Louisiana Iris 'Sinfonietta' was one of my first attempts at bare root planting. Six of them were ordered via Internet in winter 2008. Three were placed in the back and three were placed in the perimeter of the edible garden. It was not known how well they would do in my garden. The bright green foliage is every bit of 3 feet tall and sails through our winters adding structure and vertical loveliness all year long. As early spring bloomers they are welcomed cheerfully emerging shortly after the winter months. Mine are located in partial sun but they will do well in full sun also. A very deep blue with flashes of green-yellow centers they have turned out to be a good choice for my garden. Bumbles travel around from petal to petal burrowing deeply for nectar.
My one and only complaint is that the blooming period doesn't last long enough. From bud to finish the display of this non-bearded iris is only about a week... maybe two.
Rhizomes are easily divided for transplanting and sharing. From those six original plants there are likely 50 planted in the gardens now. A supremely Florida-Friendly iris the Dietes iridioides 'African Iris' or 'Fortnight Lily' blooms in flushes from spring to fall. It is a cold hardy stalwart here being divided and utilized in almost every garden area to some extent. I've written extensively about this pure white, faithful iris many times on this blog. Indulge me please while I notice every single nuance of this favorite beauty. Don't recognize it yet? Every fine distinction of this flower is exquisite. Catching them as a new bud gradually opens each morning is a lesson in artistry. The final outcome of petals spread wide to the heavens somewhat disguises the multitude of hues this flower possesses. Tightly held morning buds of golden peach tones give no hint of the finite degrees of bluish-purple details about to be revealed.
Thick, almost velvety petals come alive as the minutes pass.
In this stage of opening the varied degrees and tinges of every color can be fully appreciated.
Regina. A regal name for a durable Florida plant that can take our heat and humidity. Neomarica Caerulea 'Regina' Apostle's Iris A close cousin to Regina, Neomarica Gracilis is borne on foliage much shorter and more chartreuse in color and purist-white petals are exchanged with Regina's purple beauties. She's a lovely specimen all on her own. She was passed along to me from a dear gardening friend.
Which makes her cherished and admired. Forever hugs to you, KH.
Both are walking irises and said to bloom from spring throughout summer. In my garden spring seems to be their best season. I'm going to watch closer for summer blooms but I think that might be a stretch in the available information.
Irises are beloved by most gardeners. Which ones are you growing?
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