Return to the Iris Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Posted by gottagarden z5 western NY (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 16, 11 at 13:19

More pretty pictures

iris "Gypsy Romance" - my favorite. this is not photoshop, colors are really that brilliant

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010


From Iris 2010

Got the blues . . .

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

Samurai Warrior and blooms of 'ravenswin​g' cow parsley

From Iris 2008

iris samurai warrior in front of red barberry

From Iris 2010

baptisia australis(​wild blue indigo) makes a great foil for this particular iris - late and tall

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

iris Dover Beach - photo is inadequate to how gorgeous these were, and long blooming too.

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2010

From Iris 2008

From Iris 2008

prettiest flower of all (and look at the size of those blooms!)

From Iris 2008

BTW - I'm cross posting to cottage garden forum.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

You did it again!

Absolutely breathtaking!

I'm quitting gardening today because I know there is no hope I can ever approach the standards you have established.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Gorgeous photos! I have Gypsy Romance too & just love it. Wonderful brilliant color. I have Dover Beach too, this will be its 3rd year & it had better bloom this year. The last pic is especially adorable.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

My goodness. Your iris are yummo!!! I can see why Gypsy Romance is your favorite, its STUNNING. I really need to start trying to grow bearded iris. I love to mulch my beds and I know its not good to cover them up with mulch but I do have some spots that I don't mulch so I may just add some in those spots. Your sweet little daughter is just precious. Such a cutie!!! Do you order yours off the internet and if so where? Thanks a a bunch, Judy


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Lovin' this! Thanks for posting.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Just unbelievably beautiful. I can just imagine the time it must take to maintain such a gorgeous garden.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Thanks for the compliments.

I got most of my iris from iris farms. They have literally hundreds of different kinds of iris, and I got to walk up and down the rows and pick out my favorites. I also got some from local nurseries and trading.

Harryshoe, no reason to quit, it's not a competition. If it were, I'd have had to quit years ago because there are some real garden gurus out here that impossible to approach.

I need to divide this year, they are all getting so crowded.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Your irises (and your photos) are absolutely gorgeous. I would love to have the name of all of them............


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

I'm like Ingwe4. Would love the names especially in the bottom 3 photos. The last picture is a real treasure!


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Those are so stunning! Your photos are gorgeous! I have to have Gypsy Romance now it is so gorgeous...and what a beautiful job you have done with the combinations. Thank you for sharing.
kay


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Absolutely beautiful gardens! Obviously a lot of work put into them. Especially the blonde plant!

Can you please tell me what nepeta you have with Dover Beach? What a match! As soon as I find out I will be ordering Dover Beach.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Gorgeous! Thanks for posting--I ENVY the room you have to garden. Perhaps one day.....


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

That's nepeta Walker's Low with the Dover Beach. DB is one of my latest tall bearded iris to bloom, so it does well with Walker's Low, which is about a week too late to bloom for my early tall bearded. Contrary to it's name, Walker's Low is NOT a low growing plant, but quite tall and floppy, so I grow it behind the iris and let them flop through the spiky foliage.

My generic nepeta is a small plant and does grow low to the ground. It blooms a few weeks earlier than Walker's, so it's the better companion for the early tall beardeds. Notice here how it makes a nice edge in FRONT of them.

From Iris 2010


Mikesc - For years I lived in condos, and my garden was a 20 x 20 plot that I rented from the local community garden center. That little plot kept me sane because I needed my hands in the dirt. So keep dreaming, my dream for a huge property came true.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Thank you so much.

You combos are just amazing. You have the 'eye'.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

What is the pink iris, third from bottom photograph? They're all stunning!

Mike


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

What's the name of the iris planted with the wild blue indigo? Is it Yaquina Blue? if it is, then i'm so glad that i bought it last year!


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

The light pink iris is either Beverly Sills or Pink Horizon. I have the tags for both, but they are no longer attached to plants. The bicolored pink is Camelot Rose.

I have lots of blues and I'm pretty sure Shipshape is planted with the wild blue indigo. ( but tags have gotten mixed, so not 100% sure) It is one of the tallest and latest to bloom of my tall bearded.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Love all this photos!!! You really have the master touch.
I never forget the first time I see an Iris in Utah. After that I plant few of them and was great.
I move to Florida and now here I can't have them... I try many times, and no luck.
I hope that one day I can have just few of the beauties that you show here.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Those are surely the most beautiful iris photos I've ever seen!

Can you share with us how you maintain those beds so well? Do you have a "work schedule" that you follow?


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

I'm a big believer in low maintenance. I weed and mulch with aged horse manure in the spring, then cut back when I can. If you feed the soil (with manure or compost) then the healthy soil takes care of everything else.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Brenda, what is the almost black iris on a second photo?
You garden is stunning! You know, you were my inspiration to grow iris in a fist place when I saw your pictures while back.
This weekend I will be visiting an iris farm and rewarding myself with some gorgeous plants. Can hardly wait!
Thank you for posting photos - truly an eye candy and inspiration to look at and dream.
~Natalie


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Gottagarden, thanks for the tips! It sure looks like you spend hours and hours on those beds! I've never had much luck with bearded iris but recently found by soil testing, that my pH is around 4.9 so I've been spreading lime around!


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Wow! Your gardens are spectacular! You could have tours and charge admission! Really, REALLY beautiful!


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

  • Posted by beth NorCA 9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 17, 11 at 21:26

Absolutely gorgeous garden! I love it! Thanks for sharing with us.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Wow, just had to bump this the photos are spectacular! Wonderful job you've done. I've read multiple times NOT to put manure in Iris beds. Wow, I'm glad I stumbled upon this. In the Iris beds the manure goes! Thanks! Rena'


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

beautiful - love the iris samurai warrior

thanks for sharing

mr toad


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Time to look at Gottagarden's irises again.
Renee


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

What is that black looking one in the 2nd photo?


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Wow, I love that Gypsy Romance and Dover Beach. Gorgeous!


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Absolutely stunning pictures of your beds. How in the world did you do that? All those beds and flowers. I am so envious! The picture of your little girl dancing in the flowers would win lst prize in any photo contest. Love the ice storm pictures too. You truly have a gift. Thanks so much for sharing those photos with us.

What kind of plant markers do you use? My markers always either fade, get lost, blow away, or break off. So most of my iris I have no idea of their names anymore.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

Thanks!

for plant markers, I use a sharpie PAINT PEN (not marker) to label window blinds, then the tag is stuck deep in the ground. I usually write the name on top and bottom of tag. The part underground will not fade, the part above ground will.


 o
RE: Part 2: More beautiful iris and companions * many photos*

I used window blinds but they seem to break off. Maybe I'm using the wrong blinds! I bought 3 of those paint pens and I can't make them work. They must be too old?

Your gardens are so remarkable I can't stop looking at your pictures. Can I get your email? mine is: steelskies@yahoo.com. I see you have horses. I have many too. Beteween gardening and the horses, not much time for anything else......... BTW, the composted horse manure is THE BEST.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Iris Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here