Flowers for Algernon


As I see the news, snow in Paris and the North-East, and read your posts, oh my friends in the North, I thought I would share a few flowers with you guys before Algernon eats them.  Have faith. Spring will come. Above: Alcatraces. Zantedeschia Aethiopica. (Sounds very impressive)


Jacaranda. February-March are normally glorious months for jacarandas here, but January and February were too cold for local standards. Less flowers on the trees this year.


Copa de oro (Solandra maxima) on the streets of Tlalpan.


Bouganvillea and azalea. The former always make me think of the French explorer, Monsieur de Bougainville, the first French sailor to complete the trip around the globe, and explore Tahiti and the Pacific in the 1700’s.


A glimpse of an orchid.


“Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower’s sweet…” (See Trini Lopez for further reference)


Another glimpse? Hurry! Hurry! Algernon is coming!

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Hibiscus on the street. (Hibiscus Sabdarrifa, or Jamaica flower is ground for juices)



The orchids are blooming well this year. This is the second plant we have. The third is already sprouting. After some trial and error, it seems we have found the right spot with the right light. 🙂


Algernon, the squirrel, loves fresh sprouts and the occasional flower. Above right. Left is the tangerine tree. As seen from my desk.


Three orchids so far on this one. More “flowers for Algernon”. (If you haven’t seen the movie, download it. It is a gem) (And a note to all of you real photographers who post splendid flowers, I will get a macro lens. One day)

Don’t you worry about the snow. We are sending Spring up North. Happy Easter y’all.

75 thoughts on “Flowers for Algernon

  1. I am jealous ! Seasons are too strong here to get these exuberant flowers.
    As far as Daniel Keyes’ Algernon is concerned the choice is an impossible choice. Charlie did not know, fortunately. He did not know the consequences of his default choice. Unfortunately, it did not take him very long to be conscious of his future … The end of the book is cruel and possibly very true.
    Many thanks for these magnificent flowers, Brieuc !

    • Sorry about the contrast! Truth is, the weather in Mexico is exceptional. I wanted to share those everyday flowers with you guys. The title came to me this morning as I was selecting the pix. Haven’t read the book but saw the movie twice. A masterpiece. Bon week-end et Joyeuses pâques Gilles.

    • I thought about you Memsahib, when the idea for this post came to mind. Azaleas are fairly common here. Maybe because of the altitude? (Don’t remember any in Kenya though). But it is a nice combo. Can’t complain about flowers… Happy Easter.

  2. Thanks for the flowers, mine had just raised their heads and got covered by the white cold carpet. Only a handful of them, early bloomers, managed to get a few real spring days to show their colors before that. But no photos this year, apart from those of the falling ceiling in the kitchen.

  3. Very pretty. I am not a big fan of bougainvillea because when we first got to Florida I had to trim a lot of it and did not know much about it. I soon learned how sharp and angry the thorns are on the plant. Here it is often planted so prevent intruders and it works. Hugs

      • Ya, now that I do not do our own lawns and gardens, I think they are growing on me. 😃😄😉😋😎 Not really. Love the colors though. Prefer hibiscus. Also plumbago. Hugs

      • Nature, unattended would swallow New York city. 🙂
        Plumbago? Didn’t know that flower. I will look for the local name. They look nice. Cheers.

    • Coincidences. I haven’t read the book. The film made a lasting impression. I saw it on its release, in ’69 or ’70. Loved it. Orange is a good colour. In the parking lot we have all shades of Bougainvillea, from white to orange to red to almost purple. 🙂
      Happy Easter.

  4. Thank you. I loved spring in Mexico. Here it’s still chilly and somewhat gloomy although my crocus, and daffodils are blooming, the Texas bluebonnets are springing up green, are as the tips of the iris. Rain tonight would be good. Glory in the spring, my friend, for hence comes the dry season!

    • As a child of the tropics, daffodils and crocus are “exotic” to me. I think I was ten when I saw my first. Such beautiful, delicate, yet strong flowers aren’t they? 🙂
      Yes Spring here is the best season.
      Happy Easter, Janet.

  5. I’m really partial to the jacaranda, one of the very few flowers I could recognise off a plant – tree in this case – and it turned out to be right!

    Love all the colours in your garden, here the daffodils have made an appearance but then it snowed, rained and snowed again on us.

    • I remember jacaranda from Kenya a long time ago. Here in Mexico there are many and some years the city turns all mauve. Sorry about the snow. It will get better soon. Ciao ciao

  6. Did you know that Zantedeschias are indigenous to South-Africa? We call them “varkore” (pig’s ears) in Afrikaans. They grow wild in watery areas and are also associated with graveyards. People used to put them on graves, because they could easily be found all over. We also call them “begrafnisblomme” (graveyard flowers).
    I love all your orchids!

    • I had no idea… my mother called them arums. In Mexico they are part of the local folklore. Dankie for two new words begrafnis (graf = grave right?) and bloomed which obviously is flower. 😉 and the orchids are great. We finally found the right spot in terms of light . It’s their third blomme cycle since we have them. Have you posted sthg from your Namibia trip?

  7. Oui, des fleurs! Elles se font timides par ici (trop froid, trop humide, cette année) mais ça vient doucement.
    “Des fleurs pour Algernon” est un chef d’oeuvre et l’un de mes livres préférés (moins fan du film qui est un peu mal fichu)

    • Oui j’ai presque honte d’avoir autant de soleil a ma disposition. Mal fichu le film? I’ll va falloir que je le revoie.. 😉 en reflechissant bien je crois que j’ai lu le livre il me semble voir la couverture.. a +

    • So much for global warming right? In Colombia right now it’s pouring rain… well. Tout vient a Point a qui sait attendre… (La Fontaine I think?) be good my friend

  8. Beautiful flowers. I have no luck with orchids they never last long. Thanks for sending up spring not quite warm yet but can “smell” it in the air.

    • A pleasure Robin. Yes I can imagine the smell.. orchids are very temperamental. Trick is to never give up on them. We had one for five years no deal until we found the right place. 🌻🌼🌸🥀🌺🌹🌷

    • I really thought of you and two others when the idea the idea for the flower post came to my head. 😊 what story? Flowees for Algernon? It’s a sixties book/film that made a great impression on me when I was in Senior high.

      • Oh, that was nice of you! We northerners need all the flowers we can get! 😄
        I meant that Monsieur de Bougainville was an explorer. Didn’t know that! But I already added Flowers for Algernon on my to-read list! ☺️

      • Oh that story. It just stuck in my head as a child in Africa. There were many Bougaivilleas. I asked my father why the name he told the story. I found then it was great to have a flower named after one’s name, especially since the name is complicated even in French.

  9. A perfect post to come back to, especially after the Easter holidays. There is hope that spring is on its way and here to stay ~ and your photos are proof that somewhere warmth, sunshine, and orchids and bougainvillea thrive. Cheers to a great week.

  10. well i’m always delayed writing….but i know seeing your flowers Brian well it’s why so many of us now know for sure we live in the north…sending warmth and thank you for all the colour and botanical beauty…amazing what grows 😀 smiles from fresh Alberta

  11. I love Bouganvillea. They grow well in San Francisco but ours froze this winter and looks like a stick bug right now. Oh well, on to plant something else. Don’t even think about orchids. Too hot too hot too hot.

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