The Iris and Rose

Eng 111

July 8, 2004

In my life I have discovered two beautiful flowers that grow in my garden. Both the iris and the rose are planted in my backyard garden. While the iris is exotic and dazzling in color, the roses are beautifully romantic and inviting to the eye.

In history the Persian poet Hafiz called the rose “a beauty spot on the cheek of the world”. During the Middle Ages, the rose was a symbol of the Resurrection and the Virgin Mary. Pope Hadrian / had placed roses over his confessional as a joyful symbol of silence. The iris was the goddess of the rainbow and a messenger to the gods. Iris was shuttled between haven and earth atop colorful arcs. Whenever she stepped on earth, iris flowers sprang up in all the hues of the rainbow.

Roses are sweetly scented. The colors and sizes of the roses are exquisite. The rose is a very delicate flower; that comes in a wide variety of colors, ranging from pure white through yellow, pink and orange to red. Roses can have two or more colors blended together. My preference is the red rose, the pink, the white and the yellow. Irises come in virtually every color in the world, sky blue to the deepest ocean blues, blazing coppers, radiant red, saffron yellows, and soft rosy pink. There are also the innumerable color combinations, multihued beauties, contrasting beards, and other unique patterns.

The rose petals form a distinctive raised cone shape. Roses are straight-stem and upright growing in the garden. Each stems bears only one rose. The iris has six petals. The three inner petals point up and are called standards. The three outer petals of the irises are called falls. The beards are the hairs that grow in the center of the falls. The gray-green leaves are long, flat and pointed, and overlap almost like a fan.

In my garden both of the flowers were planted close together because of their uniqueness. Through storms and drought, insects and animals, they grow facing the sun. I also plant other flowers in my garden. I have mixed grand iris, playful daisies, lush lilacs, tender baby’s breath and roses. Each summer the flowers make a majestic spray on my dining room table.