Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ode to Iris



MY IRIS have BLOOMED! 

The cool wet weather, apparently was ideal for  Iris. The blooms are huge and abundant. 
The history of Iris meanings include Faith, Hope, and Wisdom.

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Cultivated all over the world, Iris are found in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America.

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There are over two-hundred varieties of Iris, in all colors. The Iris takes it's name from the Greek word for "rainbow", so apropos, when Iris come in so many colors.


Dark purple Iris can denote royalty---with that rich velvety purple.

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Yellow Iris can denote passion---I guess this one represents royal passion. Iris have also been used for perfumes and medicinal purposes.


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Iris were linked to royalty, and the Fleur de Lis of France is an idealized representation of the flower. I love this striated bright purple and white.

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In any color they are gorgeous. This rust is particularly rich. 
Mine have burst into bloom in the last three days of real sunshine.

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Iris have also been linked to courage and determination. The lime-yellow Barberry is a wonderful contrast.

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The foliage is particularly strong this year. But the stems have leaned over on many because of the water content of the flowers and so many blooms. These happily reside in vases in the house.

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Peach Iris, who knew---these look like petticoats with their ruffly deliciousness.

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The Ancient Greeks' Goddess Iris, was the messenger of the gods and acted as a link from heaven to earth. Purple Iris were planted on graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide the dead in their journey to the heavens.

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My friend E's Iris at the end of her street. The dew dripping on the petals.
Ancient Egypt also marveled at the exotic blooms. Drawings of Iris have been found in a number of ancient Egyptian palaces.

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And there are more---waiting in the wings, I can't wait to see what colors these are.

Information above gleaned from this source.
http://www.proflowers.com/blog/history-and-meaning-of-iris

Another source of the symbolism of the Iris, https://symbolsproject.eu/explore/plants-and-vegetations/iris-/-lily-/-fleur-de-lys.aspx

Some of my Iris were from Breck's and planted two years ago. We chose Iris (some are twice bloomers) for their flowers and their foliage. The spiky lime leaves go well in our landscape. Here is a selection of Breck's Iris shipping in Fall, HERE.

I receive no reimbursement or products, this is simply the flowers we chose from personal experience.

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Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

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23 comments:

  1. I had no idea there were so many colors! Mine are light purple and were here when we moved in 21 years ago. There are no buds or blooms on the leaves at all right now. I live in Upstate NY so not sure when they will bloom. Yours are gorgeous!!

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    1. I think it was worth the investment. We have had luck with basic Iris over the years. Thanks so much for visiting, Sandi

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  2. Sandi, your Iris are gorgeous! Mine have been beautiful this year as well. hey bloomed early this year and are reaching the tail end. I enjoyed reading the meanings.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I have to laugh I had a couple that bloomed in February, I think and then it snowed. They are vigorous and we had a scattering of blooms in fall, also. Thanks for stopping by Jann, Sandi

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  3. Your iris are beautiful and you have a nice selection. Mine are not blooming yet as we are in a cooler zone here in Quebec, Canada. I moved some of mine so I'm anxious them flower in their new location.

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    1. I know this has been a tough Spring for the NE also. I think this is payback---for all the crappy weather we have had. Good luck, and please post when yours bloom. I love them all year round, Sandi

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  4. Gorgeous! We have purple ones, but I love the orange/rust color too.

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    1. Yes, those are so rich looking, but I love the bluer they can get. Sadly all our Siberian iris that are the rich royal blue were lost last year. Amazing how many colors they come in. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  5. Sandi, love this post! We really like irises, but ours did not bloom this year (which tells me we should have divided them last year!).

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    1. I will look closely in fall and see if these need to be divide. They just went crazy this year. I know they don't like their roots wet and hot---so we are going to rock the areas where they are. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  6. Oh how wonderful! Your garden brings us such delights!

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    1. LOL, the Iris are gorgeous...so are the weeds and teeny plantings that haven't begun to do anything. Your garden is amazing---and only a year old. Grins, Sandi

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  7. Sandi, I made a note on my calendar to divide the irises in the fall. I don't want to miss out again!

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  8. Hi Sandi, WOW your Iris is stunning. You truly have a green thumb!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos. You have inspired me. I don't have any Iris in my current garden. Wishing you a Happy Summer and beautiful garden days. xo

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    1. LOL---benign neglect. I did pull lots of weeds and dead leaves away---Iris like their feet dry. We are going to try and pile rocks over them for improved drainage. It has been such a crazy year. Thanks, have al lovely summer, Celeste, Sandi

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  9. Dearest Sandi,
    your Iris are truly gorgeous, I'd love to have such a collection in my garden, you're temting me, my sweet friend !
    They're all so, so wonderful, but honestly I have to admit that the peach Iris won my heart :) !!!

    Wishing you a most lovely remainder of your week,
    and a beautiful Summer,
    filled with joy and smiles

    XOXO Dany

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    1. Dear Dany, Iris are very easy to grow-- and really don't need much attention. They were simply huge this year because of all the rain and apparently liked the cool temperatures. I had one bloom in the middle of winter because it was by a foundation wall. I'm sure you could grow some just as pretty. I had a yellow one with purple edges, but storms pounded it down before I got the pictures. Enjoy, and thank-you, Sandi

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  10. So beautiful! I've been seeing some around the neighborhood, and am thinking I need to plant some!

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  11. They are easy-----and do come back. Many of these will bloom again in Fall. Something new they have come up with. Grins and thanks, Sandi

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And great to meet you, Sandi