Today's photo is a collection of flower photos that I took in 2017. These flowers remind me that spring and summer will return and give me something to look forward to during this frigid weather in Maine.
Today's photo is a Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica) blooming in my backyard. According to one legend, the iris flower got its name from the Ancient Greek Goddess, Iris. As a messenger between the heavens and the earth, Iris used the rainbow as a bridge, earning her a reputation as the goddess of the rainbow.
One day, when the gods threw a party for the flowers, all the flowers wore their finest attire, but one tiny flower arrived in tattered, dull clothing. Taking pity of this dull flower, Iris declared that the little flower would be clad in the colors of the rainbow. To this day, the flower is known as the Iris and comes in nearly every imaginable color. Siberian Iris come in shades of purple, blue and yellow and even include pink, white and shades of red and orange.
Today's photo is a wild black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) that I found along the roadside last summer. While these are a common sight in Maine in mid to late summer, this one is unique because it has a double bloom. The wild black eyed Susan typically has a single bloom with one layer of petals and looks like a yellow daisy with a brown center. Cultivated varieties of Rudbeckia come in a variety of colors with both single and double blooms. Some cultivated varieties produce bright, variegated flowers with rich shades of brown or bronze radiating from the center.