Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Think Spring!

Bob Bauer and John Coble of Ensata Gardens have listed new introductions for 2017 of beardless iris on their website that you may find interesting.  There are 2 Siberians and a Species Cross involving two Siberian species from Bob Hollingworth and two Louisiana iris and a Pseudata from Jill Copeland.  Check them out along with all the other beardless iris they list.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Another sign of spring!

Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks at Joe Pye Weed's Garden have posted their 2017 Siberian iris introductions and a list of bearded iris they are offering this year on their website.  Check it out at and enjoy pictures of their beardless iris.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Greetings from Florida!  I took this picture last year of a wild iris blooming in a retention pond.  Think spring!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Chad Harris to be at Region 2 Meeting!

One of the nation's best know hybridizers of Japanese Iris and Pseudata Iris among other varieties will be in Rochester on October 21, 2017 for the Region 2 annual meeting.  He will be giving a talk on "Water Lovers of Asia" a look at Iris ensata, Iris laevigata, and the new Species-X, "Pseudata"  and will also offer Judges Training session for Iris Ensata (Japanese).

Follow this site for details as they are confirmed.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Maine Iris Society Facebook Photos

If you're on Facebook, you might like to see the many beautiful iris photos posted by the Maine Iris Society.  A look at these terrific photos may help us through these dreary winter months before our own irises come into bloom:


Monday, March 21, 2016

A Tale of Two Seasons

Here are two pictures that tell a tale:

I Reticulata - Diamond Rise Garden - April 3, 2015
I Reticulata - Diamond Rise Garden - March 17, 2016
This is the very same clump of Iris Reticulata in the same garden. The bloom this year is two and half weeks earlier.  Projecting that forward and barring a surprise bitter cold snap, I have some planning to do!  When friends ask, when is your Iris bloom party, I usually say, the first weekend in June.  This year maybe the 2nd or 3rd weekend in May is a better bet.