A lonely blooming water lily at Bass Lake, North Carolina
Water lilies with blooming flowers floating at Bass Lake in a foggy environment
Iris is a genus of 260–300 species of flowering plants with showy flowers. It takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, which is also the name for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris. Here is a beauty at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter, South Carolina.
How can you ignore irises at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter, SC? While not completely in bloom in the gardens, there were sporadic signs of irises.
How can these daisies not brighten one’s day in Spring!
Nature creates unique color combinations in flowers
This Chinese redbud is blossoming all over including on the tree trunks!
A plumeria flower can symbolize new life and beginnings. It can also represent birth and creation. Plumerias can symbolize springtime, charm, beauty, and grace, too. There are many colors of plumeria flowers, including yellow, red, pink, and sunset shades.
Attractive irises with unique color combination and interesting designs
Early pear tree blossoms herald the arrival of Spring in North Carolina
In celebration of Spring, our theme this week is flowers. Colorful blooms after winter are a joy to behold. Here is an image of a “gardenscape” with lush greenery contrasted by colorful flowers midst stonework.
Colorful flowers provide an attractive foreground to the water, sky, clouds and landscape at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
A natural stone and wooden bench, against a backdrop of wild flowers, in the gardens at The Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center, and Botanical Gardens, North Carolina
A bee hovers around flowers to taste the nectar
Flowers and branches make a natural decorative arrangement in the Roan Mountain forest
A white flower offers a bright contrast to the surrounding greenery at Roan Mountain
Designs and colors make up quite a flower combination of nature
Wild flowers are prevalent all around the Roan Mountain area in North Carolina
Roan Mountain features a collection of rare plant life, including some of the most beautiful wildflowers in the Blue Ridge Mountains. During our visit we saw only a smidgen of wildflowers, but rhododendrons and flame azaleas were blooming (as posted previously).
Rhododendron calendulaceum, commonly known as flame azalea, is an upright, loosely branched deciduous shrub. It is native primarily to woodland slopes and mountain balds in the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Here are some images from Roan Mountain Bald in North Carolina/Tennessee.