Bearded irises are now in bloom in our garden. So far, they have appeared in only two colors. We’re still waiting for more…
Iris, in Greek mythology, was Goddess of the Rainbow. Throughout history, the iris flower has been a symbol of royal families.
According to the website americanmeadows.com:
“One of the earliest known artworks of an iris is a fresco in King Minos’ palace on the Greek Island of Crete. The palace dates from 2100 BC.
Of course, the most famous royal use of the iris as a symbol of power and position was that of the Bourbon Kings of France, including Louis XIV. The iris was adapted on royal banners as the “Fleur de Lys”, the elegant, three-sectioned symbol that disappeared from the French flag with their Revolution, but is still quite common in the decorative arts. In fact, today it still proudly adorns the beautiful flag of the French-founded Province of Quebec in Canada, shown at right.
Great Britain also borrowed the motif. Edward III added the iris to his royal coat of arms during the 14th Century. And a famous painting of Elizabeth I shows her in a gown embroidered with irises.”