Saturday, June 8, 2024

first of the year


 Always an exciting moment: the first iris began to bloom here this week. One of the little blue or purple ones in the garden between the barns. It's a reminder to keep checking on the big bearded iris plants in the bank garden by the driveway; they start out looking strong but can be overpowered by bittersweet and other creeping, clinging plants if I don't visit frequently with pruners in hand.

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8 comments:

  1. Iris are a wonderful shape, just right to invite drawing and painting. Mine have vanished under other plants and alas I don't have the strength now to lift them.

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    1. Maybe one of your plant-loving neighbors would lend a hand?

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  2. Wow. The very last of mine are blooming now and you're just starting? It's amazing how sunshine and altitude affect how plants grow! Enjoy those irises. :-)

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    1. I think yours have access to a lot more sunlight than mine, but these little ones are also being overtaken by goutweed - last year I could barely find the iris leaves to rescue in time to bloom.

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  3. Irises are such a showy flower and you've certainly done yours justice with your drawing.

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    1. I love irises - and they are irresistible to draw. Thanks for the encouragement :)

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  4. Your sketch captures the shape perfectly!

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