Thursday, March 7, 2013

Three for Thursday: It's Louisiana Iris Time!

From bud to bloom, 3 stages:




When I first started growing them, I had grand plans (HG says more like grandiose) to create a river of Louisiana iris along one wall of the garage.  It didn't turn out quite as I envisioned - the HG says it was more of a rivulet - so I moved the iris to another spot ... and another ... and another ... and so on.  Over the years, they've multiplied and been moved and divided many times, and I've continued to add new varieties as the mood strikes me.  (It struck in New Orleans last February at American Aquatic Gardens. Fun place if you're in the Big Easy.) 

It really would be great if I could identify each and every iris growing here on my corner of Katy.  Many years ago, my friend Amy suggested that we attend the Houston Bulb & Plant Mart in early October.  The first thing you saw as you entered the room where bulbs were sold was the Louisiana iris booth.  Pictures of the varieties on offer were displayed above the boxes of rhizomes and those pictures were all it took to get me hooked.  I don't recall how many I bought that first year or indeed any year thereafter.  It became a running joke between us that Amy was not to let me go overboard.  I always did and she always laughed and shook her head.  

I do remember the names of some of the varieties I bought ... Clyde Redmond, Black Gamecock, Chacahoula ChaCha, Eolian, Puddytat ...  I wish I'd kept an inventory of them. (The daylilies too but that's a post for another time!) I still have some but not all of my Bulb Mart catalogs and could probably come up with a rough list of what I purchased.  I wish to state for the record that I did start out labeling them in the beginning.  But labels aren't that much use as the iris multiply and intermingle.  It becomes increasingly difficult to tell which fan belongs with which rhizome.  And I might have bought several that are similar in appearance over the years ... I kinda have this thing for blues and purples.  But given the choice between sitting inside at a desk to catalog  plants or sitting outside in a comfy chair to enjoy the blooms, the HG and I are in rare agreement as to which we'd choose!





8 comments:

Carol said...

I agree.... sometimes labeling isn't all that helpful and if you don't start out doing it, there is never time to catch up. Sit and relax and enjoy the show!

Layanee said...

Oh my. Thank you for that purple. My world is white and gray again.

Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden said...

Hi Cindy! What a beautiful iris! I have other types, but no Louisianas. Even if you did label every single one, you might have a sea of labels instead of flowers! Can't wait to see more of these iris!

Dee Nash said...

I'm so amazed you can grow the Louisiana iris. Here, it's much too hot and dry and my garden. I guess I could grow them down by the pond, but that's a long way from my garden. I love yours.~~Dee

Leslie said...

Record keeping is never as enjoyable as gardening...I have similar issues. Pretty blooms are most important!

Kathy said...

Frances gave me Black Gamecock. I'm hoping it made it through the winter here. They are kind of "iffy" in our climate.

Gail said...

I love Louisiana iris and have been meaning to add it to the garden~I'm with other~enjoy the show and have fun guessing the names!

LindaCTG said...

Oh my gosh! How beautiful! I hope mine bloom this year. And believe me, I couldn't identify ANY of my irises now.