Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An Iris Blessing

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


DeniseinVA said...

So lovely. Only this afternoon after driving through the neighborhood, I saw a garden full of the most amazing purple iris' and thought now that's what I want in my garden. Yours look equally gorgeous!

Patsy said...

I just wish they bloomed all summer.

Diane at My Cottage Garden said...

Very sweet. I love the bearded irises. Enjoy!

Yvonne said...

Wonderful...I have never heard this passage before.

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Hello Jo,
Your irises are beautiful! They really are a gorgeous flower but there were only a handful of them at the back of the cottage when we moved here. The other day my sister in law gave me a bucket full of them so next year hopefully I will have pictures of my own! I hope your weather has dried up this week...we are still experiencing drought conditions and the grass crunches when you walk across it. We could sure use some rain. I hope the rest of your week is a good one.
Maura :)

Christine said...

What a beautiful bloom Jo. I really enjoyed the poem too. Hugs!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photo and post. Iris's arent that popular over here dont know why they sure are pretty. Have a great day !

Barbara Anne said...


We have purple, lavender, deep yellow, pale yellow, and white iris in bloom now and they are a delight.


DJan said...

They are my favorite flower! And ours are nowhere near ready to bloom. I will enjoy yours in the meantime. How absolutely beautiful!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Jo, How are you? Knee? Hope you are feeling MUCH better.

Gorgeous Irises in today's post. I have seen that combination --but we don't have any... SO Pretty....

Thanks for the blessing.