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Nice drift of Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' backlit by sinking sun.


Shot with iPhone, as most of my shots this spring have been.


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My favorite spring ephemeral, possibly because I have only a single clump that hitchhiked in on some other ephemerals from a gardening buddy.



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When I posted a few days ago about the snow destroying my favorite spring ephemeral (Iris histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’), I forgot that I still had these images in the camera from just before the snow.

Couldn't decide which view I liked best, so here are three.

Iris histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’

Iris histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’

This one is PhotoShop filtered. But you can't really see the effect without looking at the 1200-pixel version.

Iris histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’

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I was hoping to do a series of my favorite early spring bloom, starting with this spear, then moving to this partially opened flower from early last week (apologies for the lousy focus) ...

Iris histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’

But then Friday, we got this ...

snowy ridge

The heavy wet snow bent Katharine over and she's now a soggy mess. Oh well. But it looks like there might be a second bloom coming.

Some ephemerals on campus stood up a little better:

snowy snowdrops

snowy crocus

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I do a little heavy lifting and tech support for one of our emeritus professors from time to time. He and his wife are fabulous gardeners. As a thank you, she sends me her 'weeds' -- little bulbs and tubers that pop up where they're not supposed to be. Most of my eranthis, corydalis and other spring ephemerals come to me neatly labeled in baggies in my work mailbox on the days when he's on campus teaching drawing and watercolor to some of our staff.

Yesterday, I found something in a patch of ephemerals from them that I hadn't remembered from last summer's baggies. I think it's another Iris reticulata, but am waiting for a positive ID from her. (She's much better than I am at labeling and keeping track of her plants.)

Update: Iris yes, reticulata, no. Nina says: "Great picture. A ringer for Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin'. The markings are more pronounced than on I. h. 'Frank Elder" and the over-all coloration is not quite as (what I call) "washy" (tho termed by some sellers as "subtle") as on 'Frank Elder" Enjoy! Needs dry in the summer."

I've got so much to learn.

greenish I. reticulata

greenish I. reticulatagreenish I. reticulata

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