Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I is for Iris


early miniature iris, the lisymakia in the background is still brown
Weeding: I like irises, from the very first miniature iris that blooms earlier in the spring than anything else, to the majestic beared irises which thrive on the west side of the garage, to the slender-leaved Siberian irises which love the east side of the house.  And most of my irises were free.  The only thing I like better than inexpensive plants are free plants.  I have friends who generously divide and give me plants.  For the past couple of years, I have participated in our city's plant swap.  And last fall I organized my own plant swap.  Free plants release me from guilt the next year when they don't come back, or when I forget to water them and they shrivel up and blow away.  I also love to talk to the gardeners who give me the plants - where did you grow them, what kind of soil do they like, etc.  And to be fair, I am not a total freeloader - I also generously divide and share my plants with others.  I don't know much about plants in general, but I do know the plants in my yard.  Here are some of my irises, purple of course.  Unfortunately, though I diligently took pictures all last spring/summer/fall, the majority of the photos have gone missing.  I may need Tech Support (that is, E) to help to track them down.  There are some glorious photos of the bearded and the Siberian which I cannot find.  I think the ones in the bouquet are the bearded, though.  They are deep purple.

Until we weed again,
Hallie


Bouquet of what was blooming one day last summer


10 comments:

Kate said...

Love it, Hallie! Love the pics too.
Love your plant swap post too. Made me laugh!

Jenny said...

A plant swap is a great idea! Beautiful pictures, too.

E said...

Tech support was successful in locating the missing pictures - they may be posted here in the next couple of days...

E

Damyanti said...

Lovely, lovely pics.

Look forward to your challenge run…
--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

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Wisewebwoman said...

I adore irises and I made some cards with the ones that bloom in masses here - all along the cliffs and small mountains.
Purple. Yes!
Here from the A-Z with best wishes to you!
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Lynn Proctor said...

i would love to trade plants--these are so pretty!

nutschell said...

great pictures. I do love irises!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com
Dropping by from the A-Z!

Mikazuki said...

These are very pretty! I have several irises growing outside my house; they have the most gorgeous color. Lovely blog you've got. Happy A to Z!

Danielle L Zecher said...

That bouquet is beautiful! I have been given some irises to plant, and I'm really hoping they will survive.

Hallie said...

thank you all for stopping by and for your kind and encouraging words! As E commented above, the missing photos have been found. Perhaps on an "off" day for A-Z challenge, I will get those posted.

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