Saturday, June 19, 2010

Finishing up Iris week (month?)

I may have mentioned Beverly Sills before. Here is how this iris is described on the Shreiner's webpage:
Exciting coral pink all over,
Beverly Sills is one of the most talked about and sought-after pink Iris of all time.

She is THE BEST Pink iris, according to almost everybody. I have several pinks, but have wanted this famous and supposedly fabulous iris.

So I bought one, and it was NOT Beverly Sills.
Somebody made a mistake somewhere.
The iris I bought labeled Beverly Sills was NOT even PINK.

Oh well. Sometimes that happens, and so, last year, I tried again,
and bought another "Beverly Sills"... imposter!
Although I will have to say, this light lavender with tangerine beard (name???) is very attractive.
Maybe I'll try again in a few years, and buy another iris labeled 'Beverly Sills.'

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day- June 2010

What's blooming at my place? Irises, of course..
This little fledgling robin snuck in here somehow. Hope he finds a safe spot for the night!
My blue perennial geranium.
The thyme is blooming! Not so many bees, yet, though.
This is a 'sun rose' called 'Dazzler' -a pretty red Helianthemum.
Last, but never least, another iris - this is a closeup of Oriental Design.
Happy blooms! Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who hosts Bloom Day every month!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Joyous Morn - no rain!

"Joyous Morn" is a new iris in my garden this year.

As it unfolded, I remember thinking, ' why did I put this in the pink bed?'
It is described as rose-apricot falls with dusty rose self, and tangerine colored beard. My plant seems to have more brown tones to it than I had anticipated. It is not bad, just not as pink, rosy, or apricot as I had thought it would be from the picture and description. heh. I guess I am feeling a bit luke warm about this one. But at least it is not raining today!! That is joyous news.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Irises, and more irises

The Siberian irises are in their glory now. Most of the year, the plants just look like grass on steroids, taller, but not much to look at.
If you pay attention in May, you can see the buds bulging on the side of the stem/blades.
I messed around with the purple-blue ratio in the picture, and am satisfied that this is truer to life than what I get from my digital camera. If I can replicate this adjustment, I'll post some of my purple bearded iris another day.

Here's iris-a-palooza in our walking garden.
I love walking through and seeing what has bloomed each day.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Iris week - how many shades of yellow are there?

When you start loving irises, and growing irises, and BUYING irises, it doesn't take long to notice that there are a LOT of colors, sizes, and varieties.
This is an iris that migrated past our fence into the field next door. Don't you love this bright, clear yellow?
Seeing this always makes me smile.

This iris (below) may not technically be yellow. We'll be charitable and call it 'gold,'
really , it's more of a brown.

Here's another salvage iris, yellow with white and brown tones. Not a fave of mine, really.
Here's a nice buttery-yellow.
It's a keeper.

Another yummy yellow beauty. Sorry I don't know the names of any of these.

Here's a space ager, name of course, unknown.
Odd, really, with blue spears extending from the edge of the beard. Odd colors too.

Here's our final yellow iris of the day. Intense, almost mustard-
yellow falls, delicate white standards and white veining.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Iris week - Spiced Custard

More pumpkin colors today - and I found that recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake,
I'll try and link it in, if I can find it
The falls (bottom three petals) look browner in this picture than they do 'in person.'
This iris is rich in color, and a bit different than most. The description from Blue J Iris describes the iris as a tall bearded iris with creamy yellow blend selfs (the upper three petals) and the lower three petals are cinnamon brown in color. The beard is a maraschino red. Pretty nice, eh?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Iris week continues, and yes, I missed Tuesday... mrk

This bi-color is called Pumpkin Cheesecake. It is blooming for the first time in my yellow/orange iris bed, and I am loving it!
It is looking good with these ruffled orange beauties as a backdrop.
Not surprisingly, I can't find the name for them. Maybe Summit Satin. sigh.
more Iris failure . I'll add that name if I EVER find it. bigger sigh.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

IRIS week is here!!! yes, it is...

White. Bland? not at all. I have two white irises in my yard. One was salvaged from the dump by my DH. The salvage irises are larger and taller, (on the right in the photo below),
and you can see the iris on the left are slightly smaller, with a bluish cast.
Same with the buds, in this picture (below).
Here is a closeup of the 'bluish' iris' fall. Don't you love the
blue veining? (One place where that is considered attractive, lol!)

This picture features the yellow-to-white beard on the larger iris.
Yep, I really do love iris. Here is a parting shot of the smaller iris opening. Gotta love it!