Iris are just about the most lovely flower imaginable. Perhaps some work is needed to keep them going, such as more frequent division, yet they are so worth it. They are just beginning to bloom and it is such a sight. I like to go out every morning to get a few pictures before I head to work.
Foreign Legion just opened and it is a real stunner
Here is a nice grouping of Spot Starter and Best Bet.
A closer look at Spot Starter.
A look at Best Bet- this one has bloomed reliably every year.
Winter Waltz is so pretty.
Jurassic Park is putting on a show this season.
This is Cherry Blossom Song. First time I have seen it, and it was planted in 2010. The problem that summer was the rain. Way too much and the area I had the iris planted in sat too low. They do not like to have wet feet! So I moved all of them, and now they are all starting to regain what they lost. Unfortunately the tags were misplaced in the moving. So now I have very pleasant surprises!!If you are seeing a few stakes on the iris, it is because we have had a few days of strong wind, and I don’t want to lose any of the blooms. Normally, the tall bearded iris don’t require staking.
This iris is Wench. A favorite here as it blooms every year.
Midnight Treat is just that!!
A pretty dark iris, Matt McNames
A grouping of Trade Secret, just starting to open. There are a lot of buds, so it should look remarkable in a matter of days.
The daylilies are just around the corner, and I am starting to see scapes. Now for anyone who loves daylilies, you can share with me just how exciting that is!
This scape is in a potted daylily, and they tend to run a bit ahead of the others in the garden, but just yesterday, I found three different daylilies in the gardens with scapes. ( Stellas don’t count!)
The Allium Pinball Wizard looks good. The two bulbs split, and the blooms are somewhat smaller, but no complaints on that. I like having more blooms.
All daffodils are now officially gone. :(. The foliage remains, and I am starting to lay it down, coaxing the foliage to snuggle in among the other perennials. This new daffodil bed shows the foliage starting to lay down. I don’t have other perennials planted here, except for a few asiatic lillies, some sedum and a few ferns. This bed gets mostly shade during the summer. So, I added a couple of metal alliums!! They do the trick. I will most likely just mulch this bed in, rather than plant over the daffodil bulbs. It looks pretty messy right now. A few days of heat will ripen that foliage.
Can’t seem to find a picture of my garden helper, Bowie, so I will close with a happy grouping of Gerbera Daisy. They followed me out of the store the other day. They are an annual here, but I have been able to keep them for several years, by putting them in the gardening room that keeps them from freezing. Aren’t they pretty? I will go find Bowie now, and get back out there! Happy Gardening.