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An Eye For Irises

Updated on September 19, 2014

Flowering Irises

The Irises are showing their faces in many gardens now in the beginning of Spring flowering.

Their unusual beautiful flowers coming in many colours, white though to deep purple, are looking stunning in the gardens, making a bold statement with their strong stance and flower.

I love Irises, with their tall elegance and showy colourful flowers, giving your garden so much colour and style.

Do you have Irises growing in your garden?

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The Rainbow Plant

The Iris, takes its name from the Greek word Rainbow referring to the wide variety of flower colors among the many species of Irises.

Irises are perennial herbs, growing from creeping rhizomes and in very dry climates from a bulb.

My first Iris came from a friend, in the shape of a rhizome with a few leaves attached to it. Not much to look at at the time but over the years it has formed clumps which I have been separating in the cooler months, autumn or spring, to make many plants which have then been planted around the garden in different sunny spots.

Now I have quite a few that flower in Springtime, in white, blue and purple making for a very colorful and attractive garden.

They are one of my favorite plants as they is so exciting to watch grow over the seasons, producing the most exotic flower seen when in flowers.

Caring For Irises

A Pretty Face

Did you know that the Iris has healing proprieties and health benefits?

Yellow Irises are used to treat infections such as dandruff, wounds and also makes an excellent diuretic and tonic.

It is used to treat bronchitis conditions, rheumatism and in compress form, ache.

In some cultures the rhizome or part of, are given to teething babies to ease the process.

Using the rhizome of the Iris, a powder is made, which is used for local washing in some communities, definitely environmentally friendly.

A Iris wine can also be made with the Iris root, adding ginger,sugar and later milk and powdered almonds. Sounds like a tasty concoction

As you can see there is so much more to the Iris plant, not just a pretty face!

But most of all it is the stunning appearance of the Iris that attracts us all.

Irises and Art

The Iris has inspired some of the best painters ever. Vincent Van Gogh and Monet being among a few.

The famous Iris paintings of Vincent Van Gogh
The famous Iris paintings of Vincent Van Gogh

© 2011 Julia M S Pearce

Thanks For Dropping By! Please tell me what you think of the lovely Iris.

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      Kelly A Burnett 3 years ago from United States

      The is truly beautiful! Irises are so colorful and graceful.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I have never had much lick growing irises. The weather must be wrong where I live

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Iris comes in such variety and I love it dearly. Unfortunately I can't grow them in Florida. Lovely page here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Isn't mother nature wonderful, a really beautiful lens

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      We recently relocated to a small country village in the mid west of NSW, and the garden is at present blooming with irises, planted many moons ago by the original owner. I picked some and they are very pretty in the vase on the kitchen table.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Beautiful and informative lens! My grandma and great-grandma used to grow large gardens full of iris. Now I grow them as well. My only complaint is that they do not last long enough! :) They are one of my favorite early summer flowers.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love the lovely iris! Your beautiful lens made me think of spring - blessed

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      Great Lens.Thanks

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      oxfordian 6 years ago

      I love irises and I loive your lens! I especially like how you set up the A Love of the Iris poll. wow.

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      modernchakra 6 years ago

      Van Gogh's Iris Painting is one of my favorite. Very beautiful lens, and thanks for all the pictures!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Christine and Peter Broster 6 years ago from Tywyn Wales UK

      A beautifully constructed page and very interesting.

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      TheGourmetCoffe 6 years ago

      My wife loves to plant tulips, irises, and every other type of bulb that exists. They are beautiful plants and irises, in particular, are really spectacular. Very nice lens, liked the photography very much.

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      MariaMontgomery 6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I love irises, too. I've been raising them for years. I don't have so many now that we've relocated -- we moved in the dead of winter, so it was too cold & snowy to be out digging up flowers. There were some in the garden at our new home, but they weren't in the best of health. I'm gradually moving them to better locations, and replacing the ones I had before. This is a beautiful lens. Good job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      returning reader!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      returning reader!

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      SoniaCarew 6 years ago

      My mother's favorite flower. Ah, this blog brought back some beautiful memories.

      Beautiful, beautiful, images.

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Absolutely gorgeous visuals. Lovely and so worthy of your Purple Star. Congratulations.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      enjoyed browsing your lens, gave ya a 'thumbs up' for this nice lens.

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      TeacherRenee 6 years ago

      Your photos are amazing!

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I love irises, they are one of my favourite flowers.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Stunning. A favorite flower.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Lovely photographs! I also have a lens on Irises, so I guess you know I love them.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      they are beautiful

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Beautiful flowers... love the pink iris with the rain or dew drops on it! I remember having these flowers in our yard when I was a young child.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful Lens, one of my favourite flower, they do not last for long,but I enjoy them while they are blooming. Thanks for sharing *Blessed*

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      fantastic flower and lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Blessed!

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      SHorsburgh 6 years ago

      It is so beautiful and relatively easy to grow. A lot of mine have just appeared. My house is probably 50+ years old, so some kind person would have laid them. I loved this lens and before I read this I didn't realise how beneficial they were to health. Thank you Julia.

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      SHorsburgh 6 years ago

      It is so beautiful and relatively easy to grow. A lot of mine have just appeared. My house is probably 50+ years old, so some kind person would have laid them. I loved this lens and before I read this I didn't realise how beneficial they were to health. Thank you Julia.