Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I/ Alphabe-Thursday

Wild yellow IRIS (Iris pseudocurus)

Sometimes called Queen of the Swamp, wild yellow IRISES are taking over the ditches and some ponds in south-central Ontario. Brought to North America in the early 1900s, they escaped cultivation and are now naturalized in just about any place wet enough to maintain their watery needs.

Iris growing in a shady spot

Considered INVASIVE by many, they are also very lovely this time of year.

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE

40 comments:

Shammickite said...

sometimes called Yellow Flag?

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

Your shots are really inspirational!

thanks for sharing.
betty

Martha Z said...

Pretty, they look a lot like some of the Pacific native iris.

Judy said...

I've seen irises growing along side the road here and thought that someone may have planted them there. I'm wondering now if they are growing wild.

Diane AZ said...

How beautiful and amazing. I've never seen an iris growing in the wild.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I often wonder,why it is that these pretty flowers and many others become so invasive.They are beautiful.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

They are beautiful. I hope they are not too destructive.

Sharon said...

If they have "watery needs" they would never survive here in the desert. They are beautiful!

Randy said...

Lovely. I think I like the first one best.

Cezar and Léia said...

A beauty of nature and photography!
God bless you!
Cezar

RedPat said...

Lovely invaders!

Rose said...

If I was a painter, I would ask for your permission to paint that first...it is so beautiful.

kaye said...

I do love coming on a mountain meadow when the wild iris are in bloom. lovely picture.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

How gorgeous!

The wildflowers are just starting to appear here. You've inspired me to take my camera for a walk tonight!

Francisca said...

Invasive, shamsive... these irises are so nice.

☆☆Mumsy said...

They are really gorgeous, and the yellow color is fantastic.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Beautiful photos!

H said...

These are prolific along the margins of our local canal!

Jenn Jilks said...

How beautiful! We have some wild ones, but purple, down by the frog pond!
Cheers from S.E. Ontario Cottage Country!

edenhills said...

Invasive or vigorous? It's all a matter of perspective, but it is beautiful no matter how you view it!

Teresa

Mama Zen said...

Lovely!

taylorsoutback said...

They might be considered invasive by some but I think they are exquisite!
Gorgeous photos!

We have the purple wild irises around our pond and along nearby lake shores.

Tes said...

Such lovely Iris flowers! You captured them well! :)

SandyCarlson said...

I did not know the back story. Thanks for this. We have plenty of these queens in our swamps, to be sure.

ellen b. said...

They really are lovely! Beautiful shots...

helenmac said...

EG, are they also called yellow flags?

Judie said...

Let them come! They are so beautiful! There are worse invasive things in this world!!!

Kathy said...

I'm amazed at the number of iris varieties there are. And they are all beautiful!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

So so much better than dandelions!
Dana

Pondside said...

We have some of them in our back pond and they haven't taken off in the years since we planted them. They sit underwater all winter and then completely dry out in the summer - perhaps this harsh environment keeps them down. They are beautiful!

Theresa said...

Lovely! I haven't had luck with these in my water features....I wouldn't mind them invading my space one bit.

jabblog said...

They are lovely, indeed, and such a cheery sight.

myorii said...

Wow! These are some beautiful Irises you captured!

hip-chick said...

beautiful. I love the first one.

Kate said...

Once they take hold those little critters really take off, but you can't help admiring their beauty.

see you there! said...

I know we aren't supposed to like "invasive" but I'd be happy it these invaded my property.

Darla

Ames said...

I bet it looks lovely!~Ames

Jacob said...

One man's "invasive" is anothers gift of nature.

Me? I think they're lovely. And if people don't like 'em, don't look at 'em! :-)

Jenny said...

They are beautiful. I used to love the wild roses that grew around the fencerows back East. The blackberry brambles. The huckleberry thickets. All invasive according to farmers, but beautiful (and delicious) to me!

Thanks for an interesting and lovely link this week.

A+

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I think they are so beautiful! I agree with some of the others tha commented...the irises would be welcome to "invade" around here any time :o)

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