Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Adieu Mon Fleur De Lis

(photo taken in formal dining room)

Although the Iris isn't at the very top of my list of favorite flowers, I still appreciate and enjoy it's unique beauty. It's no wonder the French monarchy ordained this flower as their national symbol. Because of the city of New Orleans historical connection to France, it adopted the Fleur De Lis as the city's emblem. The rich deep blue and purple and bright bold yellow center band gives this flower it's undeniable place next to royalty. For me, they are a beautiful reminder of summer's end.

For more detailed facts about the Iris, you can visit

Here are some quick interesting facts about the Iris from flowerexpert.com

Irises come in many forms, shapes, colors and sizes and the sword-like foliage is attractive when the plant is not in bloom.

Iris are among the best-known and loved among garden plants. Iris are hardy herbaceous perennials.

The genus Iris is a large genus of bulbous and rhizomatous perennials.

The Iris was named after the Goddess of the rainbow because of it's many colours.

A flower on the Sphinx is considered to be an Iris, and another appears on a bas-relief of the time of the 18th Egyptian dynasty.

Pliny also knew the Iris and praised its medicinal virtues.

The Iris was also a favourite flower of the Moslems, who took it to Spain after their conquest in the 8th century.

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