Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Mysteriously Missing Xyris Iris

XYRIS IS A BOTANICAL term I discovered when searching for a word beginning with the letter "X". According to some writings, xyris refers to marshland plants that usually have yellow flowers amid spiky grassy leaves.

The yellow iris I captured at Elgin Heritage Park in South Surrey was by a marshy pond edged with various grasses so seemed to fit the description. The blooms sprouted very quickly but strangely all too soon disappeared.

It looked like someone or something unceremoniously mowed down the plants when I visited the area a week later. All I found were the roots of former blooms at the foot of the pond that had turned murky and gray. I noticed some blades of grass fell across one another and formed the letter "X".

I suppose the iris in my front yard would not be termed xyris because of its purple color and location. Nonetheless, it is just as pretty and still standing unlike those at the pond.

Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

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  1. Excellent. Love the colors, even the non-yellow ones!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. I must check out that park. Looks like there are lots of photo ops there.

    abcw team

  3. That's a new word for me. Great shots. I love the colors. Carver, ABC-Wed. Team

  4. Those x-words are hard to find. - Margy

  5. "Xyris" is quite a new word to me and sounds so exotic! It is sad that the beautiful yellow flowers were mowed. The place where the blades are scattered looks like a grave. Only one good thing is that someone left the roots. Next year, we can see them.
    X is a difficult word to find, isn't it?
    All flowers are gorgeous and please the eye!
    Have a great week!

  6. Awesome choices!

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  7. The Iris is one of my favourite flowers. Shame about the destruction at the marsh.

  8. This post made me smile, Penelope! We both have a "crossing branch" shot this week so at least for a few moments, we were on parallel wave lengths. I loved your iris shots. Both the yellow and the purple blooms were just gorgeous, and I enjoyed your ingenuity in coming up with this brand new (to me) "X" word.

  9. Your plump purple iris made me smile, penelope. She’s simply charming, enjoying life. Sorry for the terminated yellow ones, but they will surely resurrect next year if only roots are safe. Duck’s families are floating in the sky.


  10. Have a look at classical greek mythology...


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