This I like!

I've been growing Irises for just about one year now. I have three different types, and have no idea what any of them are. I've never even seen two of them bloom yet. The one I have seen (it was blooming last year when I got it) is really beautiful though.

The other day it bloomed again. I'm so glad I noticed, as the blooms don't last very long it seems. I got plenty of photos though...


Last year after one of my bamboo digging afternoons at Michael's garden he asked me if I wanted some Irises that he was going to get rid of -- I guess he doesn't like wasting plants either and knew a sucker plant lover when he saw one. Having never grown them before I asked if deer eat them -- he didn't know -- and I said I'd give them a try.

The colors of this one are so unique -- I think. Maybe in the world of Irises brown flowers are common, but I think it's pretty rare to find a bloom of this color in general.

They look more yellow up-close, but from further away you'd say they're "brown". I would at least.

I wish I had a big patch of these. I just love them!

They're so nice, even the spent blooms have some attractive qualities:

I haven't found a permanent home for these yet, as they spent the winter in a pot -- one of my oldest, worst, cracking-apart-with-pieces-missing pots that is degrading from UV exposure.

I guess it's fitting that one of the prettiest blooms in my garden lives in one of the ugliest containers. It balances things out.

Now I just need to find a spot in the ground for these, learn how to care for them, and find out what they're called!


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anne  – (April 16, 2011 at 9:28 AM)  

at first I thought there was no way your bearded irises were blooming now but is your iris short - @ 8 inches tall? It could be a dwarf bearded iris, Iris Pumila Gingerbread Man (google a photo of it) and these bloom earlier (April). Iris cristata also blooms soon but you have a bearded iris.

Alan  – (April 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM)  

Yes, it is short! Michael just emailed me saying he doesn't know the name, but it's a dwarf variety not a miniature.

I think you're right: Iris pumila 'Gingerbread Man'. Thank you Anne!

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (April 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM)  

Your photographs are superb! Irises are my favourite flowers - I've been busy planting my first Irises now I have gained a bit of confidence as a "gardener". I hope mine are successful and as lovely as yours :)

Susan in the Pink Hat  – (April 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM)  

Irises with purple beards are the bomb. I agree with you on the senencing flower looking very nice; that's rare among irises, in my opinion.

Caroline  – (April 16, 2011 at 9:44 PM)  

What an amazing iris. This I like, too!

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