Thursday, May 14, 2009

Iris in Bloom












The past few days have brought on an explosion of iris blooms throughout the property. I thought I'd show you some...


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this about the iris..."Thou art the iris, fair among the fairest. Who armed with golden rod and winged with celestial azure, bearest the message of some God..."





They certainly are beautiful and celestial. All of these bulbs have multiplied from just a few that have been given to me by friends through the years and they obligingly come back every May. The iris is one of my favorite flowers with their lovely, floaty petals and long stiff, reed-like stems. Even their sharp leaves add greenery and texture to the garden long after the flowers have faded...which I hope isn't too soon.

The good news is that there are still many iris in our garden that haven't bloomed yet so we will be enjoying them for a few more weeks.

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