I love the spring when the perennial iris blooms. There are a few different varieties in the gardens from the early blooming mini purple to the mid height yellow to the tall purples, maroons and yellows. Each has their own time to bloom which makes it seems like there is iris in the garden for a long time each spring.
I wish I knew the names of the different iris in the garden, I just know they are lovely. There are bearded, Siberian and Japanese to mention just a few. Many of them have special meaning for me.
The mini iris are the first to bloom and are a joy to see after the long winter. As with all varieties of iris they need full sun for a good portion of the day.
The mid size yellow iris bloom next, towards the end of May and beginning of June. The original clump has been divided many times. These are a special plant in the garden as they were given to me many years ago when I was a Brownie leader and each year they bloom I remember all the fun times we had at meetings, on outings and at camp.
These gorgeous frilly yellow beauties are my favourite and bloom starting in mid June. These came from a division of a clump of iris at one of the primary schools I worked in, so when they bloom each year I remember approaching the front door and seeing these lovely blooms.
The tall purple iris bloom next, just a few days after the yellow ones.
The maroon iris also came from the school where I worked. I love the tight buds when they emerge and then open to a beautiful flower.
This photo is from a couple of years ago when there was a gorgeous display of yellow iris with the odd maroon and purple mixed in. There are also poppies in this photo and a bit of snow on the mountain.
There are up to 300 varieties of iris. The plant takes it name from the Greek word for rainbow. Faith, hope, wisdom and courage are what it symbolizes.
By early fall you can cut back the leaves and divide the clumps or move them. Mind you, our of necessity I have moved clumps after blooming has finished and they seem to take just fine in the new location.