Monday, April 29, 2013

Eagle-eyed Grackle

Eagle-eyed Grackle
Eagle-eyed Grackle, 2011

© 2011 Susan M. Lohse.  All rights reserved.

Obviously, it was an overcast day when I took this picture, but if the light had been brighter, I doubt I would have captured the beautiful and stately eyes of this Common Grackle.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Caesar’s Brother Iris

Caesar's Brother Iris, ink and watercolor
Caesar’s Brother Iris, 2013
Ink and watercolor on paper
6 x 4 1/2 inches

© 2013 Susan M. Lohse.  All rights reserved.

One of the most beautiful irises I’ve ever seen is the Caesar’s Brother Siberian Iris.  It spreads quickly after the first year’s planting and does best in moist soil.

This tall and vertically spiky iris looks great planted in large swaths along a lake or other water feature, but is just as lovely in a landlocked garden.  I highly recommend it.
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