by Dandy Lion
Sometimes we get so busy in life we forget to take the time to appreciate what is around us. A short walk through the Garden can always change that. During a stroll through the tropical garden, you might casually notice a beautiful passion flower. But take a little extra time and really observe the flower and what is happening. If you are lucky, you get to see a wonderful dance between a passing bee and the flower. A dance they have practiced for millennia.
The bee arrives looking for a sweet sip of nectar. It must crawl across an interesting flower. The flower petals and sepals spread out open like a dinner plate filled with purple spaghetti (the numerous filaments). Forming a small umbrella are arrayed five stamens and three pistils. At the end of each stamen hangs an anther, covered in pollen. The bee blindly crawls under this skid-plate shaped anther and collects the pollen on its back. As the bee lunges around looking for sweet juices, it will eventually rub up under one of three stigmas – the receptor for all that pollen. Each stigma is at the end of an arching style attached to the creamy urn-shaped ovary, where new seeds are formed. The busy bee has helped this passion flower start a new generation.
Now that you have enjoyed that brief moment of nature – GET BACK TO WORK.