Wonderful Bearded Irises

Champagne Journey (4)
Champagne Journey
Many Thanks 2017 (6)
Freedom Flight
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The glorious ‘Rare Treat’
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Irises Many Thanks and Freedom Flight.
Black Phantom 2017 (1)
Iris ‘Black Phantom’ inky black with deep purple touches
Decolletage 2017 (2)
‘Decolletage’ fabulous name to a lovely iris!
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New to flower this year much to my delight ‘Beauty Secret’
Persian Lilac (1)
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Whos Your Daddy 2017 (3)
Iris

It’s the exciting time of year when all the bearded irises have started to bloom. All the more exciting as it has been 3 years or more since some of them have flowered. Mainly  due to I would say not enough water when they were forming their flower buds the previous year. This has all changed since I have introduced named bearded iris into the rose garden area that has been previously weed-matted.

So they are kept free of weeds for competition and they are more likely to get watered by me out of flowering season because they are with the roses that get a watering alongside them. Obviously in a hot dry climate extra water apart from the natural rainfall is needed to provide reliable iris blooms. This year has also been a slow season to warm up, this has kept the residual ground moisture intact and assisted in iris blooms stakes.

First to bloom is Iris germanica var florentina, the orris root iris. A hardy little almost wild iris that is often found along the roadsides in the country roads around here demarking where an early homestead once stood. It survives in my garden in the wilder areas with no water and little weeding providing a delicate show early in the season.

Then comes that array of delicious and delightful named bearded varieties, available in every could of the rainbow, although I mainly choose blues and pinks and purples, and pastel colours that compliment the early old roses to flower in my rose garden. These are photos of a small selection from my garden.

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Iris germanica var florentina, the very first iris to flower in my garden in early spring

6 Comments Add yours

  1. I love bearded iris!! These pictures of bearded iris are gorgeous.

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - writer & spiritual teacher says:

      Thanks so much love! The iris blooms were particularly sumptuous this year! 😊🌸

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  2. Goodness you have such a beautiful collection. I could not choose a favourite. 🌼

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - writer & spiritual teacher says:

      Thanks love, me neither! I do love irises! 😉 ❤

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  3. Tami says:

    Bearded Iris is one of my very favorite flowers!! They are so breathtaking!

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - writer & spiritual teacher says:

      Thanks so much Tami love do love beaded iris too! 😉 ❤

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