white iris and virginia waterleaf bouquet

White Iris Ditchflowers & Tiny Hitchhiker

I had forgotten about these! Then they started popping up on the roadsides and ditches out here where we live. Mostly white and yellow irises, some purple.

white iris ditchflowers
white iris ditchflowers

I never realized, growing up, that irises were a wildflower; to me they look so showy. And they are! And the name—according to Wikipedia, anyway—comes from the Greek word for rainbow, which feels appropriate for these bright blooms.

After walking down our road to pick these white and yellow ditchflowers, I found some Virginia waterleaf in bloom as well, and added them to my bouquet.

white iris ditchflowers with virginia waterleaf
white iris ditchflowers with virginia waterleaf

I also inadvertantly picked up a beautiful hitchhiker, a goldenrod crab spider, who was bright yellow from hiding in the lemony heart of one of these irises. When I tried to get her photograph, she dropped a line and disappeared into the weeds beside our drive. I hope she finds another pretty home like the one she had before.

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