Did you know that the “fleur-de-lis” is a stylized iris? And in ancient Greece, Goddess Iris was the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow. She acted as the link between heaven and earth.
Thou art the Iris, fair among the fairest,
Who, armed with golden rod
And winged with the celestial azure, bearest
The message of some God.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from Iris
Then we had the irises, rising beautiful and cool on their tall stalks, like blown glass, like pastel water momentarily frozen in a splash, light blue, light mauve, and the darker ones, velvet and purple...
-Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale