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Iris germanica

Iris germanica  Did You Know? The Iris flower is the Tennessee state flower.  An iris is in the Fleur-de-lis is the emblem for the city of New Orleans. They can be found naturally in Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, Asia, and North America Their primary meanings include faith, hope, wisdom, courage, and admiration. (More info.)

Spoonbills and crocuses jump the gun on spring

Move Over Monday In the northern hemisphere it’s almost time to say goodbye to winter. So brighten your Monday afternoon with a little greenery… and pink, and yellow, and blue – mothernaturenetwork: Spoonbills and crocuses jump the gun on spring Although the first official day of spring is March 20, several species of flora and

Move Over Monday: adult butterfly

Move Over Monday …so we can make the time to stop and smell the flowers. “An adult butterfly uncoils its long, straw-like proboscis to sip nectar from flowers, juice from rotting fruit and water from puddles.” There are 17,500 known species of butterflies worldwide. (Defenders of Wildlife). Explore the gardens.

Morning. Monday. Marigold.

Morning. Monday. Marigold.  “These flowers are the spendthrifts among annuals, showing a wealth of gold, copper, and brass into our summer and autumn gardens. The flower’s popularity probably derives in part from its ability to bloom brightly all summer long,” (Almanac). Did You Know? They are edible too and give color and spice to dishes

Stop and smell the flowers in China

Take time to stop and smell the flowers in China this Sunday. This flowering tree overlooks Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Did you know? – Over history, Beijing has been called Peking, i, Yanjing, Guangyang, Youzhou, Fanyang, Nanjing, Zhongdu, Dadu (Daidu), Khanbaliq (Cambaluc) and Beiping. Frommer’s travel guide says this capital of China is a city “of exhilarating extremes