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Old 05-04-2007, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, Tn
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I was wondering if anyone could tell me what kind of plant/flower these are they seem to be all over my front yard, I like the purple flower but the other one is growing non-stop all over...Thanks All
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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The first ones are Iris's. These are the TN state Flower. The second are Peonies. Wait until they bloom! They will be huge, pretty and smell wonderful! They will stay buds for quite a while before they bloom and black ants will be all over them, just leave the ants, they actually help the plant, but just be sure to shake the flowers really good if you plan on cutting them and brining them inside, you don't want to bring the ants inside.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, Tn
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Thanks Mb...I do see quite a few ants on them couldnt figure out what to do, but now I know...thanks again
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:20 PM
 
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The first ones are Iris's. These are the TN state Flower. The second are Peonies. Wait until they bloom! They will be huge, pretty and smell wonderful! They will stay buds for quite a while before they bloom and black ants will be all over them, just leave the ants, they actually help the plant, but just be sure to shake the flowers really good if you plan on cutting them and brining them inside, you don't want to bring the ants inside.
Ah, the Tennessee Iris! What a beautiful flower! In 1935, the state legislature made the song "When It's Iris Time in Tennessee" the 2nd state song (there are now 8 state songs). Its lyrics bring a tear to my eyes:

First Verse
Sweetness of Spring memories bring
Of a place I long to be
Land of Sunshine calls this old heart of mine,
Come back to Tennessee

Second Verse
Rocks and the rills deep tinted hills,
There's no spot so dear to me
Where'er I roam still it's my Home Sweet Home,
My own, my Tennessee

Chorus
When itís Iris time down in Tennessee,
Iíll be coming back to stay
Where the mockingbird sings at the break of day
A lilting love song gay
Where the Iris grows,
Where the Harpeth flows,
That is where I long to be
Thereís a picture there that lives in memory
When itís Iris time in Tennessee
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Where the mockingbird sings at the break of day
A lilting love song gay
Where the Iris grows,
Where the Harpeth flows,
That is where I long to be
I don't have to long! ;-)

I just about live on the banks of the Harpeth. And the mockingbird does sing, and the iris grow.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Kingsport, Tn
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Ok so is this also an Iris..I only ask because this flower is much bigger and the blades are much wider...I didnt plant these flowers so I dont know what they are but thanks to anyone who can tell me..Need Some Help-pict0157.jpg
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Yep, it's an iris. A bearded iris to be exact (the "beard" is that yellow part).

By the way, if you ever decide to add to the mix, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of iris colors.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Kingsport, Tn
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Well thank you..there are so many different ones already in my yard, jus didnt know that they were all Iris'..thanks again
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Are there groups of the flowers in your yard that are consistently smaller than the others? The reason I ask is that the irises on the first photo you posted almost look like Japanese iris. They are very similar to regular irises, but are always smaller.

The iris is what the French fleur-de-lis symbol is based on.
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