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Cassia fistula photographed in South Lake Tahoe. (If I have misidentified, please kindly let me know in comments and I will change it.)

“{It is} commonly known as golden shower, purging cassia, Indian laburnum, or pudding-pipe tree,” according to Wikipedia.

“{It} is a flowering plant in the subfamily, Caesalpinioideae of the legume family, Fabaceae. The species is native to the Indian subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia. It ranges from eastward throughout India to Myanmar and Thailand and south to Sri Lanka and southern Pakistan.

“It is a popular ornamental plant and is also used in herbal medicine,” Wikipedia’s description continues. “It is both the national tree and national flower of Thailand. It is the state flower of Kerala in India. It is the provincial flower of North Central Province in Sri Lanka.

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Monarch butterflies in Pacific Grove’s Butterfly Grove. © Please share, if so inclined.

Man must be the seeker after the Reality, and he will find that Reality in each of the Sanctified Souls. He must be fascinated and enraptured, and attracted to the divine bounty; he must be like the butterfly who is the lover of the light from whatever lamp it may shine, and like the nightingale who is the lover of the rose in whatever garden it may grow. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Excerpt from Some Answered Questions. Author: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990 reprint of pocket-size edition. Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Photo © The Flower Photographer of Silicon Valley. The quote in the photo has been shortened for artistic purposes only.

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Oxalis imported from Humboldt County to our former Cupertino home. © GTFS. Please share, if…

It’s Flowers on Friday on Twitter. All of the fanatical political battles should take a breath and experience all the beauty that flower-lovers post. Bright, lovely flowers that show the beauty of this fantastic world. Take a few minutes off from the doom-and-gloom and the “othering” of those with whom…

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White Licorice rose. © The Flower Photographer/Glenn Franco Simmons.

The White Licorice rose can surprise you with its light yellow to white. In the photos I took, the yellow was a strong, vibrant yellow.

This disease-resistant Floribunda was registered as Wekdidusinra and its trademarked name is White Licorice™.

Bred by Christian Bédard in the United States in 2009, White Licorice was introduced into the USA by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower Inc. in 2011 as “White Licorice.”

I’ve found the yellow can range from light to a strong, vibrant yellow. Its strong lemon-licorice fragrance is a delight, as are the 26 to 40 pedals at full bloom (depending upon the plant’s size that ranges from approximately 31 to 47 inches in height). The pointed, ovoid buds are great for cut flowers. White Licorice is also good in beds and borders. You will not be disappointed.

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On Twitter, there is “Rose Wednesday” (#rosewednesday), if you tire of the political battles that seem to occupy so many people. I posted this photo and the photo below, plus one I’ve already posted to Medium a short time ago. This rose is Cherry Parfait. It is a beautiful creamy red and white rose. Photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.

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Glenn Franco Simmons

Glenn Franco Simmons

Photography is my passion; flower photography is my art. Welcome to my floral page, a departure from what you usually see on Medium. Enjoy.