Caper flower

16 May, '07

Caper flower (Capparis spinosa L.)

Caper flower (Capparis spinosa L.), originally uploaded by malyousif.



The first time this plant flowers with me. I bought this herb plant, the Caper (Capparis spinosa) from the recent Bahrain Garden Show and put it in a pot by the front door on a pedestal as it has a habit of "flowing" and it looks gorgeous in its place on a pedestal.

There are other buds forming so soon we might be able to enjoy a number of these delicate looking beautiful flowers.

Much better than eating their buds, this is a feast for the eyes, and it’s not even Friday yet!

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  1. Barry says:

    Mmmm capers. My favorite dish is chicken paillard made with capers. However, the plants are pretty in and of themselves. Your plants look a bit wilted from the flowers though (the stamens should stand upright). The plants grow in cracks in walls all over the mediterranean.

    I have a relative of it that’s native to California called Bladderpod – Isomeris arborea:

    http://www.newportbay.org/plants/lowresplant/bldpod01.jpg

  2. mahmood says:

    Thanks for the warning Barry! I just looked at this and you’re right, they should stand proud. I normally water this plant only once every couple of days but looks like with the advent of the hot weather I might have to water it daily now.

  3. Barry says:

    You’re welcome! Usually when plants flower they lose a lot more water through the flowers because the flowers don’t have all of those water conserving traits like the leaves do. I’d love to grow capers but I think we’re probably way too cool for them to do well here.

  4. Proud Bahraini says:

    Nice looking flower.

  5. Bonsaimark says:

    Mahmood,

    Did you ever try these water crystals? http://www.water-keep.com/ Many different firms make them and they do work very well. I have even used them in the greenhouse as a rooting medium with pretty good results for some species.

    I know I saw them in Bahrain but for the life of me I can’t remember what store it was.

  6. mahmood says:

    I was looking for those Mark, thanks for reminding me.

  7. Bonsaimark says:

    Now that I ponder the thought, I think I saw them once at the Daiso (sp?) store. Let me do some checking. Manazel had them at one point as well.

  8. mahmood says:

    do you remember where that store is? I can’t recall the name.

  9. Bonsaimark says:

    Mahmood,

    The Daiso store is on Palace Avenue in central Manama, about 8 blocks from AMH and the Manazel is in Isa Town. Don’t have the road it is on but I bet someone lurking around on the blog knows. I hope this helps.

  10. mahmood says:

    I know Manazel of course, but I’ve never heard of Daiso! Anyone?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Daiso in alhadi mall

    and they are going to open another branch near Home electronics in isa town

  12. Ingrid says:

    you have the most pretty pictures Mahmoud. National Geographic-worthy! Even though the flower might look a bit wilted..I really like the colours of the whole composition.
    Ingrid

  13. mahmood says:

    Thank you Ingrid, that’s so sweet!

    I came home this afternoon early especially to water it, but unfortunately it was too late, both flowers were well and truly wilted. Fortunately there are a few more buds on the plant so I hope to be able to post “healthy” pictures soon.

  14. M says:

    I’m with Ingrid; every time I look at your flickr stream, I think you should be doing a photography blog on the side! :biggrin: That artistic flair must be in the genes.

    Thanks for the Wednesday pictures.

  15. mahmood says:

    That’s when a CMS beats straight-forward blogging engines like this one. I did that while I used Xaraya in that you just click on a tab and you’re in the “album”, here, it’s a bit more involved and I haven’t had the gumption to pursue it further.

    But I have been thinking a lot about the layout of the blog over the last few weeks, making it look more like a “newsy” site with one main article being presented and everything else is links with a short summary and picture icons and that sort of thing. It’s still percolating in the gray matter that I might have to hire someone to code a new theme for me… we’ll see how it goes.

    For now however, enjoy my Flickr pages and thanks for the compliment!

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