Bearded Irises in Bloom

bearded iris in bloomFrom spring until fall, something is always in bloom around here. Now, it is time for my bearded irises to show off. I have several varieties planted around the yard, but do not know the name of a single one of them. Not knowing their names does not make them less beautiful.

These irises came with the house and were planted in unusual spots in the yard and woods. For the past seven years, I’ve been digging up and transplanting these little discoveries in places where they could be better appreciated. Just when I think I’ve found them all, a new one pops up.

Irises are extremely carefree plants. In fact, I have one group that has been thriving for over eight years in a bed around a tree. With the exception of weeding and cleaning up the beds in the fall, I have done absolutely nothing to help these plants along. I used to worry about the rhizomes that were heaving out of the soil. Seems that’s not a problem. They continue to grow and thrive without any assistance. I considered dividing or fertilizing them but changed my mind. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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2 thoughts on “Bearded Irises in Bloom

  1. Irises have so much personality and such a beautiful flower. Are the rhizomes mentioned here part of the iris root system ? Do they spread like lilies?

    I noticed the “Blue Chip” ad in the sidebar and remembered reading somewhere that Butterfly Bushes are welcome plants in the north but invasive in states like Florida. Is that the case in your state?

    • Yes! Irises are beautiful. The rhizomes are the root system… and they do spread. If you cut a chunk off a rhizome, you could plant it elsewhere and a new plant would grow from it. I don’t know much about butterfly bushes. I’ve never grown one. A non-green thumb friend of mine had a beautiful one next to her pool. Her mother, the green thumb in the family, couldn’t grow one to save her life. Go figure. It wouldn’t surprise me if they were invasive in Florida. That climate is begging to be invaded by plants that love tropical environments!

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