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When Fashion and Nature Collide: March 2018
This is the first of my contributions to the special collaboration announced here on the 18th. These flowers and Roda‘s critter photos have provided the inspiration for Dominique‘s styling and Lisa’s art this month. Please go and visit their own blogs and see their posts.
Iris elegantissima – photo by author
Iris elegantissima (more formally Iris iberica ssp elegantissima) is found wild in Turkey, Iran and Armenia. The classic area being in the foothills of Mount Ararat where it has been described as looking like a drift of discarded handkerchiefs where it flowers in the grass: You can see a good example at: http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-bearded-iris-iris-elegantissima-iris-iberica-ssp-elegantissima-ararat-12820999.html
Iris elegantissima is one of the Oncocyclus Irises, a group within the same section as the classic bearded Iris of gardens. It has similarly large flowers but on stems often only a few inches high.
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