Friday, May 24, 2013

The end of Iris Week: " I want that"

After the irises are done blooming, what does an iris lover do?
In addition to splitting the iris and moving them around the yard, giving them away, it's always fun to look at the iris catalogs (paper AND online) and dream a little bit about what OTHER irises I might want:
'Lady Friend '

'Bohemian Garnet'

Not to be covetous or anything, but I do love iris! Reminds me of this lady from the movie "Napoleon Dynamite:"

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Iris week continues.... Red?

There's not really a pure, true red bearded iris, yet. 
 I have no doubt someone will develop one, I'm surprised it hasn't happened, yet.
For now, though, I enjoy the ones I have in the yard, the near red maroon, russet, and wine colored irises. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Most of my irises are tall bearded, or German iris.   
  I do have to confess to a fondness for the Siberian iris, as well, though. 

These are some in the yard. They are overgrown at this point, and need to be separated or they will not bloom again for me. Siberian iris are a good plant to share, and seem to multiply even faster than bearded 

I've got some blue and yellow Siberian iris in my yard, as well.

Siberian iris have smaller, more delicate blooms than the bearded iris, and are native to northern Asia and central and eastern Europe. They are very hardy and tough plants! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Iris week - the oldies but goodies

These are early bloomers in my yard. 
They are a little more old-fashioned looking than the larger blooms that will come later.
 These golden brown iris are a little wind blown.

classic two toned 

these are an older variety, blue in color, but grape scented. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Iris week begins with the minis!

Iris week is here again! Today I'd like to show a few of the mini's, or dwarf iris:
This is a nice two toned purple and blue number. 

Purple mini

the blues are one of my favorites!