We are nearly at the end of my recalling our California road trip from six years ago, but not much very exciting or worth reporting happened on this day, when we drove the 506 miles (814 km) from San Francisco to Elko, Nevada. I’ll have a few images from the next leg of the journey tomorrow, but for now I’d like to take a break and bring you one of the new iris that are just starting to bloom in our garden, with the start of summer only a week away.
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*Very* pretty iris! Bold and bright .. shining light :)
Quite right, happy sight!
The Greek word iris meant ‘rainbow,’ so it’s not clear how that came to be applied to flowers. According to Wikipedia, “Some authors state that the name refers to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species.”
Yup, that makes sense. I can also see how it applies to the iris that surrounds the pupil in the eye. I am fascinated by the details in macro shots of people’s (and animals’) irises.
Have you taken any like that yourself?
Affirmative, but it’s been some time, and I’ve not posted any. Something to consider though, thanks.
So nice to see. We just had our first real snowfall and it’s not melting. 😏
Good for you–at least I hope so. The first real snow is always very special to me.
Opened up full the droplets are very fine indeed.
There was a gentle all-night rain with almost no wind that gave me those. Love it when that happens.
Lucky you, such a beauty, and what a nice break this is for we Northern hemisphere folks. I love irises!
These grow right outside our kitchen window and there are close to a dozen blooms at present. They are glorious for a few days but then fade to be replaced by others. They were here when we bought the house and we love to see them flourishing each spring.
I’m not particularly fond of garden irises, but I adore our various native members of the iris family. This looks somewhat like a native I’d never seen until I got to east Texas. Is this one a native, or an introduced garden plant?
We don’t know, sorry. It was here when we bought the house. I’ve just looked through 734 photos of iris varieties in the Iris Garden shop here in NZ and was unable to find it. I welcomed your query and was hoping to satisfy our curiosity at last!
The one I like so much is in the Alophia genus – Iris family.
Great break subject, Gary. Those drops are magical and of course the colors delightful.
Thanks, Steve, I just wish I could put a name to it. May have to try to consult an iris society here.