While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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The psychology of reblooming irises

Immortality

There’s a psychological term called “cognitive dissonance” which is the “the uncomfortable tension that may result from … experiencing apparently conflicting phenomena,” according to Science Daily.

That’s pretty much how I feel when I see a reblooming iris doing its thing in autumn.

On one hand, it’s a thrill to see a beautiful iris in bloom at any time.

On the other, it’s sort of jarring to see a spring vision in a fall garden.

The photo above shows ‘Immortality’ in my garden today. What a great name! It’s the only rebloomer I have, but I think I need to order more from Rainbow Iris Farm, my go-to Iowa iris provider.

My friend, Kelly D. Norris, owner of Rainbow Iris Farm, says ‘Immortality’ takes on a blue hue during cooler weather, and it definitely looked bluer when it started blooming a week ago (photo below).

“The theory of cognitive dissonance states that contradicting cognitions serve as a driving force that compels the mind to acquire or invent new thoughts or beliefs, or to modify existing beliefs, so as to reduce the amount of dissonance (conflict) between cognitions.”

I’m modifying. I’m modifying. It’s an easy cognitive leap. Let’s have irises blooming everywhere in fall!

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