|Poppies will forever remind me of Lydia, my mother's friend who gave me my first plants.|
Of all the flowers iris seem to evoke the most emotion. Not all of it is positive. Some refuse to allow them into their gardens. Perhaps it has to do with a relatively short bloom followed by months and months of spiky foliage. Many gardeners find this a small price to pay for the enjoyment, however youngsters who must mow around and weed that foliage may grow up retaining a bit of resentment.
|A friend gave me my longed-for white iris.|
And yes, there are some who just don't like how they look. They are unique for sure, but obscene? Well, that's one opinion that I've heard.
|I call these "Grape Kool-aid" because that's how they smell.|
The Victorians seemed to be quite fond of iris and endowed them with all kinds of meaning. According to one source iris meant Faith, Wisdom, Promise in Love, Hope, Wisdom and Valor (source). Who wouldn't want to receive an iris bouquet with meanings like that? Or it could mean "I have a message for you" (source) which might be just a little disconcerting.
|My favorite! And of course there are just a few blooms this year.|
I am fond of iris. I think they add a graceful elegance to the garden. But I try to use restraint. They are interspersed throughout the garden where their spiky foliage blends well after they bloom.
|"When these iris bloom, they glow," said a neighbor when she gave them to me.|
|A deluge of blooms on the Beauty Bush, Kolkwitzia amabilis frames poppies and iris.|
|Iris multiply so extras are planted next to the privacy fence.|
|According to the Victorians, yellow iris symbolize passion.|
|Another flower that invokes many memories is the peony.|