Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Iris in bloom in February!

Last week we were hiking and saw our first iris in bloom in 2017 in Florida.  You will notice that the stalk has 3 bud positions, the terminal is in full bloom and the lower positions show blooms in progressive stages of deterioration.  Not bad for a wild iris!  The plant carpeting the background is water lettuce, a floating aquatic plant, which is still green even though the retention pond is almost dry because of the drought we are experiencing.

An added bonus for the day was seeing a Roseate Spoonbill on the edge of a nearby pond.  They are beautiful in flight against a blue sky.

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