Monday, June 17, 2013

Carpe Diem #224, Shoobu (Japanese Iris)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I was preparing this episode I realized that this prompt for today is (again) on Japanese Iris, earlier we had Rabbit Ear Iris and today we have Shoobu (Japanese Iris) I hope you all do not mind that. It's a wonderful flower and I think there are enough possibilities to compose and share haiku on Japanese Iris.

The term "Japanese iris" (Iris ensata, including Iris kaempferi) encompasses three varieties of Irises cultivated in gardens or growing wild in Japan: (hana)shoobu, kakitsubata and ayame.
The (Hana) shoobu  grows in the wet land and is the most extensively cultivated variety in Japanese gardens. According to the place where it was cultivated, it is classified into the Edo (Tokyo), Higo (Kumamoto Prefecture), Ise (Mie Prefecture), American (U.S.A.) and other series. It is extensively grown in gardens throughout the temperate zones. Several cultivars have been selected, of which 'Rose Queen'  and 'Variegata' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Credits: Shoobu (Japanese Iris)

Well ... isn't it a beauty? Let me look if I can write a haiku on this Japanese Iris.

like a rainbow
as far as I can see
a sea of Irises

a sea ofl Irises
waving in the Summer breeze
a rainbow garden

Hm ... not as strong as I hoped, but ... I love them both. Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all on Carpe Diem.

This prompt will stay on 'til June 19th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next episode, Kawasemi (Kingfisher), later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).
!! The Linking Widget for Shoobu (Japanese Iris) will open at 8:00 PM (CET) today!!


  1. I don't bad for missing the Rabbit Ears Iris prompt now Kristjaan.

    I love the rainbow garden image :)

  2. the rainbow garden is a nice turn of words. nce visual haiku.

  3. Thanks for continuing to host Carpe Diem. I know it takes a lot of time and energy!

  4. What a sight to behold -- a sea of irises!!
    I too wish to thank you for all the effort and work it takes to continue offering a daily meme for us. It is appreciated!

  5. As I prepare to write about this majestic iris, I remember the first time I saw several of these at the Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor Maine. I sat down next to them and started to paint them...I think they are so breath taking. Thank you for a second iris prompt.

    And I want to second MMT...thank you for your dedication and hard work to present these prompts.


  6. Mine hasn't been linking properly, so you can find it at: Search: japanese-iris

  7. Look for mine at:

  8. Your Japanese Iris is absolutely beautiful!

    check out my recent post on my blooming Japanese Iris,