Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Granddad's Iris

My cousin Louis in Tennessee sent me some pictures of the iris blooming in his garden. These are the descendants of some that his mother dug from my grandfather's garden more than 30 years ago.

In Greek mythology, Iris was the Goddess of the rainbow. That seems like a very appropriate name since the beautiful flowers come in so many colors.


It was a treat to get these pictures--they remind me very much of those happy days in Hopkinsville and after two unexpected days in court--I was ready for a reminder of fragrance and simplicity in my inbox.

7 comments:

Jayne said...

How special that those iris have survived all these years. BTW Beth, I was born in Knoxville, and spent most of my life living in Chattanooga. :c)

Beth said...

oh Jayne, that's so interesting! I was born in Chattanooga and then my parents moved back there in the late 70's until they moved to Maine. My mom was a teacher at Brainerd Baptist School and Dad worked at Astech.

LHHig said...

Iris is the TN state flower and the mocking bird is the state bird. While taking those photo's there was a mocking bird in a tree next to me. I waited for it to come closer to the iris but it never did. That shot would have been a good one.

Ruth said...

My grandma's yellow irises are in my garden and will bloom in June. Your pictures are beautiful.

Beth said...

Louis, I'll be hoping for a mockingbird picture soon! Your pictures are great. I do love iris.

Ruth, it must be nice to have a piece of the past in your garden--kind of comforting. Louis is a very good photographer--I hope he'll send me some more pictures to use.

TheElementary said...

With the story you just told, flowers are not transient and fleeting things anymore. Thirty years and numerous states, and their image beamed around the world- I see these beautiful pictures and am glad to share in such a story just by seeing them.

Beth said...

The Elementary, your comments are as thoughtful as your posts.