Friday, May 4, 2018

Late Bloomer

Our Iris have finally bloomed.
It seems as though they are always late bloomers, long after most others in the neighborhood have put on their Spring show, ours slowly awaken.

They are from antique Iris stock, handed down from family member, to family member, these particular flowers being over a half a century old.
Tended with love and shared amongst the generations, from great grandmother, to great granddaughter.

The Tennessee State Flower

May your blooms be floriferous and in good form,
Distinctive, with good substance, flare, and airborne,
With standards and falls that endure, never torn.
May you display many buds and blooms sublime,
In graceful proportion on strong stalks each day,
Gently floating above the fans and the fray.
May you too reach toward the moon and stars,
Bloom after bloom, many seasons in the sun,
Enjoying your life, health, and each loved one,
Until your 'living days are artfully done.

~ Georgia Gudykunst


Pat M. said...

Beautiful Iris! A wonderful family heirloom. Love your posts, photos and poems. Thank you!!

Annie said...

Beautiful Iris. It looks like velvet.
Mine have not bloomed yet and are Siberian Iris.

Curtains in My Tree said...

mine have big buds on them I bet they open this weekend when i'm gone
usually the rain tears they down
i'm are old ones also

DJan said...

So lovely, all of it! :-)

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

They are worth the wait! Gorgeous!! Mine are still just green about 3 inches tall...I do love my Iris blooms!

L. D. said...

It is such a beautiful variety. I like that it is a family one. I still have my grandmother’s peony that I moved to the new place. I will see what iris got moved that are family specials. We are a month or so behind you here. We too are late. I am hoping that I got the regale lily moved from my grandmother too but it may not have made the move. I am just waiting and watching to see what will grow up and surprise me.

Susie said...

Jo, Lilacs and Irises were my mother's favorite flowers and oh course purple was her favorite color. Hope you are having sweet days there. It so windy here the past couple days. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Jo! Your Iris are beautiful, and their history truly makes them a treasure!

Janice Kay Schaub said...

How wonderful. I remember in my Dad's garden he called them "flags" and they looked just like that one. Now they come in all colours but those old ones are the best. Ours are barely daring to pop through the soil but today is hot and sunny. Just made a trip to the garden center.........woo hoo

Henny Penny said...

I did not know that Iris is the Tennessee state flower. Iris are so beautiful! Yours are exceptional!