Irises and the Madness of Spring

May 12, 2015

White iris from Kitty's garden

White iris from Kitty’s garden

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”
— Iris Murdoch

“A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.”
— Emily Dickinson

The joyful, wholesome madness of Spring is evident in my friend Kitty’s iris garden.  What a gift of riotous color and sensuous forms her iris patch is.  I was not the only visitor — a hummingbird also zapped in and out, as mesmerized as I was by the flowers.  I plan to go back next week to see the splash of new blooms.

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My watercolor sketches made on site in Kitty's garden

My watercolor sketches made on site in Kitty’s garden

Watercolor sketch of iris made later from a photos

Watercolor sketch of iris made later from a photos

 

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3 Responses to “Irises and the Madness of Spring”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I didn’t know that “iris” is derived from the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow. That explains its application to the flower, and to a part of the human eye. The photos are beautiful!

  2. kittybluhm Says:

    I love seeing the iris through your eyes, Rosemary. (Now there are 8 new varieties open!)

  3. Cynthia Melcher Says:

    I so envy your irises! Wow! Mine are getting hit by aphids, snow, howling winds, and freezes… not sure they will ever look like your beauties!


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