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More Irises

By roses382, May 17 2017 10:37AM

This time it's the turn of the Tall Bearded Irises to shine. Walking around the garden this morning, before the really heavy rain arrived, three varieties grabbed my attention. The first is Titan's Glory, easily the sturdiest, hugest Iris I grow. It is a deep navy blue and extremely floriferous. I was kindly given this by a lady that visited the garden a few years back.

Secondly, I think this is my favourite Iris of all of the ones I grow. Unfortunately the name is long forgotten, it being one of the first varieties that I planted, before opening the garden had entered my head, and keeping records didn't seem as important as filling the garden with plants. It is an almost indescribable colour, having such a mix, of blue, buff, pink, even rust, which sounds horrible but is enchantingly soft and pretty.

Thirdly, another favourite, 'Jane Phillips', an old, reliable, beautiful cultivar, with flowers in the softest baby blue, like a silk dress from a bygone era. Not so ruffled, but extremely elegant. It smells heavenly too.

On a rainy dull day, it is so uplifting to have a rainbow of Irises in the garden!

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