An Iris called George

Iris ‘George’: deep purple is traditionally associated with royalty
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

Growing a plant on a bedroom window sill is a great way to observe its development. I purchased a small pot of dwarf Iris bulbs for a modest pocket money sum before Christmas. I recorded the bulbs’ development with photos on an almost daily basis. My potted Iris goes by the name of George.

Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods in Greek mythology. The Iris has also taken on a number of meanings including faith, hope, wisdom, courage and admiration. Iris ‘George’ is therefore a great way to send out colourful greetings and good wishes for New Year’s Eve.

First day on the window sill for Iris ‘George’ on 9 December 2019
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

Once the bud unsheathed, flowering seemed to follow very quickly.

Day 19: open Iris ‘George’ in pot on 27 December 2019 © Karen Netto (Andrews)
Iris ‘George’ with its striking markings open in time for 2020 New Year celebrations
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

Wishing you a colourful, plant-filled Happy New Year in 2020!

© Karen Netto (Andrews)

References and Further Reading

Linnegar, Sidney & Hewitt, Jennifer (2003): Irises. RHS Wisley Handbooks. Cassell Illustrated. Octopus Books. London.

ProFlowers (2019): History and Meaning of Irises. ProFlowers Blog. Last accessed 31 December 2019.

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