The Goddess of the Rainbow

 

Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris

In Greek mythology Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and the bearded Iris is a wonderful personification of that tradition.  It is always wondrous to see the range of colors and color combinations that are possible.  We have some scattered about the yard in various garden spots but also in a row that is dedicated to Iris so that we could feel free to harvest the flowers and bring them into the house.

Iris row

Iris row

Because they are grown next to the pasture grass we do have to weed them once a year.  Takes about an hour for the two of us and for that we get this several week period when there are Iris in every room with their fragrance permeating the house.

Iris in the vase over the fireplace

Iris in the vase over the fireplace

And one of my favorites is the dark blue arrangement that Beth puts on the dining room table.

Iris on display

Iris on display

And in a side note, it’s interesting to see that what started last year as our new rose garden centered on four David Austin roses has become a catmint garden.  They have just taken the spotlight and run with it…

Catmint garden

Catmint garden