“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
― Oscar Wilde
My sincere thanks to the other Foxes and our Hound, as well as our readers for making my guest foxes welcome over the last few weeks.
I spent four weeks in the USA travelling along the West Coast and had a wonderful time. We were amazed by the stunning beauty, the diversity in scenery as well as the open welcome by everyone. I hope I will get the opportunity to one day write a little bit more about our experience either here or on my blog.
Anyway, this week’s theme is flowers, or more specifically: our favourite flower. I’ve got to say, this is easy. Without a doubt, my favourite flower is the Iris. There are people out there who don’t like their name, I ain’t one of them – I love my name. Although …. It’s not pronounced the English way, but more like “Eiris” as in Irresponsible or Irresistible.
So my favourite flower, I prefer the deep purple version of the Iris, comes along with me wherever I go. I’ve had them growing in my backyard in my previous homes, so no surprise that you can find them in my current home as well. I remember, my mum giving me the number of Irises according to my age every birthday. She stopped at 18 and I was soooo upset that she thought better of it the following year. I’m sure I heard a quiet sigh of relief when I moved to Australia and she figured she didn’t have to rush around town anymore, trying to find Irises in winter time.
AND can you imagine my joy when I saw them flowering in the wild along the USA Big Sur? I was delighted!
Here a few facts you may or may not know: (from Wikipedia)
* An iris is one of the state flowers of Tennessee. Tradition holds that the particular iris symbolizing Tennessee is a purple cultivar, to go alongside the wild-growing Purple Passion Flower which is the state’s other floral emblem. Greeneville, Tennessee is home to the annual Iris Festival celebrating the Iris, local customs, and culture.
* The artist Vincent van Gogh painted several famous pictures of irises.
* The fleur-de-lis, a stylized iris, first occurs in its modern use as the emblem of the House of Capet. The fleur-de-lis has been associated with France as Louis VII adopted it as a symbol in the 12th Century. The yellow fleur-de-lis reflects the Yellow Iris, common in Western Europe. Contemporary uses can be seen in the Quebec flag and the logo of the New Orleans Saints professional football team, and on the flag of Saint Louis, Missouri.
* The red fleur-de-lis in the coat-of-arms of Florence (Italy) descends from the white iris which is native to Florence and which grew even in its city walls. This white iris, displayed against a red background, became the symbol of Florence until the Medici family, to signal a change in political power, reversed the colors making the white one red and setting in motion a centuries-long breeding program to hybridize a red iris.
* Furthermore, the fleur-de-lis is the almost-universal symbol of Scouting and one of the symbols adopted by the sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
* The provincial flower of Québec (Canada) is the Harlequin Blueflag, called iris versicolore in French
With that …. I close off. Very much looking forward to reading about the foxes/hound’s favourite flowers this week.
What’s yours ?