Monday, April 28, 2008

Iris Unfurled

This is how the mystery iris ended up looking in my back terrace garden. It popped up next to the compost bin. I am sure it has enjoyed the extra water and nutrients that it inadvertently received due to its location.




I would describe it as a mauve-with-traces-of-peach iris.
I must admit that irises have never been my favorite flower. Too showy and much too much floozy attitude for me. And they have no staying power.
However, I have decided to let it stay by the compost bin. If it continues to show up every spring, I'll admire its lavender frills for the mega second it is at its peak.

18 comments:

ellen b. said...

That bloom is so healthy looking. So robust!!

Willow said...

Yes, it's all the good stuff coming from under the compost bin. Cheeky little iris.

Mama Mia said...

haha. you used the word 'cheeky'. hehe. love it.

hugs!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful Iris. Mine are just budding and I pray a late frost doesn't do them in.

Thank you for visiting the CP Blog. It's a pleasure to see your lovely photos especially of that precious wee one you have. What a blessing...

Alison Boon said...

You have to admire its determination to survive

Jane said...

Thats a beautiful iris Willow. when are you coming to England? can you email me please: orac1(AT)tiscali(DOT)co(DOT)uk Jane x

Raindrops to Rainbows said...

My iris' are just coming out over here in England, lovely purple ones. Il get them on my blog soon.

Ive uploaded the photos on my last post now, click to enlarge and you can see all the deer!

I havent visited many blogs lately, was lovely to get back over to 'see' you!

Lindsay XX

Tracy said...

Just exquisite! What a lovely color...I'm very fond of irises. Can't wait for ours to be in bloom in the weeks ahead. It's good to be back in blogland after some days away, and to catch up on your posts, Willow...love the baby knits! Happy Days ((HUGS))

Caroline said...

I kind of feel the same way about most irises, but I also admire tenacity. I'm glad you let "him" stay;)

I would love for you to include a link to my blog from yours. I put yours on mine without even asking. I don't have cyber etiquette down obviously:(

Brother Raphy said...

Although I'm not a 'flower-man' this irsi looks good & not so bright...I love dark iris yo

artgirlATL said...

How beautiful. My grandmother was a big fan of the iris.

Bethany Hissong said...

Oh, the poor flower... you gave it such a harsh criticism! I love irises... I think they're regal. This one has such beautiful coloring. Sometimes it's the things that don't last long that are most appreciated ;)

Knitting Linguist said...

Wow, that's quite an iris! I know what you mean about the showier irises -- they're not my favorite either. But I do adore the more austere ones :)

Flower said...

Irises are one of my favorite blooms to use if a bride wants blue. I never thought of them as not having much stay but you are correct. They stretch and wither within a few days. I think that some varieties last longer than others. Your flower is quite nice!

ellen b. said...

Me again,
I wasn't sure I got that photo of the hummingbird on our walk but when I uploaded the photos I was pleased to see it there...

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful flower. thanks for sharing.. and as for "the boy" he is beautiful too.. Keep on sharing.

Sherida said...

I love irises! I have sentimental reasons, though. When I was a kid, my mom had two whole beds of irises right in front of our porch. There were so many different colors and they would bloom every yerr in Spring.

Roxie said...

Irises have a floozy attitude? No wonder I love them!