Round up for L

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Folks at Flower Fest have come up with some gorgeous blooms to celebrate the fever of love which is still in the air.

Lotus from Prashanth:


(Medium: Photography)

Prashanth debuts his participation in the Flower Fest with a glorious picture of the Lotus on Pookoot Lake. Please welcome Prashanth! And we hope to have more beauties from him for subsequent letters!

Lenten Rose from Shilpa:


(Medium: Photography)

Shilpa was surprised to see this beautiful blook in the middle of winter, with such bright green leaves when everything around it was bare and brown! It was the Lenten Rose. But is it a rose? Find out on Shilpa's new blog, An Eye on Nature.

Lily from Mythreyee:


(Medium: Photography)

Lily belongs to the genus Lilium. There are about 100 species in the lily family, Liliaceae. They are important as showy and large flowered garden plants, and in literature. Lilies are native to the northern temperate regions. Their range in the Old World extends across much of Europe, the north Mediterranean, across most of Asia to Japan, south to the Nilgiri mountains in India, and south to the Philippines. In the New World they extend from southern Canada through much of the United States. A few species formerly included within this genus have now been placed in other genera. Lilies are usually erect leafy stemmed herbs. The majority of species form naked or tunic-less scaly underground bulbs from which they overwinter. The large flowers have three petals along with three petal-like sepals, often fragrant, and come in a range of colours ranging through whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds, purples, bronze and even nearly black. Markings include spots, brush strokes and picotees. The plants are summer flowering. For more on the lily, visit Mythreyee's blog.

Lagerstroemia Indica from Shilpa:


(Medium: Photography)

Also from Shilpa, the Lagerstroemia Indica or the Crepe Myrtle have striking flowers in summer, brilliant foliage in fall and the stark, attractively gnarled look of the tree in winter provide year-round beauty to gardens and parks. REad more on Shilpa's new blog!

Lily of the Valley from Sree:

(Medium: Oil on canvas)

The National flower of Finland has an interesting tale. Also called 'Our Lady's tears', legend has it that the tears Mary shed at the cross turned to Lilies of the Valley. These sweet scented spring flowers are native to Asia, Europe and North America. Very occasionally they also grow in a shade of pink. Flowers are hardly bigger than a centimeter. Leaves used in the right quantity are medicinal and otherwise poisonous. These blooms belong to the species - Convallaria majalis.

Lantana Camara from Priya :


(Medium: Watercolor, size 4 by 4.5 in)

Teeny-tiny in size and colorful in appearance, Lantana Camara is a native of America and Africa. These are small clusters of red, orange, yellow, white, pink and violet blooms which attracts birds and bees. The berries of this plant are posionous. It is easy to grow, requires very little water and adapts itself to most soil conditions.

Lomatium from Manisha :


(Medium: Photography)

These bright yellow tiny flowers are Lomatium, also known as the Biscuitroot for their starchy edible roots. It belongs to the Apiaceae family or the parsley family. And while some species are eaten as food, others used to make herbal medicines, some are highly toxic.


If you would like to participate in the Flower Festival, send in your photographs, doodles, paintings or sketches to flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com. Our next halt will be at "M".

5 comments:

Prashanth M

Thanks for putting up my photo. ANd I've already got a photo for the letter M :)

Shilpa

A nice round-up Priya.
I've got a entry for the letter M too!

Nature and Me

Prashanth - Welcome to the Flower festival. Glad you joined us. The colors in your photograph are so eye-catching.

Shilpa - Crepe Myrtle's are such a lovely sight when the whole tree is blooming. What a rich pink in your photograph. The Lenten Rose seems to a kind of wild rose. Its delicate color harmonises with the greens of the leaves.

Mythreyee - Your Lily is almost velvety and bright.

Sree - Those small water droplets are outstanding and the flowers stand out in the crowd of leaves.

Nature and Me

Manisha - You must be a botanist to be able to recognise these wild flowers. Good picture!

Anita

Good show people! I'll try to join next time around!

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