The Fleeting Life of a Melville Iris

Flowers bloom easily and frequently in Joburg. But they don’t always bloom for long.

The blooms on wild irises, also known as Dietes grandiflora, open gloriously for one day. The next day the blossom is shriveling, and the day after that it’s completely gone.

We have several large clumps of wild irises in our back garden and yesterday they all bloomed at once. I had my camera ready.

Yesterday, every blossom was perfect. This morning, true to form, they were all in their death throes.

RIP, Dietes grandiflora. You lived every day as if it were your last. I look forward to meeting your children next year.

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36 Comments

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough October 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Stunning, Heather! Simply stunning!
    Kathy

  • Reply Yashik Nanan October 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    beautiful!!

  • Reply tifloyd October 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Very Pretty!

  • Reply xandreverkes October 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    These flowers are a favourite for me to shoot!! They’ve got an angelic look!! 🙂 **

    • Reply 2summers October 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Yes, I love them too. I wish they would hang around a little longer! Luckily there are lots of them around here and they seem to bloom at different times.

  • Reply secretgardenproperties October 20, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Love that iris – they are so beautiful in big bunches.

    • Reply 2summers October 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Ha! It’s a great time of year to do that. A friend of mine from the photowalkers recently walked around Diepsloot and took photos only of flowers. He got some really great shots.

  • Reply eremophila October 20, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Your images show them even prettier than I remember them!

  • Reply joshimukard October 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I liked second and third pic.

  • Reply joshimukard October 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I liked second and third pic.

  • Reply Slowvelder October 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Ah I love these flowers – I didn’t know they only bloomed for one day – amazing!

    • Reply 2summers October 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      I know, amazing, huh? You figure that out as soon as you pick one and put it in a vase. Dead the next morning.

  • Reply Slowvelder October 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Ah I love these flowers – I didn’t know they only bloomed for one day – amazing!

    • Reply 2summers October 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      I know, amazing, huh? You figure that out as soon as you pick one and put it in a vase. Dead the next morning.

  • Reply Joburg Expat October 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I love these too, and your pics are great. The good news is they keep blooming all summer, like daylilies. So even though they only bloom for one day, there is always another one blooming the next…

    • Reply 2summers October 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Yes, I’m hoping for another round soon!

  • Reply Joburg Expat October 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I love these too, and your pics are great. The good news is they keep blooming all summer, like daylilies. So even though they only bloom for one day, there is always another one blooming the next…

    • Reply 2summers October 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Yes, I’m hoping for another round soon!

  • Reply thirdeyemom October 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Gorgeous photo!

  • Reply thirdeyemom October 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Gorgeous photo!

  • Reply namrata October 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    oooh beautiful photography, as always!

    • Reply 2summers October 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks Namrata and Nicole!

  • Reply namrata October 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    oooh beautiful photography, as always!

    • Reply 2summers October 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks Namrata and Nicole!

  • Reply Joburg Expat October 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Heather, I’m now wondering… are there different kinds of wild iris, or is this just a regular iris, not a wild one? I’ve got wild irises that look more yellowish in color and have a black dot in the middle (I have a pic on my gardening post at http://joburgexpat.blogspot.com/2011/09/gardening-in-south-africa.html but they are not as nice as yours), and these are the ones I meant when I said they bloom again and again in my yard (unless the gardening service decides to cut them all off again just before blooming). I’ve also got your kind of iris, but no one’s ever told me what it is called, so I’m not sure.

    • Reply 2summers October 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      I’m sure there are different kinds of wild iris, but this kind does bloom over and over though. We have some more blooming right now.

  • Reply Joburg Expat October 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Heather, I’m now wondering… are there different kinds of wild iris, or is this just a regular iris, not a wild one? I’ve got wild irises that look more yellowish in color and have a black dot in the middle (I have a pic on my gardening post at http://joburgexpat.blogspot.com/2011/09/gardening-in-south-africa.html but they are not as nice as yours), and these are the ones I meant when I said they bloom again and again in my yard (unless the gardening service decides to cut them all off again just before blooming). I’ve also got your kind of iris, but no one’s ever told me what it is called, so I’m not sure.

    • Reply 2summers October 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      I’m sure there are different kinds of wild iris, but this kind does bloom over and over though. We have some more blooming right now.

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