Iris…a rainbow or a messenger of the gods
“Thou art the Iris, fair among the fairest,
Who, armed with golden rod
And winged with the celestial azure, bearest
The message of some God.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Flower-de-Luce
I can only describe Irises as a sweet flower for its delicate petals. In Greek, Iris means rainbow, for its colourful varieties. It is also the mythical Greek goddess for the Messenger of the gods and Iris is the her sacred flower as a symbol of communication and messages. During the later part of May until mid June, Tsurumai Park celebrates the Japanese Iris Festival. They have three varieties – Hanashōbu, those grown in wetlands; Kakitsubata, those grown in semi-wetlands and Ayami, those that grow in the wild and dry lands. Here are some photos I took and hope you’ll enjoy them.
There are up to 300 varieties of Iris flowers and can be found in different parts of the world. My only regret for missing the festival last Sunday was missing the tea ceremony – which I truly savour! Well, maybe another time…