Round-up of I

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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!


8 comments:

Manisha

Shilpa, that's a great round-up and just like hibiscus stole the show for H, I was quite sure Iris would take it away for I!

Anonymous

Thats a wonderful roundup. Great Paintings and Photographs.

Anonymous

Great round-up Shilpa! Iris seems to have won the Popularity crown in this round-up. Sree, Mythreyee, Manisha, Gini and Shilpa - each of you have contributed beautiful sketches, paintings and photographs. Every round helps us in identifying flowers that we normally may not have seem to recognise.

Anita

I am late...but I'm going to put up mine nevertheless! The paintbrushes are such pretty flowers.

Manisha

Anita, thanks! I'll update the post with your entry this weekend!

Vin

I am late too. But I finished my I flower anyway. Put up on my blog. Please visit.

Manisha

No probs, Vin! I've updated the post with your entry, too! It's beautiful!

shilpa

Ah, more addition to the list. Nice!

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