Tammy and I have always loved our flowers. In particular, Tammy likes her daylilies and Rob is particularly fond of bearded iris. Actually, Tammy very much likes the iris and Rob very much likes the daylilies as well. So, really it's not a problem.
A few people might remember our farm when we first moved there. We brought a significant number of perennials (including iris and daylilies) from our previous location(s) and we had one fantastic garden area in the southwest portion of the farm.
|A picture from 2005 or 2006 of our iris in the southwest garden area.|
|The same area in 2017 (facing the opposite direction)|
Very few of our iris seem to bloom every year, with many showing up every other year and some others gracing us only every so often. Some beds do better in one year and poorer the next. I'm sure it has something to do with different weather conditions and the micro climate we can attribute to each bed. Ok, that and... how much time we've had to do a little weeding and flower bed work.
The upshot of this is that we haven't quite had the same "Grand Iris Tours" we used to have. Part of it is the reduced number of blooms, of course. Another factor is the vague sense of disappointment that we haven't been able to maintain the flower gardens. And, perhaps it's just because we get so caught up in farm work that we don't always take the time we should to go out and view the iris (our special take on "smelling the roses" - we "view the iris").
Finally, Tammy and I purposely went out (towards the end of the bloom season) and took some pictures and enjoyed some flowers. We have shared them before. Like these pictures in 2014.
|Red at Night|
|St Helen's Wake|
And sometimes, we still take a picture, even if the light isn't right and the clothing is a little tattered after a strong wind and hot days. Some of them seem a bit embarrassed by this. Others, just appreciated that we still enjoy seeing them.
We hope you enjoyed our 2017 Grand Iris Tour. Here's to another year of flowers sharing with the farmers (and hence... with you).