Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Iris Friends

Upon my return home from vacation and touring Kylee's Little Acre I couldn't wait to see what was going on in my garden. I have found when you go away in spring the garden changes dramatically while you are away. What I found was that the Irises were abloom. I was so excited because I just love the iris. Most of my iris are pass alongs too. Maybe that is why I like them so. They remind me of the people that have given them to me. This white iris is one of the named varieties that I have. I bought it while visiting a friend. This one is called Sea Gull but I think of it as Kay because she was with me when I bought it. This friend is Dan.

Here is Susan.
This huge white iris is difficult to photograph. It reminds me of two people. One is my Daughter Carrie. We were visitng her friend Angie one Mother's Day. Angie dug up several of these and gave them to me.
This pale yellow one is Barbara.
This one is also a Barbara.

This one has been in the garden so long and moved so many times that I don't have a name for it. It's pale presence is always appreciated though.
This dark yellow iris is Pat.
The last two blue and white iris are a couple I actually bought. However I don't have any idea about what their names might be. The color showing of this one in the picture doesn't do it justice. It is one of my favorites because the bud while unfolding is as beautiful as the iris itself.
And last but not least another blue and white iris. Maybe some day I can give this one to someone and then have a friends name for it.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Enjoy this gorgeous spring weather while we can.

22 comments:

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....I wondered where you had been....hope you had a fun time...

I don't know why but I have never put the Iris in my garden. I shall have to remedy that....yours are so beautiful....I love them all...so striking......do they like damp soil??

Diana said...

Wow, Lisa -- you have a wonderful collection of Irises. I think I have your Susan as well -- mine is an Ocelot. It's been blooming for about two weeks - I posted a photo of it a few posts back. Maybe they're cousins! Sounds like you and Kylee had a great time together -- isn't it fun to get to meet other bloggers in person? I can't wait to meet you both at SF.

D'Rimba said...

I really appreciate the nature so much...........

Deb said...

What a wonderful collection of Iris you have Lisa & the memories behind each make them all the more special!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I love that idea of "naming" the iris for the friends with whom you associate them! And for the record, I'm drooling over your 'Susan,' and am wondering if 'Carrie' is as fragrant as the white iris we have at work right now. ('Immortality'--it smells like sugared overripe grapes.)

Jamie and Randy said...

I think it's the Iris that make me enjoy sping the most. Something about them always seems to make me feel enchanted.

Barb said...

Lisa - your Iris "friends" are just beautiful!

Gail said...

Lisa...How delightful to name the iris after the gardener who gifted them to you! They are lovely! Glad you are back! gail

Q said...

Nice to see all your friends. I lost 90% of my iris two years ago. Slowly they are returning....
It will take a few years. One of my friends that I shared iris with years ago offered to share back... pass a-longs return! Come next fall I will go dig and restore my iris bed.
Yours are so pretty.
Sherry

Roses and Lilacs said...

What a great idea to name plants after your friends. I have a lot to give away this year. Maybe there will be little Marnies all over;)

I really like the blue and beige one you forgot the name.
Marnie

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful. Must have been a great surprise to come home to after a vacation.

beckie said...

Lisa, what a wonderful way to name iris! The large white one has to be my favorite...or maybe the deep yellow, and then there are the blue and whotes. Oh well I like them all! I can see why you get excited when they are in bloom-all are lovely.

See you soon!!

Shady Gardener said...

Lisa, You have a wonderful collection of iris! I have a few iris, but maybe not enough? ;-)

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Beautiful collection, Lisa. What a great idea to name them after the people that passed them along--I think I will have to adopt your idea.

Chandramouli S said...

What great friends you have, Lisa! Pat looks sweet and Dan looks macho! All your Iris friends look so..... Iris! :D (well, no other adjective can suit them better)

Jayne said...

They are all so very beautiful Lisa. We've got some variegated ones growing, but I have no clue what color they are! I forgot to ask when we had the landscaper incorporate them into a side bed we re-designed. Guess I'll be surprised!

Rose said...

Lisa, I love all your iris friends! I like this way of naming them much better than whatever names came on their tags:) Irises seem to be such great passalong plants that it's easy to associate them with the giver.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I love that you name your iris after friends. I hate trying to keep track of their names. I just want their presence in my garden. It was beautiful here too all week. I'm trying to get a bunch done before Spring Fling and our vacation. Hope you're having fun.~~Dee

gintoino said...

Such beautiful irises! They are my favorite flowers. Unfortunatelly snaisl ate most of mine this spring.

Barbara said...

It's funny, Lisa, my iris plants (I only have four different ones) also have the name of the friends who gave them to me. You have a lot of beautiful iris friends :-) !!

cyndy said...

The iris are putting on a beautiful display! Love your collection--thanks for the close up view :-)

yoon see said...

I am glad you have so much to share here.
Lovely blossoms, especially so much in purple!