Kick it off with K

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OK so the post titles are becoming lame. But the Flower Fest is not!

K is the letter that is next up. Deadline is Feb 7, 2007. Please send in all your entries to flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com. The round-up will be posted shortly thereafter.

Round up for J

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Here comes the round up for J:

Japanese Lantern


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Priya has painted an exquisite watercolor of the Japanese Lantern, also known as the fringed hibiscus. She says she remembers seeing this hibiscus in India. The petals curve upward and hang down like lanterns, hence the name Japanese or Chinese Lantern.

Jasmine



Mythreyee sends in delightful pictures of the jasmines she grew. Her jasmines were white with a delicate fragrance. Check out her blog for more pictures and information on jasmines.

Jasmine sambac



Sree also has a lovely oil on canvas of a rose-like white jasmine for this parade of flowers beginning with J. She is so right - the fragrance of jasmine is woven into our day in so many ways!

Jasminum nudiflorum



Shilpa found these Jasminum Nudiflorum or winter jasmines when she strolled around her neighborhood earlier this week. They are a little weathered because of the unusual winter conditions in her neck of the woods. Here is what she says: "Native to China, this plant is commonly called winter jasmine and is a thick bush with flexible long stems. The tiny yellow flowers bloom from December to March and unlike other Jasmines are not fragrant. The stems remain green in winter and with these cheery funnel shaped flowers make an attractive combination and add color to the winter months."

Isn't that interesting? White fragrant jasmines that flower in summer and a yellow winter jasmine without a fragrance that flowers mainly in winter!

Johnny Jump up



Shilpa's second entry is Johnny jump up or Viola tricolor from the Violaceae family. She says:
"Johnny jump up is an European wildflower with vibrant blooms that are deep and rich in color. The flowers can be purple, blue, yellow or white.
They are also commonly called wild pansies as they are believed to be the ancestors of the cultivated pansy. They also get the name Johnny- jump- ups because they “jump up” and spread wild in the flowering season. The plants are usually found in fields, meadows, hill sides, parks, and also in home gardens where they are grown for their deep and bright colors. Some say the flowers are edible - the petals can be candied, added to soups and salads. The plant is also considered an herb and used to treat certain types of skin diseases."

Jacob's Ladder



Manisha tried her hand at watercolors and submitted a painting of Jacob's Ladder, a tiny flowering plant that is a relative of phlox family. It is an ornamental plant and is called Jacob's Ladder because of its succesive pairs of leaflets. She asks that you be gentle with her as this is her first attempt at a watercolor.

That's six beautiful entries for J.

If you have an entry for J, send it in to flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com and we'll add it to this round up. In the meanwhile, put on those thinking caps for K as it's just around the corner!

Juggle with J

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Juggle with J is what it's going to be for me, in more ways than one. I don't think I have a photo, which means opening that box of watercolor pencils and trying my hand at it. I am still praying though, that I might find something in my stash of photos!

So J has just begun! The deadline is January 24, 2007. Please send in all your entries to flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com. The round-up will be posted shortly thereafter.

Round-up of I

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I

It’s a Hap Hap Happy New Year!
To the folks at Flower Fest, the New Year has brought the letter I. We kick start it by showcasing these beautiful flowers which gently tug at us to take a break and enjoy the beauty they have to offer. Bright and cheerful, warm and enticing, here come the stars of I.


Indian Paintbrush by Priya

Priya has sent in this wonderful watercolor of the Indian Paintbrush.

Indian Paintbrush or Red Indian Paintbrush is a wild flower that is native to the Northwest parts of the United States and Canada. This state flower of Wyoming has an interesting tale behind its name. Read more and get to know this flower closely on her blog, from nature to me.

Ixora by Sree


Sree submits this lovely sketch of Ixora and this is what she has to say:
Ixora is a common flowering shrub. It can grow upto 1m in height and the blossoms are found in a variety of colors such as pink, red, yellow, white etc. They also come in a miniature version which is very often used in landscaping. Grows during the rains, its widely found in Kerala and is used as an offering (the red variety) to Goddess Durga.

Iris by Mythreyee


Mythreyee pitches in with this wonderful acrylic painting of Iris.
Iris is a genus of between 200-300 species of flowering plants with showy flowers which takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colours found among the many species. Read why she says this flower is of special interest as an example of the relation between flowering plants and pollinating insects here.


Indian Paintbrush by Manisha



Manisha has sent in two entries this time.

She has Indian Paintbrush as the first of her entries for the letter I. Manisha, we are glad you stopped to take these pictures on your hike and did not cave in to your friend’s teasing. She has dug up a lot of fascinating information on this wildflower. Read more about her story on her cool photo blog, Inner Lens and marvel at the superb pictures.


Iris by Manisha



As her second entry, she has Iris. Learn why she did not like them at first, and how she fell in love with them later, here



Iris by Gini


Gini too has chosen Iris and shares the picture of the Iris patch from her garden. She tells us that Iris is named after the Greek goddess, Iris and that it is believed to be the flower associated with the fleur-de-lis.


Indian Cress by Shilpa

Shilpa adds to this round-up with the picture of the bright and happy Indian cress. Also called Nasturtium, this plant is a low creeper, or forms a small bush, and has trumpet like flowers. The leaves, seeds, and flowers are edible, containing medicinal properties that have been used to treat urinary tract infections and to stimulate hair growth.

The flowers add a peppery and tangy taste to salads and the seeds can be used like capers.

Now isn't that a useful plant to have in a garden? And to make things even easier, they are very easy to grow, require little maintenance, and beg to be ignored - the perfect plant to grow if you are a busy or a budding gardener.


Innula by Anita


Anita found this lovely member of the daisy family on her trip to the Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas. It is found at high elevations and is much loved by butterflies. Check out the pictures on her blog!


Ipomoea by Vin



Vin has a spectacular digital art entry, Ipomoea. He has captured the 'light bulb' effect brilliantly in his painting. Ipomoea is commonly known as Morning Glory.

I hope all of you have enjoyed this round-up. It is so much more fun to get to know the flowers this way, isn't it? If you have some more information or pictures to share, please drop us a line at flowerfestival(at)gmail(dot)com.
Hope to see more contributors and contributions this year!


Incoming...It's I

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A very Happy New Year to all our contributors as well as our supporters and readers!

We've had a very successful run with over 40 entries since we started Flower Fest in September 2006. Entries have come in the form of paintings - watercolor, oils, acrylic, digital - and photographs. Each one, very beautiful and picturesque. The momentum is picking up and if you think you would like to join in the fun, it's never too late! We'd love to see your entries. Why not start with I?

Please send your entries for I by January 10, 2007. Please send in all your entries to flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com. The round-up will be posted shortly thereafter.