Iris sp.: Tall Bearded [TB] Iris

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Tall Bearded irises have stalks with a height of 70 cm [27 1/2 inches] and above, with branching and many buds. Each stalk, in itself, makes a stately arrangement in the garden or in a vase. In addition to a wide variety of colors and patterns, the TBs display other qualities such as ruffling and lacing more frequently than do the other classes.

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Types of Irises

Irises are classified into two major groups, Rhizome Irises and Bulbous Irises. Within those groups are countless species, varieties, cultivars and hybrids, according to the American Iris Society.

Rhizome Irises are thickened stems that grow horizontally, either underground or partially underground. After planting, iris rhizomes produce sword like leaves that overlap, forming flat fans of green foliage. Three popular irises in this group are Bearded, Beardless and Crested Irises.

  • The bearded iris has four distinct parts: the Standards, Falls, Stigma flaps, and Beard
  • The beardless variety has: Standards, Falls and Stigma flaps, but usually have crests
  • The crested Irises or Evansia Iris has: Standards, Falls and Stigma flaps and in addition to a ridge on the falls of the blossom, they have ridges like crests instead of beards

Crested irises are often considered in the same manner as the beardless iris. These plants spread freely by underground stems and produce flat flowers in the shades of blue, violet and white. Often the flowers and leaves are found on bamboo like stems which can vary in height from 5-200 centimeters in height.

Varieties of Bearded Iris: Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris, Dwarf Bearded Iris,  Intermediate Bearded Iris, Border Bearded Iris, Miniature Tall Bearded Iris, Tall Bearded Iris

Varieties of Beardless Iris: Siberian Iris, Japanese Iris, Louisiana Iris, Dutch Iris, Yellow Flag Iris, Blue Flag Iris

Bulbous irises grow from bulbs that require a period of dormancy after they have bloomed. The bulbous irises are typically smaller than rhizome irises and usually produce smaller blossoms. 

Photo: AtlantaGA [20060405]

Source: American Iris SocietyThe Flower Expert

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Narcissus cv. ‘English Style’

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Narcissus English Style: At first glance, each blossom looks almost like a Carnation, with rings of creamy yellow outer petals and a tufted, frilly darker yellow and deep orange center. This new, fully Double hybrid of the award-winning ‘Tahiti’ is sunproof as well. Large, bright Narcissus blooms are for many gardeners the first visible signs of spring.

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Narcissuses [daffodils] are bulbous perennials which are usually planted as dry bulbs in autumn [fall] to flower the following spring. Once established they flower reliably every year, with variously trumpet-shaped flowers in a range of colours, mostly shades of white and yellow. The central trumpet [corona] and the outer petals [perianth] often have contrasting colours. Breeders have produced a huge range of sizes and shapes in these flowers, which are among the most popular of all plants in cultivation.

Plants are grouped by the Royal Horticultureal Society into 13 divisions, each describing a particular growth habit and flower shape. All are of garden origin except group 13.

  1. Trumpet: solitary flower with corona (trumpet) longer than perianth (outer petals)
  2. Large-cupped: corona shorter than perianth
  3. Small-cupped: corona less than ⅓ of the length of the perianth
  4. Double flowered
  5. Triandrus: reflexed perianth, short corona
  6. Cyclamineus: angled flowers, reflexed perianth, long corona
  7. Jonquilla: scented, late-flowering, shallow cupped
  8. Tazetta: multiple flowers, scented, autumn-spring flowering
  9. Poeticus: scented, white perianth, small corona
  10. Bulbocodium: large corona, small perianth
  11. Split corona
  12. Other
  13. All wild species and hybrids

Earlier post on Narcissus sp.: Daffodil, Narcissus 

Photos: AtlantaGA [20060405]

Source: Wikipedia

Taraxacum officinale: Common Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion [simply “dandelion”], is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae [Compositae]. It can be found growing in temperate regions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides, on disturbed banks and shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils.

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Taraxacum officinale is considered a weed, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but it is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation. Common dandelion is well known for its yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver tufted fruits that disperse in the wind called “blowballs” or “clocks” containing many single-seeded fruits called achenes. Each achene is attached to a pappus of fine hairs, which enable wind-aided dispersal over long distances.

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Photos: AtlantaGA [20060405]

Source: Wikipedia

Wisteria frutescens: American Wisteria

Wisteria frutescens [American Wisteria] is a woody, deciduous, perennial climbing vine, one of various wisterias of the Fabaceae family. It is native to the wet forests and stream banks of the southeastern United States, with a range stretching from the states of Virginia to Texas and extending southeast through Florida, also north to Iowa, Michigan, and New York.

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American Wisteria can grow up to 15m long over many supports via powerful clockwise-twining stems. It produces dense clusters of blue-purple, two-lipped, 2-cm-wide flowers on racemes 5–15 cm long in late spring to early summer. These are the smallest racemes produced by any Wisteria. 

Photo: AtlantaGA [20060405]

Source: Wikipedia

Cornus florida: Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida [flowering dogwood] is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae native to eastern North America, from southern Maine west to southern Ontario, Illinois, and eastern Kansas, and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas.

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Flowering dogwood is a small deciduous tree growing to 10 m [33 ft] high, often wider than it is tall when mature. The leaves are opposite, simple, ovate, 6–13 cm [2.4–5.1 in] long and 4–6 cm [1.6–2.4 in] broad, with an apparently entire margin; they turn a rich red-brown in fall.

The flowers are individually small and inconspicuous, with four greenish-yellow bracts 4 mm [0.16 in] long. Around 20 flowers are produced in a dense, rounded, umbel-shaped inflorescence, or flower-head, 1–2 cm [0.39–0.79 in] in diameter. The flower-head is surrounded by four conspicuous large white, pink or red “petals”, each bract 3 cm [1.2 in] long and 2.5 cm [0.98 in] broad, rounded, and often with a distinct notch at the apex.

Photo: AtlantaGA [20060405]

Source: Wikipedia

Hornungia alpina: White mustard flowers

Hornungia alpina is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae. It is native to the mountains of Southern and Central Europe, as far south as northern Spain [Pyrenees and Cordillera Cantábrica], central Italy and the Republic of Macedonia , and is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.

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Hornungia is a small genus of plants in the mustard family.

Photo: AtlantaGA [20060402]

Source: Wikipedia

Thymus serpyllum: Creeping Thyme

Thymus serpyllum, known by the common names of Breckland thyme, wild thyme or creeping thyme, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to most of Europe and North Africa. It is a low, usually prostrate subshrub growing to 2 cm [1 in] tall with creeping stems up to 10 cm [4 in] long. The oval evergreen leaves are 3–8 mm long. The strongly scented flowers are either lilac, pink-purple, magenta, or a rare white, all 4–6 mm long and produced in clusters. The hardy plant tolerates some pedestrian traffic and produces fragrances ranging from heavily herbal to lightly lemon, depending on the variety.

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Wild thyme is a creeping dwarf evergreen shrub with woody stems and a taproot. The leaves are in opposite pairs, nearly stalkless, with linear elliptic round-tipped blades. The plant sends up erect flowering shoots in summer. The usually pink or mauve flowers have a tube-like calyx and an irregular straight-tubed, hairy corolla. The upper petal is notched and the lower one is larger than the two lateral petals and has three flattened lobes which form a lip. Each flower has four projecting stamens and two fused carpels.

Photo: AtlantaGA [20060402]

Source: Wikipedia