Monday, May 19, 2008

I is for Iris

I love all the different types of iris and probably my favorite are the bearded varieties. there are so many colors to choose from. Iris run the gamut from white to almost black and everything in between; including some breathtaking color combinations. Some of my favorites are the blues and purples.

One of the great features of iris is how hardy they really can be. The rhizomes aren't to be buried deeply and that makes them fairly easy to plant. Iris can grow well in poor soil and don't require a lot of watering and that helps make maintenance easy. They also seem to multiply fairly quickly and you can dived them to spread them out or share with other gardeners. I even have some iris that are from my mom's yard in Indiana.

I've also had really good luck buying iris on clearance at wall mart in those little bags too. Sometimes for less than dollar. This dark colored iris is one I got from Walmart. It's growing well and I think I'm going to have to divide it out this year.

The best thing about iris so far is that the deer aren't event touching them. I have a terrible time keeping any type of plants in the yard. They seem to end up as deer food shortly after planting, but for some reason they aren't even touching the iris. I can imagine the foliage isn't all that tasty, but I thought they'd love the flowers. Oh well, I'm not going to question it, just enjoy it now because the iris are almost finished for the year.

11 comments:

Monika said...

They are all stunning!

gray la gran said...

gasp ! look at the wee red bug in the first picture!
beautiful flowers =)

sgeddes said...

Yes! I couldn't get a closer shot of that little guy. There is a tiny bright blue bug on the last iris too. I keep seeing the most interesting bugs on my iris!

Zonda said...

Gorgeous photos!! Glad they aren't deer food! :)

Jacki said...

Holy fab flowers, Batman! They're all beautiful!

Bezzie said...

Very beautiful! And you're right, they're very hearty--on the hay flats that separate my hometown from Anchorage that were messed up by the 1964 earthquake--in the spring you get large patches of wild irises. Nothing as pretty as yours though!

angelarae said...

Those are gorgeous! I love them, too!
ang

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

oh I just love that dark one! Beautiful!

Julie said...

Beautiful!

Esoteric Knitter said...

Oh wow, they are breathtakingly beautiful!

Leigh said...

Anytime you feel the need to divide - my yard could use some of that beauty!