Iris: The Flower of Faith, Valor and Wisdom
Associated with the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. It should come as no surprise that the iris’s three upright petals symbolize faith, valour and wisdom. They are also symbolize valued friendship, hope, my compliments and passion.
A birth flower is a flower symbol for the month of someone’s birth. There is a birth flower or two that represent every month in which a person was born. They are also called birth month flower. It is a special and personalized gift to send birth flowers for someone’s birthday.
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Acrylic painting on canvas. 50×35cm, Completed 21.1.11.
Sold to Cağla Louise 31.3.13. Koyceğiz.
“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time…So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me, but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.” Georgia O’Keefe
With history dating back to Greek mythology, irises come in a rainbow of colors, the most popular being the deep blue variety. Their primary meanings include faith, hope, wisdom, courage, and admiration.
With striking uniqueness and beauty, irises have rich meanings, and when given as gifts, they can convey deep sentiments. With over 200 varieties in a wide spectrum of colors, the iris, which fittingly takes its name from the Greek word for “rainbow,” can be found in virtually every part of the world, growing both naturally and in farms. While garden irises can come in any of these many varieties, the flower’s cut versions are mostly blue (the most popular type), white, and yellow.
The iris’s history is rich, dating back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide the dead in their journey. Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the iris’s exotic nature, and drawings have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces. During the Middle Ages, the meaning of irises became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognized national symbol of France. From their earliest years, irises were used to make perfume and as a medicinal remedy. Today, they are primarily seen in gardens, in bouquets, and in the wild all over the world.