Showing posts with label iris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iris. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Time Has Come

And, it makes me so happy !
They are so lovely !
It is a beautiful warm sunny day but expect a little cooling by the weekend. I'm working in the garden. More words next time.

Wishing you a Joyous Day.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Is It Ever Going To Stop

I am beginning to think not! Every other day or there abouts this is the view of outside from my window. This particular day also brought lots of thunder and lightning. And, some of the heaviest rain fall I have ever heard or seen.

Just look at the water coming off the roof even though the gutters and downspouts are functioning as they should. And, then the Hail came down. The rushing  water is very visible by the gate and other areas.

It's a little difficult to get much done in the garden with this unpredictable weather.  Joyfully, I noticed that my recently (last fall) replanted Iris Bed is doing very well.  As a result of that activity, I have lots of iris plants popping up where ever I dumped  my buckets of garden debris, mostly in my yard waste dump area behind the garden shed.  Hopefully, I can share some of the new iris plants with others that may be interested. I think that is called "pass along plants". And, I like that!

It will be fun to see how many of the iris will match up with some of the iris that bloomed and I photographed a few years ago.

I hope I am not boring you with my Iris Flower Bed project. I am hoping to show you some results from all my hard work. Not surprising, Iris are one of my favorite flowers. They are right up there with Roses !

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

It Won't Be Long And This Project Can Be "Put To Bed"

My hard work in the garden is beginning to show some nice results.

From this - - -

The weeds were spilling over the rock wall and across the path and into the iris bed. In the upper left corner you can see some of the iris. This was in the spring and the weeds quickly turned to dry and brown.

The weeds were dug up and I covered the rocky ground with a lot of garden soil that I had delivered. After that I planted the Gomphrena (Fireworks) that I had transplanted into those green pots until I had the flower bed ready for planting.

Gomphrena (Fireworks)

The Fireworks plants are planted in the nice garden soil and I am hopeful that they will flourish and produce a riot of color next year. I have a lot of small Stella D'oro Daylilies that I may plant along the rock border. Can you see all those fall leaves that have started to fall?

And now the other side of the path - - -

In this photo you can see the neglected iris garden that has not bloomed in several years. It is hard to flourish when your roots are sitting on rock! When keeping the weeds controlled most of the planting mix that I used when planting the iris has disappeared.

Oh, and how do you like the huge rock boulders that surround my gardens. I think they are magnificent.

This photo shows when I was almost finished removing all of the iris with their old long dry rhizomes.

Here is the large pile of cleaned and trimmed iris rhizomes ready for replanting in the new garden soil. There are at least 32 different iris species. It will be fun watching the different colors popping open next summer!

I have had a total of 3 cubic yards of fresh garden soil with mushroom compost delivered. The sun is shining on the pile making it look half the size of the actual pile. It's like "Black Gold".  And, I love it. I didn't know that I could get so excited "about dirt".

Since I have some scalloped cement borders that had been used for another purpose (in another life) I decided to use them along the edge of the pathway. And, since I saw these lovely Yellow Chrysanthemums for $2.48 each I decided to border the flower bed with them to give some nice fall color when the iris are past their blooming season. 

In addition, I have been able to rescue and divide some Purple Chrysanthemums that I had previously planted some years back. They are being planted at the top between the yellow mums. I hope they will thrive in the new soil.

Putting in the cement border has been very, very, very labor intensive and very hard work for me. This is how I have to approach it. Sitting on my little stool and digging in the ground with my hand tools that on occasion requires a "crow bar" to remove all sizes and shapes of rock.

I think it is coming along nicely. I have started to replant the iris. And, I have only one more cement border to put in place. Hooray!

 This is the one and only iris that bloomed this past year amongst the weeds. So sad!

And, this is what I am hoping for next year!

Are you having a good week? I hope so!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

No Hearts And Flowers Coming My Way

From My Computer these days! It seems that quite often when I find myself in uncharted waters it doesn't take long before I wish I had seen the monster coming after me. I can still use the computer but there definitely are ISSUES! Wow, it is always such a time eater and I would rather be outside even though we are in a heat wave. With all the large trees on my little piece of property I can always find some shade. And, of course, there is always something that needs to be done outside. 
No new garden photos today, but soon. So many new blossoms each and every day. Some of the new faces are gardenia, gladiolus, daylily, dianthus, rose of sharon (hibiscus) calla lilies (bright yellow, maroon, lavender) and alstroemeria. I have been spending a lot of time in the front of my house pulling and cleaning up weeds and leaves. I don't think I have ever had this many weeds get out of control like this year. The wonderful rains helped the cause. But, it is OK. In fact, it was wonderful.

I am hoping to get some top soil delivered and then I can give some serious time to my "Iris Garden". It is totally cleaned up of weeds but there is so much hard clay/rock and a couple inches of planting or top soil would give it a very nice boost. I plan to take them all up and clean and trim them and then replant.  It would be so fabulous for me to see it look like it did a few years ago.
I know I have posted this a few times. But, I can't help it. I love the iris so much. I think if you click on the photo it will enlarge and the color and details will show better.

Flowers are such a beautiful piece of God's work of art! Oh, by the way, I am enjoying lots of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Another blessing.

Happy New Week!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Is This A Messenger

Did they really send out a messenger from the fields pleading for more attention like a little weeding, good soil and fertilizer. They claim that they were all very pretty at one time. This is the only iris that has bloomed this year. Other than the White Iris which is in the White Garden. And I don't see any other buds on any of the stalks of the other plants. But, it is still early for the bloom season. It's better than last year! Last year there weren't any blooms! I am sure the rains are helping this year.
Isn't it a beauty? I am quite sure the name in Blenheim Royal Iris. I was checking some of my notes from when I planted the Iris Flower Beds. My notes said Blue category - Deep blue-violet. And, this next photo is what I found when I googled what I thought was the correct name. "Color" is a tricky thing when using the Internet.
I know I have shown  this iris mosaic a few times in the past. But this is what my iris bed produced for me when I planted it a few years back. As I have noted many times the amount of sunshine is so important. However, good soil and fertilizer goes a long way in getting good results. I am really hoping to improve the iris garden in the future.
What's Lily doing in there? Do you see her? She was always by my side! I love that little gal!

Each of these photos are a different iris specimen from my garden. I think Iris are so elegant and I hope I can regenerate the flower bed. I will sure let you know how it goes.

The website Proflowers/Florapedia tells us "With striking uniqueness and beauty, irises have rich meanings, and when given as gifts, they can convey deep sentiments. With over 200 varieties in a wide spectrum of colors, the iris, which fittingly takes its name from the Greek word for “rainbow,” can be found in virtually every part of the world, growing both naturally and in farms. While garden irises can come in any of these many varieties, the flower’s cut versions are mostly blue (the most popular type), white, and yellow.
The iris’s history is rich, dating back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide the dead in their journey. Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the iris’s exotic nature, and drawings have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces. During the Middle Ages, the meaning of irises became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognized national symbol of France. From their earliest years, irises were used to make perfume and as a medicinal remedy. Today, they are primarily seen in gardens, in bouquets, and in the wild all over the world.
Through its intricate history, the meanings of the iris has come to include faith, hope, and wisdom. Depending on factors such as color and region, irises may bear additional meanings as well. In some parts of the world, the dark blue or purple iris can denote royalty, whereas the yellow iris can be a symbol of passion. Irises may also express courage and admiration. The many meanings of the iris makes the flower a great choice for an array of gift giving occasions: corporate, sympathy, get well, just because, and birthday are just some of the occasions for which irises might be the perfect choice.
Today, the iris is the state flower of Tennessee, and the Fleur-de-lis is the emblem for the city of New Orleans. Irises are cultivated all over the world, and they can be found naturally in Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, Asia, and North America."

Do you like Iris and do you grow Iris in your garden? I have seen some marvelous photos of iris on some blogs.

Have A Lovely Day.


Friday, November 6, 2015


As you know gardens don't usually just happen by themselves. There is planning, planting, dividing, thinning, trimming spent blooms, weeding, watering, fertilizing - - - and the beat goes on! Also, a lot of sunshine (at least six hours) is necessary for optimum Iris blooms. Unfortunately, as the large trees in my garden have grown taller and taller, the sunshine diminishes. Good drainage is also very important. The topsoil is almost non existent. So the rhizomes are just sitting on rock and clay. The newest rhizomes need to be saved and planted near the surface in healthy soil. I came across this sentence and think it is a good thing to remember. "Transplant them to places where they will have wet feet but dry knees."

This is how the iris look at this time.
Total neglect! No care - No blooms! Sad.
In time past the Iris Garden was a riot of color. Each of the flowers in my mosaic are from my own garden. Do you see how my little doggie, Lily, snuck in the photos? 
All of the Iris were bought or gifted and planted by me shortly after I moved here in 1993. This is a link to a post that I blogged in 2009 about my Beautiful Iris.

I located a photo of a corner of the Iris garden from years ago. Aren't they gorgeous?
I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. Hopefully, I can make the Iris Garden look like this again!

Take Good Care of Yourself.


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