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My Dad was a gardener and had a pretty good collection of beautiful Irises. When he passed away, I dug them up and moved them to my garden. They didn’t do very much that first year (2012) since they were just getting established, but this year they have been spectacular. It has been wonderful having such a variety of color in the garden. I had no idea Irises even came in so many colors.
I also hadn’t realized how heavenly scented they are. Their perfume drifts over the garden all day, but especially in the early morning. Ah, bliss.
Here are some of the many colors abloom in the garden this year.
This doesn’t even include the White, Yellow, Blue and Black ones. Irises are one of my favorite flowers, rating right up there with Roses, Clematis and Peonies. I just wish their beauty lasted all summer.
My Dad was a gardener and he grew a lot of things, from roses to fruit trees. He had a beautiful collection of bonsai that he had cared for for about 25-30 years. He loved growing Rhododendrons and also had collected some beautiful Irises. Unfortunately, as he aged, and as his macular degeneration became worse, he was unable to garden as much as he wanted to.
A couple of years ago we helped my Dad clean out his Iris bed. The weeds had taken over and the Irises needed dividing. We
dug them all up so that we could untangle the roots of the weeds from the Iris roots. There were too many to fit back into the newly prepared bed so we took the ones that were left over. There was no way to know which ones were planted in his garden, and which ones we got. They didn’t bloom that first year after moving them, but this year they have been spectacular. Not all of them have bloomed yet, but here are pictures of the ones that are blooming now.
Sadly, Dad passed away on Christmas day. I like to think that he is enjoying these beautiful blooms as much as we are.
By planting lots and lots of flowers, perennials (ones that come back year after year) and annuals (ones you’ll need to plant each year), not only will your garden be beautiful, it will attract birds and butterflies and there will be plenty to cut and enjoy and to share.
With many flowers, the more you cut them, the more they’ll produce.
So plant and enjoy.