Iris You Were Here, Redux

Last spring I posted a photo of a single deep purple iris in bloom. It was just as lovely this year (as was another clump of the same variety that I planted alongside of the house). As I noted last year, to the right of the purple iris was a grouping of giant yellow irises not yet in bloom.

This year, as the yellow flowers begin to fade, another batch of irises — which I picked up at The Pec Thing last year — are just now beginning to open on the opposite side of the fading yellow beauties.


Look at all the buds waiting to open!


A delicate beauty, huh?

All of these were collected randomly from different flea market vendors. I had no idea when I planted them – hoping simply to soften the neighbor’s cement retaining wall – that they would provide more than a month’s worth of tall, gorgeous flowers.

As much as I love irises, they’re a close second to my favorite flowers: peonies. Now if I could just get some magenta double peonies to thrive.

What are your favorite flowers, and do you grow them in your garden?


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 May 28, 2013, in flowers, gardening, Uncategorized, yardwork and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. We have a container garden on an upper-level deck, and we spent a lot of time on it this weekend. We’ve got mostly herbs and veggies growing, but we have a couple of flower pots too with geraniums, petunias and verbena growing.

    Your irises are gorgeous!

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Thanks, Emily. I’m tempted to add some herbs to my windowboxes…

      The funny thing is I have a big back yard, but it’s shady and there is a huge black walnut tree. I love it, but it is toxic to many plants, so my gardening is limited to little swaths of soil along the house and the retaining wall. I have pepper, tomato and cucumber plants in big pots, too. Gotta make the most of it!

      What veggies are you growing in containers? How’s it going… or growing?

  2. I’m with you on the peonies. I have some lovely weeds vigorously growing between the cracks in the patio.
    I would love to see the lavender fields in Provence, but that will be another trip, and must be in late summer.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Were your lilacs still blooming when you got back? I saw some blooming today and thought, “Another favorite flower!”

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