Welcome spring into your home with this collection of beautiful free printable vintage iris illustrations.
I’m a guy, so flowers don’t necessarily rank real high on my list of priorities. I’d say they fall somewhere between drapery shopping and vacuuming. It’s not that I don’t like flowers…I do. You’d have to be an unfeeling monster not to appreciate them in some way. But a rose is a carnation is a tulip, if you catch my drift.
It wasn’t until my first time shopping for plants/shrubs/flowers with Handan in the spring of 2014 that I came face-to-face with a flower that stopped me dead in my tracks.
This flower was regal.
It was important. I could feel its power and hold over me.
This flower meant something.
I wanted it. I had to have it!
Gently, I reached for my treasure and placed it in the cart. What a magnificent specimen! I felt I had unlocked some botanical secret to which only I was privy. Surely no one else knew the importance of this staggering eruption of beauty!
I wheeled the cart to where my babes was gawking at an enormous emerald green arborvitae. “Arbit vie-ree” she called them, as “arborvitae” was a little too tough for her Turkish tongue to wrangle. I couldn’t wait to show her the cascading petals of foggy-ocean blues and radiant violets – form and color in perfect harmony.
“My babes,” I said in hushed tones, “look.”
She tore her eyes from the emerald giant and planted them on my bearded iris. Her mouth turned down at the corners. She flicked her eyes up to meet mine.
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“I don’t like irises, my babes,” she said, and that was that. Crestfallen, I wheeled my prize back to the counter at which we met and placed it back among its peers.
“Someday,” I whispered and turned back to help my babes pick the two best-looking arbit vie-rees to flank our front entry.
The years rolled by, and I’ve yet to plant or enjoy an iris in our garden. But I haven’t given up hope! To me, there is no flower more beautiful than the iris. And so many colors and shapes! I consider them to be the poor-man’s orchid. Every so often when we’re in a nursery, I direct Handan’s attention to a bearded iris or a Siberian iris in the hopes that she’ll begin to see the beauty that I do in their ethereal blooms.
And I think it may be working!
When it came time to pick a flower for these vintage illustrations, Handan said, “you like irises, my babes, but I never let you have one, so I’ll make iris printables.”
It may be just a printable, but it’s a start. It’s progress, madam!
With luck, I may have myself a bearded iris with which to greet the spring of 2022!
Until then, I’ll have a few vintage iris illustrations on the wall, and that will keep me going until I can plant the real deal in the dirt outside our front door.
Free Printable Vintage Iris Illustrations
We designed these 12 free printable vintage iris illustrations in two sizes: 16×20 inch and 24×36 inch. But as our JPG files are high resolution, you can scale them up or down as necessary. 24×36 inch scales down easily to 20×30 / 16×24 / 12×18 / 8×12 / 4×6 inches, and 16×20 inch scales down to 12×15 / 8×10 / 4×5 inches with no problems. If you need help with scaling down these printables so you can print them on your home printer, then make sure you check out Handan’s “How To Easily Resize Pictures” post.
Note: If you don’t have a large format printer like the Canon i8720 Printer (prints up to 13×19 inches) and are wondering the best place to get these large printables printed bigger than 8×12, we recommend trying Staples in your area or Amazon print shop. Both stores offer custom-sized prints on matte or glossy paper, and they both cost about the same. Staples also offers Engineering Prints, which are really affordable for large-format prints, but in some areas (like ours), they must be ordered from their online print shop.
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