Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This Year's Iris

E. is my road trip buddy.  She is 79 years young and last autumn we drove the Blue Ridge Highway together and had a blast.  We took pictures of natural wonders, did some sightseeing, listened to amazing, soul-stirring music, and laughed a great deal!  A few of the iris in my gardens are gifts from her, including these:

Bob was a man who worked in a shop much of his life, but at home he tended day-lilies and iris with energy and passion.  He had only one arm, but could dig and divide plants quickly and efficiently.  He was generous with his divisions.  I do not know the names of the iris he shared with me, but for my own purposes, I have named them after him:  Bob's Tiger and Bob's Royal Bloom.

From Kathy (Mother of my son's elementary school friend).  Someone had given her great big bags of iris, and she was happy to share.  I love that about gardeners!

From trips to a local iris farm with my daughters, I have Rock Star and Burnt Embers:

 From a memorial garden for a cat I had for seventeen years  (Mariah), I have Wild Ginger.

We grow almost exclusively vegetables and herbs here on our farm, but as the years go by, 
I sneak in a few flowers.  
Iris are one of my favorite flowers,
 from the wild blue flags at the water's edge,
 to these showy gals in the garden. 

 The scent of iris is subtle and sweet. 
 I breathe in their fragrance and I am a barefoot child at the side of the barn, 
where my mother grew 
purple iris that smelled like grapes,
and yellow iris that smelled like cake baking.\
I breathe in that familiar scent,
and I am barefoot and vibrantly alive
 in the fresh summer air.

 Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you time to stop and smell the blossoms.


Out on the prairie said...

Really nice blooms, we share favorites, the purple and yellow. I can never have enough flowers as well as vegetable varieties. I remember my grandmother pointing out to me that you couldn't eat flowers, so I put in all you could eat the next year just to show her.I spent a few days just taking pictures of iris this year.Shearing sheep today.

Pom Pom said...

Hi sweet Marcie! Wow! Iris are stunning and yours are particularly so! Happy barefoot steps, friend!

Laurie said...

Gorgeous blooms, Marcie!

My Journey To Mindfulness said...

I smile
you are special...
you speak my kind of words...

Marcie said...

Thank you all for visiting and commenting. Soon I will be digging and dividing a few of these. If you all were closer, I'd have you over for coffee and strawberry shortcake and send you home with some iris! lol

Sandra Cox said...

I love Irises. I had many were I'd lived before that traveled 3 states with me. I didn't bring them with me this time:(
Yours are beautiful.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Magical and captivating...