Highland Park Irises

bobbie1April 9, 2007

Can anyone tell me when the Iris Garden at Highland Park is expected to be in bloom this year? I will be "coming home" (I now live in Ireland) in Mid May and would love to see this if I am arriving at the right time.

Just joined this website and even tho I live far away, I am enjoying all the Upstate Info!

Bobbie

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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Not sure about Highland Park, but my iris start blooming at the end of May and are peak the first week of June. Rochester is often one week ahead of me for blooming, so you might be just a bit early for most iris, but might catch the early bloomers. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 6:29AM
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PollyNY(z5NY)

Welcome home Bobbie!

The iris at Highland Park are, believe it or not, Louisianas. It's called the Iris Friendship Gardens, and many of the iris were hybridized in Australia.

Unfortunately they aren't in bloom till June. We went on 6/17/06, and they were in full bloom then.

But Highland Park is amazing at any time of the year, and as I'm sure you know, mid May for the lilacs and azaleas, etc. May 11-20 this year is the festival.

Here is a link to some of the pictures I took of the iris last year.

Here is a link that might be useful: Iris Friendship Gardens

    Bookmark   April 11, 2007 at 9:59AM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Your link takes us to a Dave's Garden posting that we can't view if we aren't Dave's Garden members. Do you have a different link? I'd like to see the iris, perhaps it will convince me to get out there in June.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2007 at 7:11AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I am hoping that the last freeze here didn't do my La. Irises in. They were coming up and doing great until last week. I have the species Iris Fulva (copper Iris)

Penny

    Bookmark   April 12, 2007 at 7:32AM
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PollyNY(z5NY)

I'm so sorry, I didn't realize you couldn't see my link. I don't have any other links to my discussion on the Iris Friendship Grdens.

Here's a link to Fleur de Lis that shows a picture, but they are much better than that picture shows.

Well worth a visit.

Here is a link that might be useful: Highland Park Iris

    Bookmark   April 12, 2007 at 8:40AM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Polly
Thanks for the 2nd link. Great info in there of where to buy La. Irises. In fact one of the sources is in my hometown in La. I think I will get in touch with them in case mine didn't make it this year.

Penny

    Bookmark   April 12, 2007 at 1:41PM
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PollyNY(z5NY)

Penny, I'm just trying Louisianas for the first time. All 6 were looking really good until this last cold burst, now 3 not so good. I have been told Bois D'Arc has very good Louisiana iris. Mine came from Iris City Gardens, and their plants are wonderful.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2007 at 5:39PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Glad to here that Iris City Gardens has good plants. I have been recommending them to people looking for online sources. Mine were doing really well and sending up all new shoots also until this last freeze now I will have to wait and see as some of the new growth looks a bit on the yellow side now. If we had more snow cover I wouldn't have been concerned but all our snow melted so the new growth was all exposed to the freezing temps. I got my starts originally from another hummer gardener in Baton Rouge.

Penny

    Bookmark   April 13, 2007 at 6:14AM
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