Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Love those Irises

"Gardening is the way I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors."
Oscar de la Renta

My other hobby (apart from gardening and reading) is Quilting which is a lot like gardening and almost as relaxing. Putting patches of colour together to create a harmonious whole.

I have always had a few irises in the garden, but 3 years ago I visited a friend's iris garden - Yarrabee Iris Garden - and fell in love with the magnificent colors. Since then I have planted isises all over the place in the garden and wait with anticipation for the buds to unfold into a riot of glorious colour.

I have 3 varieties of iris at the moment  - the very pretty low growing Louisiana well I think it is Louisiana - or maybe Pacific Coast. These irises were given to me by fellow gardeners and I have never really found out what they are. Maybe someone can enlighten me.

I also have a couple of clumps of tall yellow Dutch Iris, not yet flowering, but my iris passion is the Bearfed or Flag iris.

They come in an amazing range of colours and colour combinations. Unfortunately my camera does not really do justice to the colours, especially the purple and maroon ones - they seem to come out much bluer when photographed.


Liz Needle

1 comment:

  1. Liz,
    Some of those irises look familiar! I started collecting while living in Woodside, and despite several moves around the state I still have them all. Beautiful flowers, and tough!