a favourite flower Neomarica gracilis aka the Brazilian Walking Iris

Posted: September 25, 2020 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time
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Neomarica gracilis aka Brazilian Walking Iris
this is one of my favourite plants, the flowers are fleeting but fabulous for a day and keep flowering throughout spring. It’s one of the toughest plants I know, grows well in shade, doesn’t mind root competition as it sends out new plants from each flowering point (hence the name) and has even taken over a sandstone cliff where not much else could grow in one of our gardens. It’s also spectacular as an indoor plant in a big pot.
We were hoping to retire from gardening at the end of the year but will have to wait til March when I am eligible for the Age Pension, looking forward to seeing if this plant will cope in the cooler climate up in the Blue Mountains
both of my eyes have had lens replacements, being able to see clearly for the first time this century is Magic!
wadjet eye carved on sea glass Mo 2006

  1. deemallon says:

    How is it that some of the most resilient plants are also the most beautiful?

  2. Nancy says:

    Such a gorgeous flower! Thanks for the introduction! Hopefully time will fly and March gets here before you know it. 🙂

  3. What a beautiful flower, and how wonderful to be able to see it clearly!! Congratulations.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dana))) the wonder of modern medicine, I still need glasses for stitching and reading but can read the synopsis on the backs of books in the library without my glasses, see the tiny birds flitting in shrubberies and the number on the bus!

  4. Marti says:

    Your flower photo makes me want to find a similar flower and bundle it in cloth to see if I could get those glorious purple and rust colored markings…what an amazing plant and what an amazing time for you and Rod as you “see” your way soon, to your hearts landscape, the Blue Mountains.

    When R and I left our CA home, 18 years ago and traveled about, each place that we landed on held an unknown beauty; I am grateful to have lived in so many fascinating landscapes, from the tropics to snow capped mountains to the wide open spaces of Texas, to the nooks and hollars of Tennesee and now to the vast skies and deserts of New Mexico…still, if it were at all possible, my heart’s landscape was found on a trip to Ireland in 2006 for I have “lived” there before in another life and it all was so familiar…

    What a gift it is to have a heart’s landscape and even better, what joy when we are able to visit it and best of all, live in it…as you and Rod will come to know.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Marti))) Rod has lived in Sydney most of his life, he was born in Wales and immigrated with his parents in 1955. I came to Australia with my family in 1969 & have lived here in the inner city of Sydney since 1986, over half my lifetime! Blackheath is only 2 hours away by train so we can visit to keep feeding the dream for the next 5 months while we start getting ready to make the move. We have lived in this fragile old lady of a house for nearly 12 years, when we moved in at the end of 2008 I gave her 5 years before she would fall down but we have managed to keep the walls standing reasonably firm and the roof over our heads with the help of Greg the magic handyman!

  5. Els says:

    I hope your “Iris” will walk smoothly to the Blue Mountains just like you two !!!
    Wonderful eyes !

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Els))) I am looking forward to growing lots of cool climate plants like you have in your beautiful garden but will miss the warm climate plants that grow so well here in Sydney like Frangipanis, the native & exotic Orchids, Bromeliads & Gardenias!

  6. The gift of restored sight, what a blessing for you. No doubt the 5 months will fly fast as the rest of the year has. Loving the carved sea glass – such a beautiful result. All the best for your gardening season.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Leonie))) we are so lucky to have a good national health system, I was on the wait list for 4 years & my eyes had really deteriorated a lot this year so it was perfect timing! Glass engraving was my main form of expression from the 80’s through to when I got throat cancer in 2004, drawing, making handmade books and stitching cloth & talismans is better for my health and so much easier on my hands and eyes!

  7. Hazel says:

    Hooray for seeing clearly! That is an amazing bloom, and your eye carvings…wow.

  8. peter webb says:

    your art and creativity are in the same vein as Neomarica; diverse, resilient and like jewels. So wonderful that your eyes are now letting in all the light again. With Saturn moving direct and out of Capricorn, may the gleam in your eyes be reflected back to your garden world in your new mountain home. Neomarica works really well under trees as a leaf catcher. Leaves thrown in amongst her lance like leaves don’t blow out so easily; they get stuck there and rot down. As delicate as she seems, she is also a wonderful erosion controller. Planted where the water drops start to come together, she makes a beautiful garden out of small washed particles of soil and organic matter. A passionate plant. Her petals are a soil conditioner. Thanks for bringing her to our attention. love Pete

  9. debgorr says:

    Oh that’s lovely that you have improved sight! And a lovely flower too. 🙂 I need to move the Iris in my garden. As I’ve been here the shrubs have grown up and now I think they are in too much shade, or maybe just need to be divided?

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Deb))) Neomarica is not a true iris and does best here in Sydney in a shady position with a bit of morning sun, in reading up it’s not very frost tolerant but can be grown indoors for the cool months, we grew it for years as an indoor plant spilling out of 4 tall pots around a dragon painted column in an inner city tattoo studio. Bearded Irises love full sun with a free draining soil and don’t like being too wet, they do like being divided every 3-5 years but the Louisiana Irises like bogs & can grow well in a pond, there’s 100’s of varieties but many of them don’t thrive here in Sydney with our hot humid summers.

  10. Barry says:

    Hi MC – wow on two fronts – so glad you have restored sight – as visual artists the gift of good sight is so important and appreciated; and just how gorgeous is that flower.; and love the eye in the glass fragment. Go well. B

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Barry))) being able to see distance more clearly than I can ever remember is literally an eye opener, I walk around in a state of amazement and try to ignore the dust in the house hehe!

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