Sweet Temptation

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“Tempted by the fruit of  another

tempted  but the truth is discovered

what’s been going on

now that you have  gone

there’s no other

tempted by the fruit of another 

tempted but the  truth is discovered”

    – Squeeze, ‘Tempted’

 

Temptation.

It’s been going  on since Adam offered Eve off-the -menu fruit in the Garden of Eden.

And like an insect entering the above tropical plant, some forbidden things look alluring, but could lead to a sticky end.

The Squeeze song (still have the 45 single from back in the day!) was in the soundtrack to a movie I watched recently, and was played right at the end in a party scene, where are the characters nicely resolved all their sneaky affairs and tortuous relationships.

But that was a movie.

Tread carefully if tempted –  sweet nectar is isn’t always what it appears…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds Of Paradise

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Flora corner: Bird of Paradise (also called crane flower) plants seen on the weekend.

You either love or hate them, but they are striking and individualistic.

Mimicking a bird’s head with plumage or with petals like a bird in flight – take your pick – they make a statement of unique style that would be the envy of any fashionista.

Go with your own style I say – nobody totally inhabits it like you!

 

Mere Anarchy Loosed

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The next line of the W.B. Yeats poem featured in the previous post  The Widening Gyre goes like this:

“Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”.

This tropical themed garden features tigerish striped bromeliads, some with sharp points and serrations and is altogether an explosion of chaotic shapes and colours in every direction; botanic flares and shrapnel, an anarchic sprawl.

No neat flowerbeds planted in rows –  here there is the sense of the wild and  uncontrolled world that Yeats was on about .

 

New Babylon Hanging Gardens

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After yesterday’s post featuring crops in old tyres,here is a shot taken last week of plants out of their usual place.

Rather eyecatching vertical garden of ferns,epiphytes and other non-foliage dropping lovelies built into a wall of the building from which you enter Auckland’s main train station.Mirror glass,which can be pretty awful and impersonal,gives a cool kaleidoscopic effect,and  magnifies the small airborne jungle.Architectural thumbs up from me anyway(not that I know much).

The feature does give out a tranquil,calming aura in the midst of urban perpetual motion,as its creators have indeed suggested – but let’s face it, plants don’t give a f**k whether you’re running late for work or your train…