Flowers #88B, 88C, 86B, 87C & 89B

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Snapdragons, members of the Antirrhinum genus of flowers are so named because if you gently squeeze the sides of the flower it appears that the jaws of the dragon head snaps closed.  Considered a cold-season annual plant, Snapdragons are actually a tender perennial that do best in full or partial sun and a well-drained soil with neutral pH levels.  Native to North Africa, Spain and along the Mediterranean coastline to Italy, these plants need full sun but will stop blooming if it gets too hot, thus requiring partial shade when grown in hot, sunny climates.

Most Snapdragons are a bushy plant with tall spikes of flower buds, growing up to a height of four feet, although some varieties only grow to six inches.  Cultivated since the 1700s, these plants flower from spring until fall, blooming in all colors except true blue.  One drawback to these exotic looking, easy to grow flowers is the fact that all parts of the plant are poisonous.

If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment.  Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like sh*t to everyone else!

Steven H. Spring

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