Saturday, May 16, 2009

Old Blue Eyes


Siscyrinchium iridaceae

One of the sweetest surprises in the spring is my blue-eyed grass. I plant it near the sidewalk as it is small and would be missed if planted in one of the flower beds. Every day as I walk to the gate these perky little faces smile eagerly in greeting. When I researched I learned that they are related to the iris rather than grass. Mine has larger than normal flowers, but these are still very small, about 1/2 inch in diameter. It only blooms in the spring and mostly in the early part of the day, and looks like clumps of grass the rest of the year. But it is well worth the wait and short-time blooming season as it is both hardy and easy to grow.

5 comments:

Barry said...

Very beautiful Tabor.

We are invaded by Forgetmenots which are gorgeous but so hard to control.

Angie said...

What a sweet little flower, Tabor! I'm not familiar with it. Wonder if it would grow here in NE Tennessee. The photos of the Indigo Bunting and Goldfinch are WONDERFUL! I had an Indigo come for a couple of years, but I didn't see him last year, and so far this Spring, he hasn't been to visit. I adore them.

Tabor said...

Angie, I think the blue-eyed grass can grow most anywhere as its ancestors are wild.

One Woman's Journey said...

Tabor, beautiful image. I do not believe I have seen it before.
The desire of my heart is to take images - like you.

musingwoman said...

Lovely! Wild flowers are my favorite kind.