Friday, February 23, 2007

Pet Triffid

I have a pet Triffid. For those of you who haven't heard of these they arelarge carniverous plants which featured in the book, 'Day of the Triffids' by John Wyndham. When I was a kid the BBC did a television adaptation of it that scared the bejeezus out of me.

Basically it is a story about how these large carniverous plants break free (yep, they move) and attack humans as society crumbles after a meteor shower leaves the majority of the population blind. So it might seem weird that I have one on my kitchen windowsill. Well, actually it's an Amaryllis but it is a large plant and the flower does kinda look like a Triffid so that is what I have dubbed it.

My Triffid was a Christmas gift from my mother about five years ago and it has bloomed every year. It grows a long stem and then four blooms of the most beautiful orange burst open. It really brightened up my kitchen while it was in flower, especially this time of the year while we are waiting for spring to sprung.

I took the picture below when I came home from work the other day. The sun was streaming in through the window and I just had to get my camera. Enjoy!

23 comments:

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That Triffid looks like it's biding it's time before he comes and gets you!

Michele sent me here.

rashbre said...

I have a Mars plant.

I don't know what it is, but it looks like it comes from Mars and can rampantly invade areas without other plants. Its a sort of green thing with what look like suckers and has this white stuff when its cut back. It seems to burrow under concrete and can then pop up in entirely unexpected places. I keep it under control with a mixture of grins and violence and just make sure it never completely surrounds me.

Melody said...

Oww I think I remember that telemovie. Scared me something shocking if I remember correctly!! But what an awesome flower - I bet it does liven up your day when you look at it, just don't call it a triffid!!! *shudder*

Mr. Althouse said...

So beautiful, yet dangerous! I knew a girl like that once... But that's another story for another time.

Michele sent me,

Mike

Dachsies Rule said...

Beautiful! No triffid is getting our mom. We will protect her!

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

carli said...

You know, I really got hot when I saw Janet Scott fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills. :-)

Not sure if it's the same version, but I have a $1 video of the Howard Keel version somewhere around here.

Foster Dogs said...

Oooh, beautiful plant - but deadly!

Here via Michele's.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Your Amaryllis and mine could be sisters or cousins or twins! I just took some more pictures of mine and it is in a slightly dfferent place and the late afternoon sun was one it---Amazing how much that picture looks like one I took, too! (LOL)
I never thought about it, B-K but it does look like a Triffed...!

kenju said...

Beautiful, nonetheless!

craziequeen said...

I love your triffid.

I used to have triffids but I killed them all...... :-(

Cool movie on 'Saturday Night at the Movies' at the Palace tonight....no - not Boiler Room, that's for another week....

cq

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Michele sent me back, my dear...! I will have to post the Amaryllis picture I mentioned in my comment before...! Or email it! (lol)

Irish Church Lady :) said...

Very beautiful and matches your blog he he!

Shephard said...

That's a great photo! I like how the blossum divides the photo between black and white backgroud.
I love red. :)
~S

srp said...

Jean-luc picard is thinking about tribbles.

This color is gorgeous and deep and bright and you might just have to wear shades.. blindingly beautiful.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Good Morning Bob-Kat....Well, it is morning here, too! It's 1:23 a.m. here in L.A....I haven't been to bed yet, and you are now having your Sunday Morning...I hope you have a lovely day there in The U'K....later on, The Oscars will be held just down the hill from me, and I will be watching them on my TV like the rest of the world! (lol)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Ooooops! I forgot tp say that Michele sent me back to you, once again!

David said...

enjoy I did! here from michele,
that color is stunning,
Thank God for moms!

craziequeen said...

I still snigger at the sign that say 'Heavy Plant Crossing'...for obvious reasons!

:-)

cq
Michele sent me, hon....

Kristi Mantoni said...

Great pic as alway!

Sarch said...

Very nice coloring. It does help one make it through to the Spring time doesn't it?

Ps said...

This triffid makes me want to paint!Its so beautiful.

Katherine said...

Wow, that is so freaking cool! But wait, what does it eat?? It doesn't eat kitties, right?

Carmi said...

I'm glad you got your camera. This is a gorgeous shot.

Day of the Triffids was one of my favorite reads when I was a kid. I loved how deeply it freaked me out.