Lavender Will Fill Your Garden with Beautiful Blooms and Tons of Fragrance
This popular herb is most loved for its refreshing scent and long-lasting flowers that attract pollinators.
Iris - Perennial Bulb with a Majestic Appeal - The Gardening Cook
Iris is one my favorite bulbs. I remember that my mother used to have them in all her garden beds, and when I see them now, I get very nostalgic.
Fortune Japanese Iris: An arresting sight in the sunny to partly shaded garden, 'Fortune' is a huge-flowered Japanese Iris with small, intensely colored violet standards and large, outstretched, handsome white falls, often lightly veined in violet as well. A long-lasting and quite breathtaking cutflower, it also shines in the garden, attracting butterflies and gasps of admiration.
PlantFiles Pictures: Butterfly Iris 'Summer Candy' (X Pardancanda norrisii) by Epiguy
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PlantFiles: Dietes Species, Butterfly Iris, Fairy Iris, Fortnight Lily, Large Wild Iris
Butterfly Iris (dietes grandiflora) -- sun/part shade (am sun good, blooms less in shade), tolerates drought when established, attracts bees/butterflies
Dark Queens and Black Knights
The quest for Black Flowers started when I came across the Black Garden in the Jardin de l'Alchymiste near Avignon. There they have a quite interresting "room" all dedicated to the colour black - all planted with glossy Aeoniums. This was the starting point of my inquiery into the realm of black plants - and indeed I was quite surprised of how many there are by now. Obviously the petals embrace shades ranging from dark purple to chocolate or ink blue, since nature abhores absolute blackness…
Bird Photography - Birds and Blooms
Though it can sometimes be a challenge, bird photography is a wonderful past time both shutterbugs and birding enthusiasts can enjoy. These bird photography tips are straight from the experts!