ook een flink aantal jaren gewoond en heeft er behalve vervelende ook nog veel goed herinneringen aan.

    Als ik mij de verhalen van mijn opa en oma herinner dan moet het inderdaad een paradijs op aarde zijn! De bloembollen die je hebt meegenomen komen in iedergeval prachtig uit!

    Fijne zondag!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

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  5. Lovely blog and post. Love the pictures of the flowers. Blessings.

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  6. Hallo Mariette,
    erstmal vielen Dank für deine lieben Worte zu meinem Katzenpost. Dass deine Katzenmama verschwunden ist, tut mir sehr leid. Ich hoffe, dass sich die kleinen Kätzchen prächtig entwickeln. Das Elend in den Tierheimen finde ich auch sehr schwierig anzusehen, aber jedes Tier, das von dort vermittelt wird, ist ein kleiner Erfolg. Zum Glück gibt es hier keine Fristen für die Vermittlung der Tiere - es können also alle Tiere da bleiben, leider auch manchmal jahrelang, was auch nicht so schön ist.
    Bin in Englisch sehr aus der Übung, daher habe ich auch nicht alles auf Anhieb verstanden, was du oben geschrieben hast, aber die Blume sieht toll aus! Hatte vor einigen Jahren auch mal Blumen, die morgens wunderschön geblüht haben, von denen man aber leider schon mittags nach der Arbeit nichts mehr sah, das sie verblüht waren...
    Noch einen schönen Sonntag!
    GLG Bianca

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  7. Hi Mariette, I'll tell you that I learn about more and more flowers go through several blogs, yours is a very interesting every post has a story, but hey you grow these plants are really beautiful and I think I read that you have a garden that your husband also grown, than good. having your home surrounded by plants must be wonderful. Here on the island, many kinds are grown, but being in the tropics, but there are those who resist the weather, the twelve months, most plants grow, I have seen in recent years I have seen that have brought great variety of plants exported, and we have projects where people do believe ingertos diversity of plants and flowers and plants that bear edible fruit. Rose Marie blessings

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