Bearded Purple Irises at Sunset look transparent
Blue encounters Bearded Irises
Blue never met a flower he didn’t like… and he does like Bearded Irises very much!
They’re called bearded because the darker colored lower petals fall in the shape of a beard and are a bit fuzzy in the center. Butterflies and humming birds love irises too.
Blue sat in front of yellow and purple Bearded Irises that need lots of sunlight to grow tall and hardy. Bearded Irises grow the tallest of all the iris flowers and are very popular in gardens, on rooftops and in flowerpots everywhere. There are eight different varieties or types of Bearded Irises, but close to 300 types of irises can be found around the world… and in lots of different sizes, shapes and colors. They were brought to America from central and southern Europe, but thirty species are native to the U.S. Irises bloom at different times around the country according to temperate zone and can bloom more than once if they’re given special attention. In southern New York state where Blue lives they bloom from mid May into June.
Peace and tranquility in the Hudson River Valley
Life along the Hudson north of Cold Spring opens up bit more and feels more rural and homey. Blue likes to feel homey and found a lovely garden on a public lawn to sit and watch the sunlight’s fading rays across the river behind the historic town of Newburgh. The distant hills behind Newburgh are the Hudson Highlands, smaller mountains within the Catskill Mountain Range. South of Blue is the historic village of Cold Spring. North is the town of Beacon. Blue wants to go to Beacon again very soon because he likes it there a lot.
Sunset over Newburgh
Blue wanted to share a painting called Irises by Vincent Van Gogh, a famous Dutch painter who lived a long time ago.
Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, Saint-Rémy, France, 1889
Oil on canvas
28 x 36 5/8 in.
Blue also wanted to share four samples of stylized iris flowers, which are also referred to as flower-of-the-lily. They are used to represent different things and symbolized by a three-pronged fleur-de-lis.
The fleur-de-lis designs below represent: a coat of arms from Italy, a coat-of-arms from the Ukraine, the Canadian flag of Quebec Province and blue and yellow patterned material once used to represent the French Monarchy .
Florence, Italy Coat of Arms
Ukrainian Coat of Arms
Flag of Quebec, Canada
French material design pattern
Cornell Extension: http://www.ccenassau.org/hort/fact_sheets/a211_iris_culture_oct00.pdf
Bearded Irises: http://www.irises.org/About_Irises/Cultural%20Information/BeardedClassifications.html