Friday, April 22, 2011

Gladiolus...


Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). Sometimes called the sword lily, the most widely used English common name for these plants is simply gladiolus (plural gladioli, gladioluses or sometimes gladiolas).


The genus is distributed in Mediterranean Europe, Asia, Tropical Africa and South Africa. The center of diversity of the genus is located in the Cape Floristic Region, where most species were discovered. The genera Oenostachys, Homoglossum, Anomalesia and Acidanthera, traditionally considered independent entities, currently are included in Gladiolus.


Taste of summer...

The Redcurrant (Ribes rubrum) is a member of the genus Ribes in the gooseberry family Grossulariaceae, native to parts of western Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Northern Italy, Northern Spain and Portugal).

Redcurrant
Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose, Water Elder, European Cranberrybush, Cramp Bark, Snowball Tree) is a species of Viburnum, native to Europe and Asia. Some botanists also treat the closely related North American species Viburnum trilobum as a variety of it (asViburnum opulus var. americanum Ait.), or a subspecies, Viburnum opulus subsp. trilobum (Marshall) Clausen. The common name 'Guelder Rose' appears to have originated because a popular cultivar, the Snowball tree supposedly first originated in the Dutch province of Gelderland.

Viburnum opulus 

The Viburnum opulus (Kalyna) is the National symbol of Ukraine. Mentioning of the bush can be traced throughout the Ukrainian folklore such as songs, picturesque art, Ukrainian embroidery, and others. Chervona Kalyna was the anthem of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

Zinnia...

Zinnia elegans (Common zinnia, Youth-and-old-age), an annual flowering plant of the genus Zinnia, is the best known Zinnia.



Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lviv...

Ratusha
Ratusha (1381). Lviv City Hall Tower (65 m). Climbing the stairs, you may take an opportunity to view operation of the clockwork mechanism functioning since 1851.


Holy Eucharist Church
Roman Catholic Church of Corpus Christi Dominicans (at present, the Holy Eucharist Church) in Museyna Square was built of wood late in the 14th century. After the fire of 1408 it was reconstructed from stones and bricks in the Gothic style. The present-look building was constructed at the expense of Hetman Pototsky and under the supervision of Jan de Vitte, general and commendant of Kamyanets-Podilsky, between 1749 and 1764...


Korniakt's tower-bell
Monumental Korniakt's tower-bell (1572-1578) of 65.8 m in height borrowed its name from the surname of its founder Konstiantyn Korniakt, one of the richest merchants of that time. The Korniakt's tower bell houses 'Kyrylo', which is a famous Lviv's bell of 120 cm in diameter.

Clematis...

Clematis 'Niobe' was originally developed over thirty-five years ago by the Polish clematis hybridizer Vladyslaw Noll.


Hedge...





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