Heirloom flowers are rich with history.
They offer a living connection with gardeners of the past: the pioneers, Thomas Jefferson, medieval monks, Chinese emperors, or maybe your own grandmother.
Native from Europe to Nepal, bearded iris are one of the world’s oldest cultivated flowers. They were carved on the walls of Egyptian temples, grown by the monk Walafrid Strabo in the ninth century, and included in Gerard’s great Herbal of 1597.
Colonial gardeners grew a handful, but the real glory days for bearded iris began in the mid-1800s when breeders in France developed scores of exciting new varieties. British and American enthusiasts soon joined in, and by the 1920s iris ranked as one of the top three perennials in American gardens.
(*text from oldhousegardens.com)
Original Size: 15×20”
Medium: Watercolor on 300 pound Arches cold press
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