Val’s Garden

Val loves these really colorful Peruvian lilies, More correctly they are Alstroemeria, a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are also known as Lily of the Incas. These photos were taken just as the rain started.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Blooming Irises

My irises are out in all their glory. This little patch are all the same.

These two have decided to mix it up a bit. They are hanging out in another part of the garden.

These yellow ones are also quite striking.

This one though is a little shy.

This more intensely colored one is a water iris. I saved some seed from some wild ones in the creek, and now they perpetuate themselves quite willingly.

These little guys look like they want to call it a day.

Also for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Elm Tree Nursery

Some more images of flowers taken at my visit to the Nursery. This one below was rather large and also rather metallic!

This one was just perfect. Much more delicate than its neighbour above.

Also very delicate. I love the shades of purple in this one.

Look what was peeking out in the shade, through the shrimp plant. I’m not sure what this flower is, but I doubt its chance of survival in my sunny garden.

And this Abutilon, (chinese lantern) came home with me.

Thank you Christine. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

More Elm Tree Nursery

More images from my visit to the Elm Tree Nursery.

This first one is of tee tree flowers, Leptospermum Scoparium. Close up the flowers are striking.

I loved the pink colour of these two daisies. Until I started to take photos of daisies, (I have lots!), I’d never taken any notice of how the centres of the flowers change as the pollen comes and goes. I’m still not sure whether the yellow pollen comes first and then, as time goes by, reveals the amazing blue color in the centre or whether the centres start off blue and the yellow pollen emerges as the flower develops.

This is a photo of one of the cactuses, or I should more correctly say cacti. It was tiny. I love looking closely at the patterns in all sorts of flowers.

This one is a mystery to me. But it really caught my eye as I wandered past.

A few people commented about the color of this plant as the sun came out and the light caught it. I didn’t really do it justice, but I still like the shot

More flowers from the Nursery tomorrow.

At Elm Tree Nursery

I had a lovely day looking around this nursery with the Cohuna Garden Club and snapping some photos of the flowers. The Nursery is within a beautiful garden. Visit their Facebook page for more images of the garden.

At the moment the garden has an amazing display of clivias. The white ones were gorgeous, but the red and orange drifts were sensational.

Clivia

I found lots of flowers in shades of pink, through to red and brown. Even the foliage was impressive.

Spot the bee
Salvia

Chris has always got a variety of salvias, both growing in her garden and potted up ready to take home.

More images tomorrow.

What makes an iris an iris?

Theses are bearded irises.

Do you know why these are called bearded irises? It’s because these plants have beards. The beards are the hairy bits on the falls. On the irises below they are yellow colored.

What are the falls? They falls are the three petals that fall downwards from the centre of the flower. The three petals standing up are called standards.

Only bearded iris have beards. There are other types of iris. Crested iris, for example, have crests. Not to be confused with beards, crests are hairless raised ridges. Irises without beards or crests are called beardless irises.

This one looks menacing!!!

For Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.