Monday, May 17, 2010

Our 2010 Irises---Part I


Remember how lucky we were this year to have so many tulips blooming?WELL--Our Irises really showed off also. We had EIGHTEEN different varieties in our yard this year. Most are gone now --so we are waiting now for the Lilies and Daylilies to bloom. I finally got my pictures together , so would like to show you one of each of our Iris varieties...Above is definitely one of my favorites since George ordered this one JUST for me. Its name is TENNESSEE VOL IRIS.... Now--isn't that special???? Below are more!!!




This beauty is named BLATANT. Don't you love the two colors?




This is FLOOR SHOW IRIS. I love the tan color on top.. That seems rare for an Iris.




This Iris is named CLARENCE. Isn't it pretty?




This Iris is named HELL'S FIRE. You should see the deep burgundy color on this one. The bottom petals are almost black depending upon the light.




Yellow Irises do well in our yard. They seem to bloom longer than some of the others. This one is named HONEY GLAZE.




This beauty is called AUTUMN BUGLER. It changes colors depending upon the sunlight. I love the color of this Iris.




This little Iris is named QUEEN DOROTHY.... I cannot understand why it isn't named QUEEN BETSY though. ha ha ha...





Finally, here's another beautiful Iris. I love its color also. Its name is CABLE CAR.

I will have nine more to share with you tomorrow. You'll have to choose your favorite ones. Most of our Irises are re-bloomers ---so hopefully, we'll see many of these again in the Fall!!!!

Hope you had a great weekend.
Hugs,

44 comments:

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Awesome !
Oh, how I love to see the Iris in bloom, you have so many varieties it just takes my breath.
The first one is my favorite out of this review, those are my hometown rugby team colors, so of course I'm partial :)
Thank you for starting my day with a huge smile ....

Kelly said...

...these are such beautiful, showy flowers. My fav so far is the first, the Tennessee variety! Do you have them scattered around your yard or in one place?

T said...

Love your garden pics!

I'm still around, it's just so much is going on with the girls, end of school stuff (both them and me) and a really serious bullying issue that I just don't have the energy or the want to blog a ton right now. But I'm here - don't give up on me!

Darla said...

Wow Betsy! You certainly did have a great showing of Iris this year. Waiting on part two.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

These are all so beautiful Betsy...like you I'm sort of partial to the Tennessee Orange...

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

What absolutely beautiful photography, Betsy Boo!! I am so glad I got the chance to stop by today and see your flowers...I needed that. You are a God-send to me...write me more about your exit again. love you.

Julie said...

WOW! Your yard is a showplace, Betsy!!! These are just gorgeous! I discovered irises just this year, but they don't do well down here, so they were taken off the list of plants for me. Your's are really nice, and BTW, the name "Queen Betsy" sounds much better!!!

amelia said...

These are so lovely. We don't have anything like this but we do have some wild iris which are delicate and pretty.

JKoenig said...

Wow! what beautiful colors. I really liked the colors in the one called Hell's Fire. You must have the perfect soil for raising flowers...or you and Goerge both have "green tumbs."

Blessing on your day!

Sonya said...

They are beautiful. Wish they lasted longer. We have many iris here and I'm glad to know the names of them. As we have the same ones. I cannot claim gardening skills. The couple before us created these garden beds we have. She ordered many varieties from a catalog she had. Have a great week!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous blooms.No,don't ask me to pick a favorite,that is impossible.My favorite will always be the one I am looking at, at the moment.As soon as I turn to another one,that one would be the favorite.Keep on showing these beauties,they brighten my day.
Blessings,Ruth

Busy Bee Suz said...

These are just gorgeous Betsy.
I really love the purple and yellow combo...my fave!

Susie said...

Cable car? Now that is an interesting name for sure. These are really pretty Betsy.

Bird Girl said...

I'm loving the 'Autumn Bugler'! Amazing that you know all their names! And they sure are all pretty!

Sandra said...

the names are a hoot, especailly the cable car and hells fire. the flowers are awesome. I wonder how and who named them

Small City Scenes said...

So many beautiful Iris. I could not choose a favorite. They are just starting to bloom out here.
Thanks for showing these and will surely see some more beauties tomorrow. MB

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning Betsy. Your iris are beautiful. I'm partial to the yellows, golds and blues. Love that first one!!!

So far I have only two blooming but a few more to come soon.
Marnie

Glenda said...

Oh, my! It's hard to pick a favorite, but I guess my vote goes to Hell's Fire. It's color is so unique and rich. But all of them are gorgeous. Your yard must be a perpetual bloom!

thesouthernlady64 said...

Tennessee Vol and Autumn Bugler are my favorites. They are all beautiful, just beautiful and one of my favorite flowers. Have a good week.

reanaclaire said...

Hi Betsy, beautful spring flowers are here again... Nice captures!

Tricia said...

You have a beautiful array of iris colors there, Betsy! Mom has several irises, mostly peach colored, a few white, & a few lavender. you have a rainbow of colors!

SmilingSally said...

Betsy, that Hell's Fire is GORGEOUS.

Yes, I am very happy in our new home; thanks for asking.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Your garden should look awesome in Spring with all these flowers!

Diane AZ said...

Wow Betsy, I'm really enjoying your irises! Each one is so special and beautiful. :)

carolina nana said...

Beautiful Iris ,I have some in my yard but again like my tulips I didn't save the names,oh well I probably could look then up maybe one day when I have time!
Hope you all didn't get any of those storms. Have a blessed day.

Marilyn

LV said...

Is there nothing you two cannot do. These are some of the most beautiful irises I have ever seen. There is one or two, I am weird, that looks like an open mouth with their tongue poking out. It is hard to pick a favorite, but I love that Hell's Fire.

Ginny said...

Favorites today, Queen Dorothy, Clarence, and Honey Glaze. Sorry, I am totally unable to pick (pun intended) just one!!! Can't wait for tomorrow's!

Snap said...

I can smell them from here! :D :D

Kay said...

These are beautiful Betsy. I only have one iris plant in my flower bed and it has long ago bloomed and gone away for another year.

Kay

Arkansas Patti said...

Your Irises are just beautiful. I may have to bite the bullet and plant some.Did not know they were re-blooomers.
My day lilies are about to bloom.

imac said...

What colourful flowers you grow Betsy.

Leedra said...

Your iris are very pretty. Really like the first one, it is gorgeous.

Cheryl said...

I think each one is beautiful, but I especially like the one George planted for you!

Rose said...

Oh, Betsy, they are all sooo beautiful...my favorites are the first and last. But I really like that yellow one as well. I can't wait to see what you show tomorrow.

Diane said...

Thanks for the iris treat, Betsy. They're glorious. I bet it smells wonderful. Diane

wildlifewatcher said...

Oh I really like your Iris collection! You certainly are a good gardner - so's your hubby. I have a few lavender colored Iris in my yards but these were planted by a former owner. I may order some new ones and get them in next season. I used to tour the Roris Garden Iris Company in Sacramento, CA when I lived in that area of CA way back in the 1990's. I certainly enjoy Iris of all types.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, Betsy your irises are all gorgeous. You have so many varieties I have never seen before. I love the first one and Hell's Fire but my favorite is the Honey Glaze.

My irises are in bloom right now and I have one white one blooming. It looks like an especially good year for flowers on both coasts.

Jen said...

How in the world do you keep track of all these names? They are just beautiful--I give you the Blue Ribbon of Irises!

Daisy said...

So many colors, Betsy! They are all so beautiful. :-)

Catherine said...

Look at all your beautiful flowers in full bloom! And mine are just beginning ~ but at least they are starting! I am hoping to get my annuals planted this coming weekend. I need some color like in your garden!

Have a good night Betsy!
xo Catherine

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I love the tan color on top..of the Floor Show.. two.. I have never seen it before so I'm with you it must be rare.I like the Tennesse Vol best I have never had a orange iris. Trish

Adrienne in Ohio said...

This is a wonderful post, Betsy. I wish I knew all the names of our irises. Most of them were gifts from gardening friends who could no longer remember their names. Mine are loaded with buds and have just started to blossom. You're right--it's a good year for spring flowers!

diane said...

Wow! What a show! I never knew there were so many varieties. Always learning here in blogland. The first one is a stunning flower and a super shot. I thought all Irises were blue/purple.

Valerie said...

Oh my they are so very colorful! and an iris named after my town? Clarence? (that was also my paternal grandfather's name!) My favorite is the first one - my mom certainly would have loved that orange!!