Round up for S

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Entries for the round up on S are :

Stonecrop and Shrubby Daisy from Anita


Medium:Photography


Stonecrop (Sedum ewersii) species love to grow on stony slopes, around well-watered areas. These beauties were pictured by Anita near Mana Village, Uttaranchal. This cluster was found near the Bheem Pul, a natural stone bridge carved by water and ice.


Medium:Photography


Shrubby Daisy or Blue-eyed Daisy, better known as African Daisy (Osteospermum fruiticosum), is a drough tolerant, sun loving plant. These flowers are from Anita's winter garden.

Salvia and Sunflowers from Jai and Bee


Medium:Photography


This is another beauty from the garden of Jai and Bee. The sun loving Salvias bloom from June to September and attract a lot of butterflies and bees.


Medium:Photography


If someone truly loves the sun, it has got to be the bright sunflower. Nothing can be more apt for these yellow beauties than this quote -

“Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.”- Henry Ward Beecher

Sanguinaria Canadensis from Shilpa


Medium:Photography


The only species in the genus Sanguinaria, Sanguinaria canadensis or Bloodroot, as it is commonly called, is a plant indigenous to United States. Blood red juice can be extracted from its root, so the name Bloodroot. Native Americans used this juice as body paint, dye and as an herbal remedy to treat various diseases of the skin.

The flowers are white with oblong petals with a yellow center. The plant prefers shaded spots and produces flowers in March and April. An interesting fact about this plant is that the seeds are spread by ants in a process called Myrmecochory.

Snow-in-summer from Manisha


Medium:Photography


Manisha stumbled into these white dainty blooms with beautiful silvery gray-green foliage. Ideally suited for rock gardens, Snow-in-summer's are summer bloomers. They thrive in the wild too.

Snow-in-Summer or Cerastium tomentosum are perennials that reseed every year. They thrive in well-drained poor soil and are drought-tolerant.

They are called Snow-in-Summer because they bloom profusely from late spring to early summer and the teeny white flowers look like a matt of white snow on the silvery foliage.

Spider Lily from Mythreyee


Medium: Photography


Mythreyee snapped this picture of a Spider Lily in San Diego.

The leaves of Spider Lily grow in 6 leaf clusters and are present in spring but are gone by the time of flowering in the summer season. The flower stem is about 2 feet high and each stem has several flowers. This Spider Lily is a relative of the Cahaba Lily (Hymenocallis coronaria) which grows in the Cahaba River.

Sweet William from Priya


Medium:Watercolor on paper


Sweet William are little flowers that look as if they just came out of a pencil sharpener with their fringed petals in pink, red, white and purple. The wild Sweet Williams's usually have a white base with a pink or red center. They love sunny and warm climates. They are edible and are known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

As to how the name Sweet William came to be assigned to these flowers, Wikipedia says "Many legends purport to explain how Sweet William acquired its name, but none are verified. It is variously said to be named after Saint William of York, William the Conqueror, or Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland. Another etymology is that william is a corruption of the French oillet, meaning little eye. Sweet William is a favorite name for lovelorn young men in English folkloric ballads. Due to the supposed association of the flower with the Duke of Cumberland, the commander of the government forces at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, it is known in Scotland as "Stinking Billy".

11 comments:

bee

i sent a post with salvia as well. should i send it again?

Mamatha

Manisha,
I'd like to send in an entry or two for the T round-up. According to the guidelines, I gather I must post it on my blog as well - now, I don't have a blog, atleast not an active one. Can I just mail you the pictures instead? Do the pictures have to be of a certain size. I'm really excited about my first ever participation in a blog event.

Mamatha

Mamatha

oops - I addressed the above comment to Manisha, since I came here from her blog. It's meant for all the administrators of this blog.

Manisha

No probs, Mamatha! We work as a team here! Send an email to flowerfestival[at]gmail[dot]com and attach your pictures. But beware! You are very close to starting your own blog. Shilpa of Eye on Nature could hold out on starting her own blog only for a few rounds of the Flower Fest! :-D

We're thrilled you want to join in the Fest!

shilpa/eon

ha ha, yes Mamatha, beware! This is how you get sucked into this mayajaal!

N&M, good round-up!

bee

i just realised, i have this thingy in my backyard, and it's snow in summer.

Anita

Thanks for including this 'late Latif' girls!

Shilpa what are you going to do when Flower Fest ends? Keep the eye on nature and start food-blogging?? We'd love to see you there too! Hehe.

Manisha

She cooks a lot and has some really great recipes up her sleeve! It's only a matter of time...

shilpa/eon

Nah, no food blog for me. I cook well or so I've been told, but I really don't enjoy it. I cook because I place a lot of importance on healthy fresh home cooked food (who doesn't?)

Hmmn after FF ends? I don't know, I might just use it to post pictures of food cooked up from all your great blogs and call it 'my eye on food blogs' :)
It will start to look like a travel blog for a few days. I thought a lot before starting it and now I like the idea of having it just to record things for my own future reference.

Anita, your pictures are beautiful. The sedum looks a bit like my entry for T and Jai's bee is very pretty too.

Gini

What? Flower-fest will end? I thought that we were going to do this for some time.

Rock chick

I think the infomation about the sweet william was great use for my homework

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