An Iris for Susie

At this time of year the gardens changes from moment to moment.

Yesterday Susie at pbmgarden showed an Iris at dusk and at dawn demonstrating just how quickly an iris flower opens.  I decided to check on my Irises as I’d seen that one was showing colour on the bud yesterday evening, this morning it was half open but I didn’t have time to take a photograph and by this afternoon it was fully out with the unwelcome presence of the pollen beetles that do so much damage to the roses when they open.

So thank you Susie, if you hadn’t posted about your beautiful Iris I may not have seen mine open.

Iris 'Pure as Gold'  last evening- Wednesday 15th April

Iris ‘Pure as Gold’ last evening- Wednesday 15th April

Iris 'Pure as Gold'

Iris ‘Pure as Gold’

Iris 'Pure as Gold'

Iris ‘Pure as Gold’

Iris 'Pure as Gold'

Iris ‘Pure as Gold’

It was I. ‘Pure as Gold’ that flowered late last autumn with a second flowering, it is a lovely pure colour, I love it.

Another Iris that has been flowering for a week or so already is Iris Mini Dragon; I keep meaning to show it to you but keep forgetting.

Iris Mini Dragon

Iris Mini Dragon

It truly is “mini” being only about 4 inches tall, but it is clumping up nicely so it will make more of a statement next year.

Wisteria 'prolific' around the pillars of the terrace

Wisteria ‘prolific’ around the pillars of the terrace

The weather seems to be more settled at last so I have planted out the first line of tomatoes.

Today I planted out the first of the tomatoes, most already have flower buds!  All sown in early February

Today I planted out the first of the tomatoes, most already have flower buds! All sown in early February

When do you plant out your tomatoes?

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39 thoughts on “An Iris for Susie

    • As I said to Cathy “That’s one of the fun things about blogging; we get to see things earlier than our own which, I think, heightens the anticipation, then we see them after ours are finished from colder parts of the world and that lengthens the season.” Anticipation must be at least 50% of the pleasure of gardening.

    • That’s one of the fun things about blogging; we get to see things earlier than our own which, I think, heightens the anticipation, then we see them after ours are finished from colder parts of the world and that lengthens the season.

  1. Well thank you Christina for the kind mention and for sharing this lovely iris. The color is unusually deep and rich. Were you able to shoo away the pollen beetles? The wisteria is beautiful. I’m just starting to see some in bloom around town.

  2. I have only recently come to like yellow irises! I have many kinds of irises in my garden but I think I need to add some yellow ones : )

      • I have the common purple Louisiana Iris that already bloomed and all the others are pictured in the post. I found a grower that has many varieties of Louisiana iris so I have started using mixed colors in my designs. Bearded iris are not known to do well in Houston but the Bernice Legacy seem fine so now I want to try more.

  3. Those irises! I can see why you are so taken with ‘Pure as Gold’ – it is magnificent. The mini dragon is such a wonderful shade of purple…I love being able to watch spring bulbs open on the other side of the world as it reminds me of what I need to get into the ground at my house during autumn!

  4. You’re right – Iris need to be watched or the gardener can miss out. I had a dark purple one bloom at the bottom of my slope and didn’t catch it until it was nearly done. I’m frankly unsure how many of mine will bloom at all this year – last year they had a poor showing and I’m still unsure whether that was a byproduct of having been divided or the result of receiving too little water heading into their bloom season.

    April is a good time to plant tomatoes here but I’m planning to skip them this year until I have a better handle on our water situation.

  5. I have just planted out a few tomatoes here. I think the “right” time was probably earlier, but I’m having to play by ear for now with planting times, etc. Your irises are gorgeous; I stayed clear of yellow irises for years (in favour of blues and peach hues), but our neighbor had one that glowed from a distance spring after spring. It finally won me over 😉 “Pure as Gold” looks like the best of both worlds: warm yellow tones, but with a bit more subtlety than some…

    • Irises grow so well in my very dry soil, I am happy to have many different kinds. I like the foliage when they’re not in flower so it doesn’t matter that the season isn’t very long and some like the yellow one do flower again.

  6. That iris is really golden! I love it. I also like the colour of the mini dragons although I have to admit i am always a little reluctant on dwarf irises…

    • I think I prefer tall irises too Alberto, mini dragon is very small and doesn’t make much of a statement it would need to be a very large patch and I only bought one plant because I was at the plant fair in Courson, France and couldn’t carry very much back with me on the plane!

  7. Mini dragon is a delight! I had to spend a few minutes studying your bamboo supports for your tomatoes. I think I will do something similar for our pole beans. We have a prolific supply of bamboo, and I had decided to use some of it as supports in my vegetable garden. In fact I am headed outside shortly to start cutting the poles, if it won’t rain on me.

    • It is very windy here and we have to have a very strong support otherwise it would all blow down. We use it for our beans too. I can take more images if it helps.

  8. My tomatoes are only just germinating Christina albeit from a very late sowing. It’s hard to believe that yours are out there sun bathing already. Oh I do like that little dragon.

  9. Bearded irises make wonderful cut flowers, but, as you say, they are fleeting. The only times I have allowed myself to have big, blowsy bouquets of them are when the rain beats them down and I can consider it a rescue mission or when we visit the iris farm. Our rule of thumb for tomatoes is Memorial Day. Guess we’ll stick with that even though we’ve had an exceptionally warm spring.

    • Sorry, I don’t know when Memorial Day is? As I look at all the Iris buds thickening up I’m hoping there will be enough to pick, there should definitely be more Dutch iris.

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