Differentiating Iris Flowers: Learn About Flag Irises vs. Siberian Irises
In the world there are many different kinds of flowers. Some have long stems, some have short stems, some have round or oval petals, and others even have multiple colors. But all of them look pretty much alike when they grow together in a group.
So what makes these flowers distinguishable? Why do they call them flags?
The answer lies in their color. Flags are made up of two parts: the outer part which is white and the inner part which is colored red, yellow, green or blue. The reason why we call them flags is because they represent something else besides just themselves; it’s like a banner with flags flying from it. They’re not really flags though since they don’t fly high enough to reach any kind of altitude (they’re only 2 cm or 1 inch tall).
When we say flags, we mean those little flowers with no leaves at all. These are called flag irises. There are other varieties of flag irises too but these ones are most commonly used in weddings and special occasions where the bride and groom want to show off their love for each other.
There are various reasons why someone might choose to use a flag iris instead of a regular one. They’re easy to plant and maintain, they can survive in poorer quality soil, and it’s easier to make them grow in clumps (in other words, if you have a group of them together, they can look spectacular). They also come in many different shades of reds, golds, greens and yellows.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s neither too expensive nor too cheap but still shows that you care, what could be better than a bunch of beautiful flags?
Even if you aren’t in the market for flowers, it’s a good idea to know what they look like. Especially if you ever want to go to a wedding and don’t want to end up looking like a fool by asking what kind of flowers the bride is carrying down the aisle. There are various ways to go about doing this. You could pretend to water some flowers that are growing by the side of the road and quickly memorize their names when nobody is looking. Or you can take a picture of them with your phone. But if you’re like most people, you’ll probably just asked the nearest florist what they’re called. You can then relay this information onto someone you know is attending the wedding and they can pass it along to you.
If you do happen to like flowers and want to learn more about them, there are many ways for you to go about doing this. You could join a gardening club in your area or just spend some time reading books at the local library. Either way, it’s important to take things slowly and not try to memorize everything in one sitting. That’s a good way to strain your brain and it probably won’t stick anyway.
You might be wondering why all this matters. Well, it doesn’t really matter all that much in the greater scheme of things. But we’re living in a world where everybody wants to fit in and be liked by others. If you can find a topic that you have in common with someone else then you’re well on your way to forming a friendship. This is especially helpful for shy people who have a difficulty in meeting new people.
But it can also be helpful for more gregarious individuals since having new friends can give you access to all kinds of resources that you never even knew existed.
There are many things you can find to talk about if you get past the idea that everything has to be serious all the time. Not everything has to have a deeper meaning and some conversations are just meant to pass the time. So whether you’re trying to make new friends or just have a few minutes of fun, here are some conversation starters that can help you along the way.
Topics to discuss:
1. The Weather
The weather is almost always a safe topic to bring up in conversation. Everybody experiences it and most people have something to say about it. All you have to do is listen.
Isn’t it unusual for this time of year?
I can’t believe it snowed last month. We usually don’t get snow until December.”
I know right?
I was actually worried that I would miss my flight this morning because of the rain. It takes me over an hour to drive to the airport and with the way my car has been running lately, I wasn’t willing to risk it. Luckily, my flight was delayed too so I made it just in time.
Were you visiting family?
I noticed you had a bag with you.
“No, I was visiting a friend.
Oh, where does she live?
Maybe I know her.”
2. What You Did Today
Most people like to talk about themselves. This is why the weather topic often works so well. If the person you’re talking to brings up something they did today, you can then ask them additional questions about it. For instance, if they mention that they had to go to the doctor, you can then ask them about their experience. This often leads to a longer discussion.
You might not know too much about sports but most people are very comfortable talking about them. If someone starts talking about a recent game, just listen for a moment and then ask a question about it. Chances are they will happily go on for quite awhile.
A good way to connect with someone is by finding something that you both have in common. One of the best ways of doing this is talking about a hobby or activity that you both enjoy. If you’re really lucky, they might have some helpful advice that will improve your skill in this area.
5. The Random Question
This one is fairly straightforward but it can be very effective. Simply think up a random question about anything and everything. If you’re stuck, try asking the person what their favorite [subject/person/ activity] is. Let the conversation go where it leads after that.
This one is great for building relationships with people because it allows you to help them in some way. Think of something in your life that you’ve been having difficulty with and then ask the other person how they might handle the same situation. This allows them to feel like they’re helping you without putting them on the spot. In turn, they might ask for your advice so be prepared to give some!
7. Something You Did
If you’ve recently done something that you’d like to talk about, this is a great way of starting a conversation. Think of something interesting that happened to you and then simply start telling the person. Most of the time, they’ll be willing to listen so long as you’re interesting.
Be sure to list some starters for each of the above topics. Once you have these topics listed, go through and try to see where you can branch off from them. For instance, if your starter is the weather, you might then ask “Eternal Sunshine” what their favorite type of weather is or what they did during the last snowstorm that hit.
Once you get the hang of talking to people, it will become much easier and more natural. Practice with your friends and family first to get a feel for things then start trying to talk to others. You never know, maybe you’ll become the neighborhood celebrity because of your great conversation skills!
Tips for Being Interesting
Everyone has something about them that’s interesting, they just don’t take the time to let others know. The next time you’re talking to someone, think about these things and then let them know a little bit about you:
1. A Hobby
Most people have at least one hobby that they enjoy. This could be something as simple as doing crossword puzzles to building models. If you have a hobby, let the other person know about it. Most of the time, they’ll reciprocate and tell you about their hobby as well.
2. A Passion
On top of hobbies, most people have a passion in life as well. Maybe you’re into poetry or singing or even debating politics. Whatever it is, let the other person know! It gives you more to talk about and shows that you have a deeper side.
We all like to feel as if we’ve achieved something in our lives. If you’ve recently achieved something, tell the other person! Maybe you received a promotion at work, landed the lead role in the school play, or passed your driver’s test. People love to hear about other’s successes so this is a great thing to share with someone else.
4. An Interest
This might seem similar to a passion, but it’s slightly different. Everyone has things that they’re interested in, but not everyone has things that they’re passionate about. For instance, you may be really into cars and know a lot about them. That’s an interest. You may also be very passionate about singing and it’s always been your dream to perform on Broadway.
That’s a passion.
The next time you find yourself in a conversation, think about what you can tell the other person that will peak their interest. If you can do this, they’ll enjoy your company much more and want to talk with you again in the future.
Once you get into the habit of talking to people on a regular basis, you need to learn proper etiquette when it comes to these situations. The following are a few tips that will help you along the way.
Make Good Eye Contact
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when talking to someone is that they don’t make good eye contact. When you’re speaking with someone, look them in the eye. This shows that you’re engaged in the conversation and that you care about what’s being said.
When you’re in the middle of a conversation with someone else, don’t interrupt them when they’re speaking to add something else you think is important. Wait for them to finish speaking first.
If you’re talking to someone and you don’t have anything positive to say, don’t say it at all. If you’re talking with a group of friends and everyone starts laughing about a funny moment that occurred during class, but you were asleep during class, don’t join in on the laughing.
Because you didn’t see anything funny and you’ll just be embarrassing yourself if you say something didn’t happen that didn’t happen. You’ll just come off as an outsider because you have no idea what everyone is laughing about. Instead of laughing and making a fool of yourself, just stay quiet or change the subject to something positive.
Don’t Be Rude
This should go without saying, but there’s no reason to be rude to someone. Perhaps the conversation is going badly or the other person says something you strongly disagree with. No matter what the situation is, you don’t need to be rude. If you have to walk away from the conversation for any reason, do it in a polite way. Say you have to go, then leave.
Don’t say you have to go, then continue talking for another five minutes.
As fun as it may be, never ever insult someone. There’s no reason to do this. If you insult someone, they’re likely to either get very angry at you or they’ll ignore you completely. Neither one of these outcomes are good so you should avoid insulting people at all costs.
Listen More Than You Talk
While it’s important to practice your conversation skills as much as possible, you don’t want to be that person who talks over everyone else and doesn’t allow them to get a word in. If someone else is speaking and you have something important to say, you can always wait until they’re done to add your input.
Don’t Never Use These Phrases
While it may be tempting to use these phrases at times, you need to avoid them at all costs when talking with others.
“No offense, but…” – This phrase is referring to a potential offense that’s about to occur. If you say this before continuing, you’re planning to offend someone.
“I don’t mean to be rude, but…” – This phrase has the exact same meaning as the one above, you’re planning to say something offensive.
Sometimes when you’re talking with someone you may ask them for their opinion on something or you may ask them a question. Even though you’re talking with someone, you still need to maintain a sense of self and have a bit of control over the conversation.
Sources & references used in this article:
Garden irises by BY Morrison – 1926 – books.google.com
In vitro regeneration and callogenesis in tissue culture of floral organs of the genus Iris (Iridaceae) by EV Boltenkov, EV Zarembo – Biology Bulletin, 2005 – Springer
A guide to species irises: their identification and cultivation by C King, WR Killens – 1997 – books.google.com
A handbook of garden irises by WR Dykes – 1924 – researchgate.net
Micropropagation of Iris sp. by TD Chace – 2013 – Timber Press
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