Posts Tagged ‘Flowers’

Iris in our Yard

May 23, 2017

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I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Betsy and I love flowers and we enjoy having them in our yard.  But what type of flower works best for us?  Betsy loves tulips, but so do the chipmunks that live around us.  Roses are beautiful, but they take a lot of work.  We both like lilies, but so do chipmunks and deer.  As you can see, finding the perfect flower to grow here in the is not easy.

We have had success with iris however, and this year they have been putting on quite a show.  The iris above is Eugenia King.


Bountiful Harvest is one of Betsy’s favorite irises.  She really likes the colors of this one.


Cantina is one of my favorites.  I love the purple color with the steaks of blue in the falls.


Eggnog has a vibrant color, but I almost always get thirsty when I see this iris.


I really think Goodnight Kiss is a beautiful iris, but I really like the goodnight kisses of my Beautiful Bride much better.

Autumn Iris

November 8, 2016

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Betsy and I are fortunate to be able to enjoy iris at various locations in our yard.  I like iris not only because they are beautiful but also because they require relatively little care (unlike our roses!).

When Betsy and I started getting serious about our yard, we discovered that there were such things as reblooming iris.  Most of the iris we have are rebloomers, so we can enjoy the blossoms twice a year.  It’s rather like doubling our pleasure.

The iris in the header is Cantina.  This beauty has been in our yard for several years, and I always marvel at the color.

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Clarence is another iris that we’ve enjoyed over the years.  It is in the flower bed near the road, so we share it with people passing by.

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One of our newer iris is Lemon Duet.  This is actually the first time it has bloomed for us in October, but we’re very glad it did.

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My Friend Jonathan has been a good friend and has put on a spring and autumn show ever since he joined our yard.

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Double Your Fun is a newer iris for us as well.  The drought kept it from developing normally, but the colors are still gorgeous, so I could leave it out.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our autumn iris blossoms as much as we do.

The Women in My Life

August 23, 2016

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They say confession is good for the soul.  I hope ‘they’ are right, because I feel I really should confess about some of the ladies in my life.  If you go beyond this paragraph, however, you have to promise not to tell Betsy about my confession.

One of the first ladies I see each summer is Janice Brown.  She’s very pretty and perky, as you can tell by the photo above.

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I must admit to being partial to blondes, and the bright yellow of Carolyn Criswell is always a delight to see.

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Judith is somewhat shy, but she is always a joy to have around.

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I have a great deal of Irish in me, so I suppose it’s natural that I’ve been drawn to Dublin Elaine.  In my mind there aren’t many like her in this world.

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Of course it’s hard to think of the Irish without picturing fiery redheads.  Lady Lucille definitely fits that description.

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Last, but not least, is Lady Elizabeth.  I suppose I shouldn’t feel too guilty about seeing her; after all Betsy’s first name is Elizabeth.

There — you have my confession.  I wonder when I’ll start to feel better?

Spring Has Sprung

March 26, 2015

2015 -- FFG Spring Flowers (March Daffodils)

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In the last few days we’ve had beautiful weather and Spring bulbs have burst into bloom.  We have several varieties of daffodils in our flower beds, and these have all brightened our days this week.

Unfortunately, we’re predicted to have two nights of below-freezing temperatures Friday and Saturday.  We can only hope we have some of these blossoms around on Sunday morning.

Our World: Candy in Our Yard

July 28, 2014
Custard Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 20, 2014.

Custard Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 20, 2014.

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All of these pictures were taken in mid-June, but I wanted to share some of our ‘candy’ with you.  These candies contain absolutely no calories, and so can be enjoyed as often as desired without any weight gain whatsoever.

Custard Candy was the first of our candies.  We now have two different clumps of Custard Candy.  One is on the side of the house where we can enjoy it from the deck.  The other clump is in the flowerbed near the road in front of the house.

Strawberry Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 21, 2014

Strawberry Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 21, 2014

Strawberry Candy is also in the bed along the side of the house.

Elegant Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 21, 2014.

Elegant Candy Day Lily, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. June 21, 2014.

We have a large clump of Elegant Candy along the road.  We both like the color of this day lily.

Wineberry Candy Day Lily, Faiarfield Glade, Tennessee.  June 19, 2014.

Wineberry Candy Day Lily, Faiarfield Glade, Tennessee. June 19, 2014.

Wineberry Candy is the last of our candies.  It, too, is along the road in front of our house and puts on quite a display that we, and the people traveling along the road can enjoy.

The nice thing about the day lilies along the road is that they are all rebloomers, and will bloom again in the autumn.  It’s just a good thing these candies aren’t fattening — we enjoy them so much.

Our World: Biltmore Orchids

July 7, 2014
Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina.  June 14, 2014.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina. June 14, 2014.

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Betsy and I have had annual passes to Biltmore House and Gardens for several years now.  We get over there several times a year to enjoy the gardens and the grounds of the estate.  But we almost always stop at the Conservatory to visit the Orchid Room as well.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina.  June 14, 2014.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina. June 14, 2014.

We don’t grow orchids — I’m not sure we could be successful at it — but we certainly enjoy the beauty and variety of the orchids being grown at Biltmore.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina.  June 14, 2014.

Orchid in the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Caroliina. June 14, 2014.

Just when it seems we’ve seen just about every possible color and pattern, we turn a corner and see something else which is simply spectacular.

These pictures were taken on a June, 2012, visit to Biltmore.

Our World: Iris in Our Yard

June 2, 2014
Orange Harvest Iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 7, 2014.

Orange Harvest iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 7, 2014.

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We’ve been fortunate to have some beautiful iris blooming in our yard this Spring.  Iris are quite easy to care for, and when they have marvelous blossoms they are doubly delightful.  The iris above is Orange Harvest.  It’s easy to see how this iris got its name.

Floor Show iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 7, 2014.

Floor Show iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 7, 2014.

Floor Show is a very interesting bicolor iris.  We have it in a couple of different places in our yard.

Hell's Fire iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 7, 2014.

Hell’s Fire iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 7, 2014.

Sometimes the blossom is much prettier than the name.  Hell’s Fire is not exactly a name I would pick, but I do like the color.

Electric Shock iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 8, 2014.

Electric Shock iris, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 8, 2014.

We also have Electric Shock is a couple of places in the yard.  It has a very showy blossom that stands out very well.

Our World: Spring Puts In An Appearance

April 14, 2014

 

Crocus in our yard, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 15, 2014.

Crocus in our yard, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 15, 2014.

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Purple crocus 'volunteers' in front of our house.  March 15, 2014.

Purple crocus ‘volunteers’ in front of our house. March 15, 2014.

I was beginning to think that Spring would never make it up on the Cumberland Plateau here in Tennessee. It seemed that every time we had a nice day in March, we would have freezing rain or snow tow days later.

Crocus in bloom.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 15, 2014.

Crocus in bloom. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 15, 2014.

But in spite of the reluctance of Old Man Winter to leave, we finally had some crocus pop up in the yard. The critters seem to think that crocus bulbs make a delicious treat, so we had mostly single flowers or small clumps of blossoms.

Crocus blossoms, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 15, 2014.

Crocus blossoms, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 15, 2014.

But be that as it may, at least they brought some color to the yard and a promise of more blossoms to come.

Our World: Tiny Flowers

August 12, 2013
Sempervivum blossoms, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  July 7, 2013

Sempervivum blossoms, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. July 7, 2013

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While many of our roses, lilies and day lilies have large blossoms, our yard is home to some tiny flowers as well.  We have planted Hens and Chickens (Sempervivum) in several places in our yard.  Hens and Chickens are wonderful succulents that look good year around.

Hens and chickens blossoms, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  July 10, 2013.

Hens and chickens blossoms, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. July 10, 2013.

In spite of their name — Sempervivum means ‘always alive’ — hens do die out.  But they blossom before they die.  The flowers are tiny, but they are pretty.

Sempervivum blossoms, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  July 10, 2013.

Sempervivum blossoms, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. July 10, 2013.

When the hens die, their chickens grow to take their place.  It’s a shame the hens have to die, but what a way to go!!

Our World: More Iris from Our Yard

July 15, 2013

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All of the pictures in this collage were taken in our yard during May.  And although all of our iris blossoms are now gone, some of these will bloom again in autumn, so we will be able to enjoy them again.

The iris on the top left is Autumn Bugler, while Stellar Lights is on the right.  The irises on the bottom, from left to right, are Cable Car, Electric Shock, and English Charm.