Anyway, here are some of the rainbow of irises I've had in the gardens this week (many from my Rainbow Border, which contains a progression of rainbow colors; white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and back to white again). Since irises are one of the only flowers that come in every color of the rainbow, I thought they were important to include in the border:
|White irises 'Immortality' in the Far White Section |
of the rainbow border. There are some white irises
in the Near White Section too, but they
were surrounded by oxeye daisies
and didn't photograph well.
|Pink irises in the Pink Section. These flopped over and I had to|
stake them... although they are very pretty in an old-fashioned
|'Red at Night' in the Red Section. This is the first time it's bloomed|
after being planted for two years.
|'Avalon Sunset' in the Orange Section. Very distinctive.|
|Yellow iris in the Yellow Section.|
|Unfortunately I don't yet have a green iris or a blue|
one in the Rainbow Border yet, although I will
remedy that this fall. I plan to order a
green-flowered iris and perhaps divide this blue
one from the North Border to add to the
|The Purple Section has this same kind of purple iris that|
was here when I moved to this property, although this is
a photo of my front border, since the ones in the Purple
Section were done flowering.
|Some small yellow and burgundy irises next to my |
front porch that I got from a friend who was
moving to Liberia for a couple of years.
|Some yellow and pink irises that were here when I moved here. I have|
divided them and moved them around, adding many to the Front Border.
The Iris Time is such a lovely time of year, and its arrival (finally) is so well-deserved after such a hard winter. Apparently I'm not alone in admiring these classic flowers: The Sissinghurst Garden blog recaps the trendy flowers at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in the UK; irises are one of the flowers enjoying a moment of popularity at the Show. Despite the threat of the borers, they remain a perennial favorite for many gardeners among late spring flowers.
Thanks for reading! -Beth