Flowers in Australia: 1



Dietes is a genus of rhizomatous plants of the family Iridaceae, first described as a genus in 1866. Common names include Fortnight lily, African iris, Morea or Moraea iris, Japanese iris and Butterfly iris, each of which may be used differently in different regions for one or more of the four species within the genus.


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  1. Sue Slaght says:

    What amazing yellow underlay as if a warmer for the purple petals.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, the contrast is what caught my eye.

  2. Sammy D. says:

    Yes, I think a type of iris. Are you ‘down under’ then?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am Sammy, for 6 weeks! Finally got to cuddle the new grandson 😀

      1. Sammy D. says:

        Yay!!! Can’t wait to see photos :-). Maximize that cuddle time!

  3. Beautiful, Jude. I’ve never known you to be stumped by a flower name! Glad you’re having fun in the land down under. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well it looks like an iris, but I didn’t expect to see irises here amongst the more southern hemisphere flora, so maybe I’m wrong! I’ll have a lot more to id before I leave 😉

      1. I’m sure you’ll have them all identified and classified before you leave. 😉

        1. Heyjude says:

          Brain gone to mush in the heat Cathy! I know some of the flowers and plants, but can I id them? No!

        2. I’d be willing to be you get them all down, even if it takes some time. Your passion will help you succeed. 🙂

  4. Strange to have you photographing in my hemisphere! Irises are certainly part of many home gardens here – my uncle collected them in his Sydney garden and when he died my brother transported them to an iris-only area in his Canberra garden. Yesterday, I saw them preparing to bloom in a friend’s garden on the south coast.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am relying on you to provide the names for the flora I find here 🙂

      1. Half my Sunday is spent with J poring (pouring? pawing?) over ID books trying to track things we’ve already caked years ago. A broken reed!

  5. restlessjo says:

    Yes, it is strange having both of you ‘down under’. I might even get to grips with the time difference, except that Meg gets out of bed earlier than you, Jude. 🙂 Have a lovely time with that grandbaby!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Apart from today Jo I have been up at 6 am! But I am exhausted by the evening! The grandbaby is grand. Still very tiny, but full of wriggles and smiles. I am having lots of cuddles 🙂

  6. pommepal says:

    I think that maybe a Dietes Jude, they have strappy leaves and the flower only lasts about a day but there are a lot of them in the clump.… How are you handling the heat?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think you are dead right PP – thank you! I see it is a kind of iris. Flagging a bit today, quite sticky here which I didn’t expect it to be. I also have a horrid cold which doesn’t help 😦

      1. pommepal says:

        Probably sudden change of climate and caught on the plane. Eat lots of citrus they are so juicy at the moment, and cheap. Hope you get well soon.

    2. Heyjude says:

      Feeling much better now – I took your advice and have been eating a ruby red grapefruit every morning for breakfast – that caused some raised eyebrows in the hotel as I had to dissect it myself! Now got a big bag of oranges to juice each morning too – so juicy!

      1. pommepal says:

        Pleased you are feeling better.

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