Views From Last Wednesday

I have been wanting to record some garden views from last Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Bearded Iris Guard Meditation Circle

Bearded Iris Guard Meditation Circle

Lynn's Iceberg Rose

Lynn’s Iceberg Rose

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)- black iris

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)- black iris

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Tall bearded iris)

Tradescantia (spiderwort), Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox)

Tradescantia (spiderwort), Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox)

Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox)

Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Plant)

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

31 thoughts on “Views From Last Wednesday

  1. Christina

    Beautiful irises, you have a lot and they are making a great vertical statement in your garden. I’m pleased to see my favourite salvia flowering again!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The irises have been beyond expectation this year, so wonderful. It’s been very cool (opposite of last year) and so they’ve lasted well. The salvia had just begun opening last week. Lots more opened now.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Judy. Some of my irises opened in early April and these are the last ones. It’s been amazing to have such a long season. Hope yours will bloom soon!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Beth. There’s so much work to do but I’ve spent a lot time just sitting in the garden this spring, reading, listening to the birds.

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  2. Kris Peterson

    You have a lovely collection of bearded Iris, Susie! I’ve been disappointed by my own Iris for the past 3 years. I even divided and replanted some of these to see if that made a difference but still only got a few blooms. Although they’re nominally drought tolerant, maybe the cause is as simple as the lack of rain and reduced irrigation during the growth period.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Kris. Maybe the irises will take another year after being divided, but I suspect you’re right about the drought. I’ve noticed most things do better when there’s plenty of rain, even the drought-tolerant plants.

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  3. Annette

    I always find it hard to incorporate Iris into borders but you’ve succeeded nicely, Susie. They look stunning and the colours are delicious, yum!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Annette. Most of these iris were brought to this garden from my previous home and were given me by a neighbor whose mother got them from a friend who grew them for a florist. They were the first things planted in my new borders when I move here 15 years ago. I’ve just enjoyed them so much–they really are the main reason for my garden.

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  4. Cathy

    Your irises are stunning Susie! Do you know the name of the darkest frilliest one? Wonderful. And I echo Christina in my love of that beautiful salvia. I guess it is completely hardy for you, whereas it might be borderline in my climate (mild last winter, occasionally up to -15 C)?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Cathy. Sorry but I do not know the name of the “black” iris (at least, “black” in bud stage). It was a pass-along about 5 years ago. The salvia has survived also for about 5 years. Its technically winter hardy to USDA Zones 8-10. However the plant hardiness zone where I live is 7b, from −15 °C (5 °F) to −12.2 °C (10 °F), so I think you’d be ok.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks so much Donna. The irises seemed to love the weather this spring. Don’t think I did anything different. I love that passalong phlox and am trying to spread it around the garden further.

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