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Sweet Blue Flag

Iris versicolor copyright 2016Blooming today all along the shoreline, pond bank, marsh, and meadow Iris versicolor goes by many charming common names including Sweet Blue Flag, Harlequin Blue Flag, and Northern Blue Flag. The specific epithet versicolor refers to the fact that it flowers in a range of blue to purple hues. No matter what shade of purple-blue, the falls are always yellow. Whatever one calls our native iris, it sure is beautiful, much prettier I think than hard-to-get-rid-of Siberian iris or the top heavy and overly showy bearded iris. And this American beauty is a hummingbird attractant!Iris versicolor -2 copyright 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Here’s to the Red (sort of), White, and Blue!

Rosa 'Aloha' Fujifilm x100Sweetly Scented Rosa ‘Aloha’

Variegated Mock Orange Philadelphus Fujifilm x100Deliciously Fragrant Variegated Mock Orange (Philadelphus)

Feverfew and Native Iris versicolor Fujifilm x100Native Blue Flag (Iris versicolor) with Aromatic Feverfew

Save the date for C’est la Vie!

C’est la Vie! ~ Wednesday May 25th, 1:00 to 5:00

The North Shore Garden Club is hosting a beautiful exhibition of all things flowers, which will be held at historic Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The grounds are open to the public and the event includes classes in flower arranging, photography, and horticulture, and all is free.

Butterfly Courtyard at Willowdale EstateButterfly Courtyard at Willowdale Estate

The North Shore Garden Club (established in 1915) is a member of the Garden Club of America and was created for the purpose of stimulating interest in all aspects of gardening as well as to support civic beauty and conservation of natural resources.

Viridiflora Tulip 'Greenland' at Willowdale Estate.Viridiflora Tulip ‘Greenland’

Lavender and Cabbage White Butterfly at Willowdale EstateLavender and Cabbage White Butterfly

Iris versicolor at Willowdale EstateNative Iris versicolor

Pinkshell azalea and carpenter bee at Willowdale EstateNative Pinkshell Azalea and Golden Pollen-Dusted Carpenter Bee

Willowdale EstateSpringtime at Willowdale Estate