Monday, January 25, 2010

What have we here?

Searching for more winter interest in the garden can sometimes be quite the chore. My list of must-haves is already quite long but clearly needs a section devoted to plants that shine this time of year. However, I haven't entirely given up up on my little garden. And because of that it will surprise me with a bit of color, not necessarily in flowering form.

The tall bearded Iris has started it's regrowth. This eventually becomes quite the wall of deep purple flowers that literally are stacked atop themselves. Anyone who comments on them is promised a bag full of the tubers if I ever get around to digging some up. I've promised some to Molly since she sent me off with some Siberian Iris from her gardens.

These came with the house so I don't have the varietal name. But it really is quite a lovely flower, although I've never detected any scent, which apparently is common in Iris "Jane Phillips." My Iris are usually in full bloom by mid-May, and then they start developing really cool seed pods that I only notice in the past couple seasons thanks to my lazy gardening technique of not getting around to trimming up the dying foliage.


Catkins of Contorted Filbert are happily hanging out. I'd wanted this plant for a couple years and finally got one last year. It's been a welcome addition to the front garden.

A golden cypress brightening the front bed.

12 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Brooke. I divided my clumped up and over grown irises last Fall and was amazed to get about thirty new plants going. They were really bad. LOL! Yours is such a pretty one though. Mine was an old fashioned purple that Grandma had.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love those Contorted Filberts, they are great this time of year with their curvy branches.
Now when your ready to dig up a few of those iris I'd be glad to take some of your hands :)
It's sunny now!!

Di said...

Gardeness, thank you for the follow and the opportunity to meet another PNWesterner. The bearded iris is beautiful. Our contorted filbert is about 12 years old and stands about 5 feet tall outside my kitchen window for interest all year long. I'm pleased you have one.

Karen said...

Glad you got the HLWS, even though it didn't come for free from me as we had hoped. I just dug out a bunch of iris last year but I bet you'll get some takers after showing that gorgeous shot of it in bloom. I feel like this time of year is good for looking at the details of what's happening in the garden, even if we feel like it isn't enough compared to summer.

sweet bay said...

Your iris is beautiful. It's really difficult to positively ID different iris, as I found when I tried to put a name to a passalong that I really love.

I actually like the new foliage of iris but mine haven't even started pushing up yet. The Contorted Filbert is lovely.

joey said...

Love your header and lovely iris :)

Kerri said...

Your iris has gorgeous coloring. I can't wait to see mine again.
I love those curvy filberts!
I could enjoy your warmer temps right now.

lotusleaf said...

Gardeness,Thanks for your visit . I love irises, but they don't flower here. The plants multiply vegetatively.

Darla said...

I actually remember you blogging about Filbert last year. I'm hoping my Iris bloom this year.

Kiki said...

Wow..that's a gorgeous iris..the color is so majestic and rich!Lovely!

Kyna said...

I love irises! I have 3 different kinds of bearded iris, but have no idea what their names are lol. I'm sure I kept the tags somewhere in the garage, I'll have to go take a look....I have a delicate pink variety, a dark blue and white striped variety, and a purplish-black variety. The last ones tend to grow taller and flop over more than the others....maybe because it gets more sun?

Ginger said...

I have never heard of contorted filbert, but what a cool picture! Sounds like something out of Harry Potter!

You're going to get a workout digging those irises!!