More Irises

Iris germanica 'Immortality'

Iris germanica ‘Immortality’

This is my favorite time in my garden. This is the time of year where I have to check on the garden morning, noon and night because the plants are changing so quickly and flowers seem to open while my back is turned.

I started an end-of-the-month summary for April but could not find time to complete it. Ditto, first-of-May. Perhaps I will post an overview later when things slow down, just for my records. Tonight I would like to share a few more irises.

Christina asked the other day if my white iris was open yet and yes, it opened that same day. If you read this blog regularly you will not be surprised to learn this white iris was a pass-along, so I am not positive about the name. I think this is Iris germanica ‘Immortality.’ It reblooms in fall, which makes it especially easy to recommend.

Iris germanica 'Immortality'

Iris germanica ‘Immortality’

I showed the Japanese roof iris in Iris Musings, but I was drawn back to it when I noticed the coloration and pattern on this bud.

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Iris tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris)

Another pass-along iris from my friend Henrietta bloomed two days ago. So far it is the only one of this color. I have decided I should try to mark it and divide it later this summer.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)  (bearded German Iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris) (bearded German Iris)

I researched this iris using a description I thought fit it pretty well: dusky pink standards, burgundy falls. canary yellow beard. I immediately found a good candidate, Tall Bearded Iris Jacquesiana, which may go back to at least 1839.

Then another possibility emerged, perhaps Tall Bearded Iris ‘Prosper Laugier’ which goes back to 1914. It was described as “a smokey lavender, velvety violet-carmine veined bicolor.” I became fascinated reading the coloring descriptions of irises and became quite side-tracked. ‘Prosper Laugier’ seems a good match but it is impossible for me to to know with certainty. If you recognize this iris I would appreciate your help.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)  (bearded German Iris)-3

Iris germanic a with May Night salvia

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)  (bearded German Iris)-2

Have a great weekend everyone. I will be touring gardens this weekend and helping out as a garden guide with the Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour. I expect to come back to my own little garden with lots of great ideas and inspirations.

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

22 thoughts on “More Irises

  1. Cathy

    Lovely! Mine opened just before a few days of rain, so got a bit battered. Yours look perfect!
    Enjoy your weekend touring! 😀

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Cathy, hope your irises will continue to open and not all be battered by rain. The tour was terrific and weather was perfect too. Thanks!

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  2. Pauline

    Such lovely markings, iris are so beautiful but so fleeting, they have to be enjoyed every day. Ours have just started flowering and I’m like you ,out first thing in the morning to see how many more buds have opened! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Julie

    Your garden is looking really lovely, Its my favourite time too, I have Irises given to me without names and your white one which repeats in Autumn I am fairly sure I had too, but then inadvertently gave it away. I also think I have a tall one similar to your smokey lavender that I have spent hours trying to identify. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Julie. That’s nice we share the same irises. Hope someone will give you the white iris back when they divide it. I’m going to tentatively label my smokey lavender one ‘Prosper Laugier’ although maybe that’s pointless.

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  4. Chloris

    Your Irises are lovely. They are amongst my favourite flowers. It is so difficult naming them as over the years so many thousands of irises have been bred and named. I do tend to worry about not having names for things although of course they are no less beautiful without a name. But if you get to know and like a person or a plant you want to know their name.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Chloris, yes it’s hard to believe how many named irises there are. It’s fascinating. I am tempted to just decide this one is ‘Prosper Laugier’ but it’s maybe worse to perpetuate the wrong name. Oh well. I enjoy it regardless. susie

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  5. Christina

    Thanks for the mention, Susie and the image of I. Imortality, I actually have this but mine has a blue caste to the colour whereas yours looks pure white.

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