IN THE FIELD: Well Wadda Ya Know

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I walked out my front door this morning and looked to my left and this is what I saw! Just a few hours ago this was a bud waiting to open.

The back story to this Iris is kind of interesting. My Mom had acquired this variety of heirloom Iris many years ago. When she moved from her home to a town-home, we dug a bunch of the rhizomes from her garden and planted them in her new garden. About ten years ago we divided some of them and transplanted them from her garden to ours  at our old house. About two years ago when we moved to temporary digs while our new house was being built, I dug as many of the rhizomes from our garden as I could and put them away in storage. Apparently I didn’t tend to them properly and they all dried up. Drat.

Mom to the rescue again. Last fall I was digging Iris rhizomes again and transplanted some from her garden to our new garden in front of our new house. The results have been amazing. I think I have found the perfect spot for them to flourish.

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  1. May 25, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Oh I would love to have those!!!! We just got sod put in yesterday so no garden beds probably this year 😦

    • May 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Sure are pretty huh?! They are even bigger than ever…probably 7 or 8 inches across! Yay for sod…instant gratification is what we call it.

    • May 27, 2016 at 8:54 am

      How true!

  2. May 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

    They’re gorgeous, nice that they work well in the front-you influenced me earlier, I found myself going to greenhouses to take photos earlier this spring-asked permission first and they were fine with the idea.

    • May 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      I think they like their new home! Isn’t it neat??? Go to greenhouse/nursery/garden center, talk with folks…ask permission to photograph the plant material…they say yes (hopefully) and a whole new world is there for you to take advantage of. What I like best is when you visit these places during their slower times during the week you can take your time and really snoop around. Plus tripods or monopods don’t get in the way of other customers.

  3. May 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    The colors of the iris harmonize with those of the stones.

  4. May 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I agree that it’s pretty close to a perfect backdrop for a residential area.

  5. May 30, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Wadda ya know is right…I didn’t know that you had started up your photo blog again David. I’m a little late to the party but welcome back, you’ve been missed.

  6. June 2, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful! Most heirloom iris aren’t that colorful. They look nice in front of the stone.

  7. LB
    June 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    The color is so rich, and the story behind the flowers, wonderful

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