I came back from a weekend away to find that amongst an increasing display of purple, one white iris has emerged. My purple Dutch irises have been delighting me since late June when they started to spike ... but now, with other colours emerging, this is certainly a sign that Persephone is returning from the Underworld and Spring is on its way.
Almost ironically however my other Spring flowers, the jonquils, daffs and freesias have yet to make an appearance.
As the weather warms, I am reminded of a poem about Demeter's quest penned by the late Shekhinah Mountainwater ...
All golden now
She springs to the earth
And alights to turn the brown grasses green
Her Mother's tears mix with Her own
And fall to make the green more green ...