Sunday, May 15, 2011

Iris TIme

The iris are blooming despite cold nights and windy days. It has been hard to get good photos due to the wind. I started collecting iris over 20 years ago, and have many varities. Although they are short lived blooms and tissue paper tender, I am thrilled with their rewards.  Most of mine are tall bearded iris.



I believe this is my favorite so far this year. Favorites change constantly. It is called Heavenly Body.


This is the view out my back  porch.


They are called Breakers, and they have the best grape kool-aid smell. Each one is the size of my hand.










Here's a closeup of this bloomer.



A very simple white. It is an old iris. The older the iris, the simplier they are and are called "Historical Iris".Here is a website with a section so you can put a name to the old iris you got from your grandma.


The newer iris are taller, bigger, and usually have more ruffles. Here is Laced Cotton for example:


Thank you for looking at one of my hobbies, and I hope you come back for more Iris as they bloom!

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9 comments:

Snap said...

I love iris ... especially bearded varieties and unfortunately, I can't grow them down here. Arggh! Your iris are beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful week,

The Tablescaper said...

They are beautiful! I love that you collect them. Each is so gorgeous. And yes the white one is particularly exquisite.

- The Tablescaper

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your iris are spectacular! I really think I need to plant some for myself-enjoy:@)

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Pat,

These are just magnificent!!! I hate to be envious of others, but I might be envious right now. I really love iris. I always tell my husband that they are like watercolor paintings come to life because the various colors and shades are so soft and beautiful. My MIL says they are called the "poor man's lily", but I think I'd rather have iris anyday. And I do really adore the historical varieties. Thanks for sharing.

Denise

mississippi artist said...

These iris are beautiful! I think I need to move mine or something, most haven't bloomed in two years.

Linda Makiej said...

Marvelous photos!
Stunning irises!!!!!

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, i just love the view out of your back porch! i would love to curl up with a book right there and enjoy the flowers and the calmness that i imagine you feel there!

Light and Voices said...

Oliver and Lucky get along like Tweety and Salvester? Iris set the stage for a peaceful garden. Lovely, just lovely garden.
Joyce M

Pat said...

Hi Joyce!

Not exactly like Tweety and Selvester! I "let" my little parrot bite the cat on the ear in the very beginning, and the cat wants nothing to do with THIS bird. But he used to eat lots of little outdoor somebodies. Now he's too old, retired.

Pat