Thursday, April 14, 2016

Immortality: Standing Proud and Strong

"In every flower that blooms around,
Some pleasing emblem we may trace:
Young love is in the myrtle found,
And memory in the pansy's grace
Peace in the olive brance we see,
Hope in the half-shut IRIS glows,
In the bright laurel victory,
And lovely woman in the rose."

--AUTHOR UNKNOWN
VERSE FROM ANTIQUE GARDEN BOOK
FAMILIAR GARDEN FLOWERS
Published by Cassell and Company, Limited
London, Paris & Melbourne
Prior to 1891

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Standing straight and tall,
proud and strong,
and visible from across our yard
is a beautiful white iris...



She set her buds and was ready to bloom
right before a surprise early spring
hard freeze hit.
She was not daunted by the freeze.
She was not daunted by the wind.
Shortly thereafter a second,
and more fierce,
freeze hit.
By this time her buds were ready to open,
so I feared that we would lose them all.
But she was not daunted by Mother Nature,
and she continued to bloom...

  
 
...pure white with yellow beards...




...and the slightest pale lavender at her throat...
 


I have divided and shared her many times.
She is now in several spots in our gardens.
She was one of the least expensive
 and most common
bearded iris that I have ever purchased,
but her beautiful fragrance abounds
and she perserveres as one of the
earliest bloomers in the garden.

Her name is Immortality.

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Today I am linking with Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday,
and you can join the fun here.

Thanks, Wen!!
 

16 comments:

  1. A beautiful name for her, and so beautiful she is!!
    What more to wish for, than this early and strong growing Iris, not even afraid for Mr. Frost.
    You are lucky to have her in your garden, Sue.
    Dorthe, xo

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    1. Thanks so much Dorthe. I am indeed lucky to have her. She offers so much and expects so little! Hugs to you!

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  2. Oh so elegant she is!!! And what a story of her determination too! : ) Thanks for sharing Sue; really made my morning. And thanks for the glimpse into your pretty garden area~ Karen O

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    1. You are so welcome. I wish you could come by in person, Karen! XO

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  3. Such a beautiful post and story, dear Sue! The Iris is gorgeous and she has a wonderful name. I think after seeing your Iris, she must be my favourite Iris now. The beautiful white suits her so well! Hugs and beautiful weekend wishes, xx

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    1. Thanks, Wen. Can you get these in your area? XO

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  4. Ah Sue, so beautiful! Lovely fresh clean white, I can just smell them! Mmmmm! A very apt name, too. Enjoy your week.
    Hugs, Jesse

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    1. Thanks, Jesse. I hope that you enjoy your week too! Hugs back!

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  5. The iris is simply gorgeous, dear Sue. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a lovely Sunday.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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    1. You are welcome Marie. Hoping that you enjoy your Sunday too! XO

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  6. What a gorgeous iris...with such a fresh clean white! Just beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pictures with us. I really enjoyed reading your blog this morning.

    Happy Spring!
    Gaby xo

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by and visiting my garden, Gaby! I hope that you're having a great weekend! XO

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  7. Marvellous! That I call a miracle of daily life. Our Iris come out in june or july...
    Have a nice new week

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    1. Thanks so much for your visit! You have a nice week too!

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  8. Your garden is just so lovely. What a beautiful iris (and color)...thanks for sharing with us!!!

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