iridescent iris

September 30, 2010

in guestsMM, Plants

Iris - Iridaceae   |   Mesmerising Moments

This morning I woke early.  It was cool and still, and from my window I could see the last of a coastal fog rolling away.

Quietly untangling myself from my two sleeping children, I nudged the warm amorphous mass of puppies at the foot of my bed and together we headed downstairs to start up the engine room (kitchen) of my home for another day.

And then I spied something.  A hint of acid green Wisteria leaves – a sliver of promise bending themselves towards the morning light, whilst curling determinedly around the post on my verandah.

And just beyond this – a group of richly purple Iris buds insisting that they be noticed and admired, now.

None of this existed when I’d gone to bed the previous evening.

Spring had come to my garden during the night.

Today’s Mesmerising Moment is by Caroline Webster a freelance writer and author of Small Fry Outdoors – inspiration for being outside with children.

She is a “passionate believer in the magic and power of being outdoors and encouraging lots of unstructured play for children”. Caroline is also President of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

You can read more from Caroline on her blog, Caro & Co, and follow her on Twitter – @salisburydowns.

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Mesmerising Moments are more wonderful when shared.

Find out more about Iris (Iridaceae) on Wikipedia.

Photo credit: Lesley Wagle

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