by Ron L. Killingsworth in NW Louisiana
Every year during "bloom season", when the Louisiana irises are blooming, I always take hundreds of pictures of the iris blooms. Last year I decided to take more "view" pictures with some of the beautiful parts of Caddo Lake and Plantation Point Nursery in the background. I was quite pleased with the outcome and hope that you enjoy these "good views". You can learn more about Louisiana irises at the Society for Louisiana Irises web site.
|'Ardoyne' by Joe Musacchia (2003|
|Louisiana irises grow in a small pond|
|'Black Widow' by W. B. MacMillan 1953|
|Louisiana irises grow by Caddo Lake|
|'Her Highness' by Levingston 1957|
|Louisiana irises in a "clump"|
|'Fringed Gold' by D. L. Shepard 1992|
"May pops" grow in the ditches of Northern Louisiana and as children we used to eat them when they ripened. They have a beautiful bloom. I posted this on the web and received pictures of many different varieties from around the US.
|Louisiana irises in full bloom near Caddo Lake|
|Louisiana irises - a group of "Professors"|
Professor Joe Merzweiller, a college professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA in the 50's and 60's, was the first to produce a tetraploid Louisiana iris through chemical conversion. He then hybridized these irises and produced 10 registered Louisiana irises named for his professor friends -- Professor Jim, Professor Ike, Professor Marta Marie, etc. Tetraploid Louisiana irises tend to grow taller and have larger blooms.
|Greenhouse at Plantation Point Nursery, Mooringsport, LA|
|Louisiana irises in full bloom|
|Louisiana iris view|
|Louisiana irises on Caddo Lake|
|Louisiana irises in a clump|
|Louisiana irises growing near Caddo Lake, Mooringsport, LA|
|Louisiana irises with mixed colors in full bloom on Caddo Lake|
|Louisiana irises grow in the edge of a pond in NW Louisiana|
|'Our Friend Harry' by Ron Killingsworth 2011|
|A very "tall" Tall Bearded iris|
If you are interested in learning more about Caddo Lake, please visit their web site at Caddo Lake.
To learn more about all types of irises just browse over to The American Iris Society web site and check it out!