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A Bird of Paradise or a Strelitzia?

While working on our latest range, we had many late night sessions and of course a couple of days where all we did was research over a cup of tea and with the help of our in house designer and inventor Amanda, we couldn't go wrong!  The big question however was, how will people know what we are talking about when referencing this specific flower?  Do you call it a bird of paradise (which is the way I would describe it, or a Strelitzia?  And why do people call these flowers "Birds of paradise?" And did you know that the locals in South Africa also refers to them as the "Crane" flower?

All of the above is completely understandable, because when you look at them as a whole plant, they depict a flock of birds departing by the spiked bright orange and blue petals.  They are mainly found in the Kwazulu-Natal and Cape Provinces, and in my garden in Johannesburg...... yes I had to put it in here!

It has become a very popular source of inspiration in fine art, and now we at Stitch&Steel have incorporated it into an art piece within our watches that can be worn as a reminder of the royal bearing within each of us and to celebrate or pursue our freedom

I think the most wonderful thing about this flower is the message behind it and I hope this will inspire you today, as much as it has inspired me!

"Stay open to new possibilities and seek your freedom wherever you can find it.  Explore the world with a sense of optimism and excitement"