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1st Bird of Paradise tale “doesn’t stand a chance!”

Pennsylvania Bird of Paradise

“Hey, ol‘ buddy! That wimpy looking Bird of Paradise you all grow down in Texas can’t even come close to the ones we grow up here in Pennsylvania! Looky here! Eat your heart out!” [Courtesy photo]



By Dan Bodine



Hee, hee! Tom Fuelmer,¬†and old friend in Pennsylvania, replied to my recent post on Bird of Paradise plants (allegedly) with a photo of the ones they grow there. To give other readers a view of this plant, I’m posting it here (above). Magnificent, no?

He’d mentioned in earlier correspondence couple years or so ago of tall bushes he and his wife had at their home. Wow! I thought. That sure takes the cake compared to the ones I’d posted from our garden here in El Paso! (below right, Mexican Bird of Paradise). Continue reading