|A classic beauty Iris germanica|
This bearded Iris is one of them.
I met them when I was about 7 years old. A friend invited me to her house to play after school. They had a big sunny front yard filled with old fashioned flowers. The garden was being tended by her grandmother; a serious woman with the most amazing silver blue hair. She was very kind to an inquisitive little girl who peppered her with questions about the tall purple flower that smelled exactly like grape soda. She let me walk across the lawn to touch and smell the flowers I now know were German Iris.
|Iris with Columbine, Shooting Star, Golden Ragwort and Foam Flower|
To this day, their scent evokes the sweetest memories of kind friends, sunny gardens and silvery blue haired gardeners. Their tall form and rich lilac flowers fit nicely with my dear wildflower friends.
They are beautiful and smell luscious. Let's try something.
Imagine a warm spring day.
The birds are singing just over your shoulder.
There is a hint of sweetness in the air.
You feel the irresistible urge to move closer,
to find it.
It's right over there.
You are so close that you can see the beard,
touch the velvet petals and,
it smells delicious.
Just like grape soda.
Tell me, is there a plant that has captured your attention and never lost it?
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