Iris you were here

Yes, “Iris you were here” is a bad pun, but cut me a little slack. This is the first bloom from the irises I got at The Pec Thing last fall:

Just behind this beauty is a clump of “mystery” irises that should bloom in a few days. I bought those at the same flea market a few years ago when a vendor had a bin of assorted, unidentified iris rhizomes priced ridiculously low – something like three for $1. Bargain hunter I am, I chose three. All of which turned out to be yellow – the one color I dislike (somehow, even yellow isn’t bad when it’s an iris).

Last summer at a garage sale I picked up a division of lavender irises that have grown, but don’t show any signs of blooms just yet.

Oh – and the tulips in the back of the photo? My brother gave me those in potted plant form one Easter – probably 10 years ago – and they were  prettier than ever this year.

Not bad for someone with a brown thumb!


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on April 18, 2012, in flea markets, flowers, gardening, Uncategorized, yardwork and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Iris! They are very much appreciated here in Japan! There are even Iris Viewing season! But what surprised me was to hear that you have a 10-year-old tulip that still blooms! Did I get it right? Ever since I came to Japan all my tulip bulbs bloom just once! Are they clones???

    • Paula Hendrickson

      You got it right, Luciana. I didn’t even think the tulips would survive the winter, and at least 10 years later, they’re still blooming! They haven’t spread much, though.

      Squirrels sometimes dig up tulip bulbs, but left these alone, thank goodness.

  2. The iris is lovely. Good work is often equal to pretty flowers in a yard.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      If you can talk you-know-who into allowing flowers into your yard, let me know. One clump of the yellow irises may need to be divided soon.

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