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June 2, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Heirloom Iris, A History Exposed

Garden Iris, Exposed

A yellow iris from stock that my grandfather grew when I was a young child, nearly 50 years ago. It is a deep golden yellow and it’s mahogany markings are stunning. This photo shows the very depths of the iris flower, at it’s very core.

This view is fitting – it represents the origins of my love of gardening and nature. My grandfather and I spent hours together each day from early spring to late fall out in his gardens. There I learned to tell the difference between a flower and a weed, to plant a seed and transplant a plant, and to care for a garden and then reap its rewards – beautiful flowers, luscious vegetables, and deep satisfaction and joy sharing in the beauty of nature and her gifts.


  1. rlovison / Jun 2 2008 7:21 am

    Another beautiful image Bo!

    Thanks for sharing your story of your grandfather as it reminded me of my own grandfather. I have fond memories of him as he was an avid gardener. He managed to turn his small, inner city backyard lot into a beautiful garden of fruit trees, grape arbors and vegetables.

    I remember his constant, almost humorous battle with the gray squirrels, trying to outsmart them. I also remember the day he introduced me to grafting by showing me his attempt of combining two types of plum trees, a process I found remarkable at the time.

  2. Gandalf / Jun 2 2008 8:03 am

    Beautiful colors and patterns and a nice vignette on the genesis of your gardening.

  3. Anna Surface / Jun 2 2008 4:43 pm

    Very lovely! I don’t have any yellow irises but the neighbor does and I was admiring them. How fortunate you had a grandfather to teach you so much, and is still with you… even in your photography.

  4. Robin / Jun 3 2008 9:31 am

    Your grandfather gave you a lovely gift. 🙂

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