April 23rd 2016 Irises and ……….

I’ve never seen my Bearded Irises as tall; ideal for the cyclone we are promised!  I do hope the 50 and 60 km per hour winds that has been mentioned doesn’t materialize.

Hopefully the stems are stronger than they look and will sway but not break, only time will tell.

I was wrong about the name of this gorgeous frilly Iris

I was wrong about the name of this gorgeous Iris

This isn't 'Hoist the Sails' as I stated the other day

This isn’t ‘Hoist the Sails’ as I stated the other day

The friends that gave me this Iris don't have the name so have called it Madrid (where it was purchased I think) Mother of the Bride

The friends who gave me this Iris don’t have the name so have called it Madrid (where it was purchased I think) Mother of the Bride (Kate Middleton’s mother’s wedding hat!)

I find pollen beetles in lots of flowers, mostly they seem to love yellow flowers, this one didn't survive long after I took the photograph.

I find pollen beetles in lots of flowers, mostly they seem to love yellow flowers, this one didn’t survive long after I took the photograph.

Rosa 'Molineux' is the biggest favourite of the pollen beetles and the yellow breaded irises next to it, but strangely not the yellow Dutch Iris

Rosa ‘Molineux’ is the biggest favourite of the pollen beetles and the yellow breaded irises next to it, but strangely not the yellow Dutch Iris

Iris 'Rustic Jewel'

Iris ‘Rustic Jewel’

Love this with the Purple foliage of Cotinus and Sedum and silvery foliage of an Artemisia.

I. 'Eternity' with some bright Californian popies

I. ‘Immortality’ with some bright Californian poppies

The Large Island

The Large Island

Eschscholzia californica Thai silk series

Eschscholzia californica Thai silk series

The slope, the rounded forms are becoming solid shapes now

The slope, the rounded forms are becoming solid shapes now

I may try to establish some small trees to give some change of height.

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I’m pleased with this Cistus that I grew from a cutting; the parent plant is now dead so I’m even more pleased to have this.

Rosa mutabilis hedge

Rosa mutabilis hedge

Some of you were kind enough to admire the Rosa mutabilis when I showed it the other day.  Here’s how the hedge looks.

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

 

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38 thoughts on “April 23rd 2016 Irises and ……….

  1. It’s all simply mouth-watering 😉 I am planning on adding bearded and perhaps arilbred irises this year; this is certainly more encouragement! Do you reseed the Eschscholzia every year — I’m assuming you must to keep the more exotic colours around… Thanks for the recommendations last year, by the way — I’ve been so enjoying my first poppy season here!
    And your Mutabilis hedge is magnificent!

    • Hi Amy, in a hot dry climate bearded irises can’t be beaten and some flower more than once and this morning as a new one flowered I remembered its wonderful fragrance! The Eschscholzia just seed themselves now, I don’t do anything except pull the orange ones out of the large island.

    • Yes, you’re right about the hedge; I’m pruning it differently – just using sheers to get this effect, normal pruning was making the bushes too top heavy.

  2. Your garden is absolutely beautiful Christina. I adore bearded Iris. We grow just a few but they don’t flower for long here… perhaps because of our clay soil. Yours are lovely. I agree with Pauline. That first Iris is stunning.

  3. Christina muchas gracias por el paseo por el florido y hermoso jardín. Me encantan los iris. La Rosa mutabilis está espectacular y la Rosa Molineux con los iris me encanta. La pendiente está magnífica como la isla grande. Y el Cistus es una auténtica preciosidad. Saludos de Margarita.

  4. The rose hedge is striking. The irises are all wonderful. The companion colors you’ve planted ‘Rustic Jewel’ into suit so well. Madrid Mother of the Bride is my favorite for the moment. I do hope the storm is not severe.

  5. The garden looks absolutely beautiful. You seem to be having an exceptional spring and I hope the fiercest of the weather passes you by.
    Your first iris is by far my favorite!

    • There are some more lovely Irises to come; I’m not sure which my favourite is but a white one that opened yesterday is deliciously perfumed so that might be my favourite.

  6. Oh thank you for that last shot, Christina – so lovely. Good to be seeing your irises again – hope the cyclone warnings prove to be ill-founded. Sadly I seem to have very few self-seeded Californian poppies so have had to belatedly sow some of the white and red ones I grew last year

    • I should have moved my tools before taking the shot! The mutabilis are better again this year because I pruned them (sheers) before Christmas so I didn’t end up cutting all the flowers off.

  7. Christina, your garden looks as amazing as ever. I do hope the cyclone spares your beautiful irises. As I follow various garden blogs, I get more and more of a sense of the style of the gardener, and I notice that you are especially good at those gentle antique and rust colours, like that exquisite Iris ‘Rustic Jewel’ and of course your incredible Rosa mutibilis hedge. These colours really do seem to suit your climate and they are favourite colours of mine. It’s a joy to see them. Especially as I am not sure I could get away with these colours in Scotland as I reckon they really need the Mediterranean sun to put them at their advantage. We generally do better with gentle purples, whites and yellows here.

    • The light here allows strong colours to look more muted. Soft colours just disappear so actually use much bolder colours than I ever used in England. I’m glad you like ‘Rustic Jewel’, it is a beautiful colour combination.

  8. The large island and slope are gorgeous. There is so much color there! And a lovely iris named after a wedding hat! I love it. I hope you are spared the fierce winds.

  9. The slope is looking great. Your Iris are beautiful. Iris do well here but in our haste we have spread the same blue which takes very well. We should try and give it some varied company. Amelia

    • Irises are so lovely but they don’t last very long so I have to resist the temptation to keep buying more. At least now almost all the clumps are ready to divide. There is nothing wrong with having lots of blue – that is a great colour.

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