Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pass-Along Iris


I'd like to thank our hostess Susan at A Southern Daydreamer, for taking the time to host our "Outdoor Wednesdays." Be sure to visit Susan and say 'hello,' and follow the links to see everyone else's outdoors today.

I'd like to share this exquisite yellow ruffled iris which is in my mother's backyard. The iris is a "pass-along" plant from one of my aunts and that makes it even more special. I took the pictures on April 4th, when it was at its peak ...



I recently had the center picture framed for Mama for her birthday and she was thrilled with it.

Best wishes to you for a happy day today. It's my sweet husband's birthday, so it's a special one for me.

I would also like to share this sweet poem about the Iris ...

Iris, Most Beautiful Flower

Iris, most beautiful flower,
Symbol of life, love, and light;
Found by the brook, and the meadow,
Or lofty, on arable height.
You come in such glorious colors,
In hues, the rainbow surpass;
The chart of color portrays you,
In petal, or veins, of your class.
You bloom with the first in Winter,
With the last, in the Fall, you still show;
You steal the full beauty of Springtime,
With your fragrance and sharp color glow.
Your form and beauty of flower,
An artist's desire of full worth;
So Iris, we love you and crown you,
MOST BEAUTIFUL FLOWER ON EARTH!

Written by Edith Buckner Edwards
American Iris Society Bulletin, January 1961.

14 comments:

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Janie,
I have seen a lot of irises but this one is very beautiful and unusual, and to have one with special meaning makes it even more beautiful. I had to go back and take a second look, so dainty.I also enjoyed this beautiful poem, very true. Thank you for sharing.
Sue

Joyce said...

Such a fitting poem to go with those beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.
joyce

bj said...

How beautiful your photos are of the lovely flower. That was sweet to have the photo framed for her.
xo bj

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Janie! One word: Exquisite! That is the most beautiful delicate iris that I have ever seen. I love the ruffled edges and it almost has a bled colored edge with the white touches upon it. It is so beautiful. I wanted to sign up to follow your blog, as I would love to see what you post next, but I did not see a place to do so. Please stop by and say hi. Sign up to follow my blog, so that I can keep track of yours. Just beautiful honey, just beautiful. Country Hugs, Sherry

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Beautiful iris and very special poem to match, Janie! I love her... all dressed up in her yellow ruffled ballgown! Do you think she might like a date with a shrimp??? ;-) See my post for explanation.

I love the fact that your Iris was passed from your great aunt's garden. My father in law transplanted a lot of fern from our first house in Florida, and it's still growing like mad in their yard. It makes Mom so happy to have it there and Dad, too, when he was living. So I love these types of plants. Love you, too!

Happy OW...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Stacey said...

Irises are so old fashioned and pretty. My dad has tons of them.

stefanie said...

just gorgeous, thank you for sharing.

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful iris, Janie. What a lovely gift for your mother!!

I wish your husband a wonderful birthday!

xoxo
Jane

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Janie, this is so lovely....ahhhhh. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Barb

Regina said...

Such a beauty. Nice poem too.

Regina

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Irisis are so pretty, wished they lasted longer in the Spring.
Glenda

Mary said...

This really is a beautiful iris. Your Mon will be so thrilled with the framed photo. I know I would be.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Beautiful pictures. My favorite flowers are the Lilies and the Iris.
This one is extremely beautiful and being a pass along plant from your Aunt makes it even more beautiful and special.
Molly

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Janie,
Framing the flower is a wonderful and thoughtful gift! I love Irises and this one is so pretty!