The flower, red seeds and pods of Iris foctidissima

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Genesis 1: 1-5

God spoke, and His words created His works in the natural world. God’s creation is but a reservoir of means made ready for Him to employ instantly to do what He wants to do.

EG White written in letter 131 in 1897
This is Iris foctidissima. These flowers are nectar rich and great for attracting bees.
My sister-in-law sent me this picture in the summer (2021) . She said the plant had come from a Yorkshire garden owned by our husbands’ Granny (Dorothy’s mother). Roy says his Granny used to say she was born the year Queen Victoria died which was 1901 ( 120 years ago.) I didn’t take a picture of my flowers blooming in the summer so I have asked to use hers. Thank you🙂

This morning while raking the apple leaves these red seeds in their splitting pod cases caught my attention. They are the seeds of this type of flower.
Here they are for you to see.
The bright orange spherical fruit of Iris foctidissima is contained in a pod and is not a berry.
The Iris plant is an evergreen perennial with glossy rich green leaves. Some people find the smell of its leaves unpleasant when crushed or bruised, an odour described as beefy. The whole plant is poisonous!
The tallest stem holds a pod curling away from the seeds with some seeds already gone. Some other names for this Iris are: roast beef plant, gladden, gladwyn, stinking iris, blue seggin and a few others. This container was used in the post “Hops, Teasels and puffed up orange Zinnias.” It belonged to Dorothy and Brian.

Try to do new creative things!

If you hear a voice within you say ” you cannot paint “

then by all means paint and the voice will be silenced.

“I like so much to paint the eyes of people than to paint cathedrals.”

Vincent Van Gogh

4 thoughts on “The flower, red seeds and pods of Iris foctidissima

  1. Love the history of your iris. How special! Look after it well. Our African iris looks quite similar, but it has none of those stunning berries.
    Looking forward to seeing your paintings 🥰. Go for it!


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