The language of flowers: Iris

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The story of the Iris flower dates back to Ancient Greece, when Iris, the Goddess of the rainbow, acted as the messenger between heaven and earth. She traveled from one world to another, carrying messages across the arc of the rainbow. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide the dead in their journey. Today, the flower named for her is considered a symbol of communication and messages.

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In the language of flowers, the Iris means faith, hope, and wisdom. The purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments;

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blue symbolizes faith and hope;

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yellow symbolizes passion;

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and white iris symbolizes purity. It’s fitting that they are found in abundance in the Memorial Garden, where our passionate angel volunteers travel the state to rescue and return lost, displaced and broken dogs to a place of faith and hope.

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A perfect statement for our mission – standing tall and beautiful this spring in the garden.

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.”
-Lady Bird Johnson

16 comments

  1. Wonderful post, Ogee. I have always loved the idea of Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, and think of her every spring as my iris bloom. I love your connection to the beautiful canine creatures in your Goldens Garden πŸ™‚

  2. Jody Jones

    I enjoyed this one. Thanks

    From: Gardens For Goldens Reply-To: Gardens For Goldens Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:22 AM To: Jody Jones Subject: [New post] The language of flowers: Iris

    WordPress.com Ogee posted: ” The story of the Iris flower dates back to Ancient Greece, when Iris, the Goddess of the rainbow, acted as the messenger between heaven and earth. She traveled from one world to another, carrying messages across the arc of the rainbow. Purple irises w”

  3. Nessy San

    Iris is a perfect symbol of your place. I wish everyone who has the opportunity to do the same thing as you guys are doing, will know the meaning of the blue iris and be inspired to do good things to others, whether animals or humans. I wish you the best! πŸ˜€

  4. Wonderful post! One of my best friends from college is named Iris. She hated it…until a professor had her research it and learn the beauty and tradition behind it. I’ve sent her an email with your link. Thank you for this post.

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