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May 29, 2010

What’s Blooming – Iris Edition!

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 9:39 pm
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My daughter Meghan has been laughing at me over the past week or so, each time we pull out of our driveway.  In a funny, high-pitched voice, I’ve been exclaiming, “Irises!”  I just can’t help myself!  The irises have been outrageously gorgeous this year and I’m very excited to show them to you!  Last year was very disappointing for these favorites of mine, so that makes this year’s showing extra special in my eyes.  I have 5 different colors of tall bearded irises, although I don’t know the names of each type.  I ordered these from a Breck’s catalog years and years ago and I look forward to their showing each year.

This was the first bearded beauty to show its lovely face this year.  As with all my perennial flowers this year, these have made an earlier-than-usual appearance due to the earlier-than-usual very warm weather we have been experiencing this spring.  I really love the unique “beard” of white outlined by purple on this one.

Next up:

I think these are my favorite of the 5 bearded iris colors that I grow.  This one has a unique color you generally don’t see all that often in irises – pink!  What’s not to like there? I decided to get up close and personal with this one.  Say “ah,” please!  (I know they are called bearded irises, but they just look like tongues to me!):

Here’s our next patient with another healthy look up close….

(Psssst..hey Scott, would this be an example of sidelighting?)

….and with a group of his friends (I guess they are boys due to the beards? 😉  )

Next to join the iris party is a pretty blend of ivory and periwinkle:

When this has fully openned, it is another stunning beauty:

I thought this was a neat perspective on these:

I have one final contributor to the iris fun.  This last iris doesn’t really go along with the color scheme of the group of irises that I originally ordered, but the fine folks at Breck’s threw it in for free.  Who am I to say no to a freebie?

So that’s my tour of one of my favorite flowers in my garden.  More beautiful blooms coming soon!


  1. Ooooooh, what lovely irises you have!! My sister also has a gorgeous peachy-pink one that I LOVE and hope to get some rhisomes from when she divides them in the fall. I would squeal each time I saw these, too! Funny…I have a bearded iris shot that I called “Say Aaaaah”… My dentist has it hanging in her office! 😀

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 29, 2010 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

    • It seems we think alike in many ways, Tracy!

      Comment by Karma — May 31, 2010 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  2. Ooohh, they really are gorgeous! I love the colors!!
    My irises are long gone.. wilted away in that darn Texas heat 😦

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 30, 2010 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  3. Those irises are spectacular, and the folks at Breck’s are cunning, easing you into another color that you will eventually tie to the original scheme with yet more colors . . . One day you will have a whole Iris Farm. It’s addictive.

    There’s a man over in Central Lake who likes to experiment with hybridizing irises as a hobby. He gives away divisions every year, and has spread beauty all over this part of the county. You would love the displays at the Wilkinson House and the Torch Bay Inn. Keep that in mind if you ever make a road trip . . . !

    Comment by Gerry — May 30, 2010 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

    • I don’t think I’d mind having an iris farm, Gerry! The rhisomes I’ve spread to other parts of my yard, however, haven’t unfortunately produced the bountiful blooms the originals provide. I will definitely try to keep the Torch Lake area in mind for a future road trip!

      Comment by Karma — May 31, 2010 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  4. LOVE the irises! The all purple one is the best.

    Does this mean peonies are next? Woo hoo!

    Comment by Renae — May 30, 2010 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

    • Peonies are definitely on their way! They are in full bloom right now; just have to take a few more satisfactory shots than the ones I have taken so far.

      Comment by Karma — May 31, 2010 @ 9:43 am | Reply

  5. Now that sure is quite the abundance of flowery type things… and some great colours and details there too… Very nice…

    Comment by FS Photography — May 31, 2010 @ 5:06 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Brian. Many more flowery type things on their way to future blog posts! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — May 31, 2010 @ 9:44 am | Reply

  6. Psst, Karma, yes…that is a sidelighting. Nice one, nice set of the others, too.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 31, 2010 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  7. […] the same garden with my irises, I’ve planted some other perennials to keep the color going once the irises have faded.  The […]

    Pingback by What’s Blooming – Late May/Early June « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — June 7, 2010 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

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