Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
After an utterly dismal day with bad news and sad news, The Heartbeat of Haverhill really needed a pick me up. Haverhill, as it always has, came through for us in a big way, providing a mind absorbing scavenger hunt and the beauty of wild natural and cultivated flowers.
The irises in my garden are partly a gift from a patch overtaking the world at a friend’s house (thank you Rolan DeLoach Jr of Boxford) and partly a confirmation that THOH cannot pass up a bargain. Several years back as the Haverhill Garden Club was closing up its annual flower sale, we were offered an extremely discounted price on some plants. So without caring what type I was getting, I picked up a few iris plants, with the hope they’d survive in my briefly lit little plot.
This year, is definitely the year of the iris in my mini garden. The big irises were so stunning I brought out my camera, and then noticed my little irises were such a deep jewel tone that they deserved a photo as well. Next some wild irises we’d seen along the shore at Plug Pond a few days earlier came to mind. Our natural hoarding instinct triggered, we decided to seek out as many different types of irises as we could find in an hour or so. Along the way we learned that there is a solid brick colored iris (spotted in the Historic Highlands area) and the quest for the elusive pink iris was ended on Primrose St. Plus, the Mobil gas station on Rte 125 in Bradford, had a super lovely array.
A little research revealed some amazing facts – The Iris takes its name from the Greek word for Rainbow. Irises were prized by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. They are the source of France’s Fleur-de-lis emblem. And the three upright petals stand for Faith, Hope, and Wisdom – all of which are traits THOH hopes to capture along with these photos.
Our minds overtaken by the hunt, it was mere minutes until the worries of the world recessed enough to enjoy the gorgeous views so many lovely Haverhill neighbors offered us today. Thank you, thank you, thank you….smiles took root after viewing your gardens (from the street).