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Flowers are growing and blooming more this spring than in years past. My favorite, the peonies, out did themselves and now the irises are showing off.

Irises have been in North America since the 1600s. They were brought from Europe by early settlers. These lovely flowers can be found not only in North America and Europe, but also in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Asia. History tells us the ancient Egyptians placed an iris flower on the brow of the Sphinx as a symbol of bravery and wisdom.

Where did the name “Iris” originate? Reports say there was a Greek Goddess that was named “Iris” and...


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