There are nearly three hundred species of Iris. Whether rhizome or bulb, this handsome, easy to grow hardy perennial signals the wonderful days of our typically short lived spring, the perfectly warm days of May and early June. Garden Party conversations speak of the incredible Sierra light articulated through word and image once by Ansel Adams and now by every handy digital camera. The party in the garden reflects that light, adding the experience of the sensational arrival of warmth. With grape vines and blueberry budding, the Iris unfolds and will do so now through the next few weeks. These and other awakening plants seen at dusk, dawn, and mid-day bind us to the feeling of Earth and life.
Yesterday and today are perfect spring. This week and hopefully the next four or so weeks. Perfect spring for planning the garden, for choosing suitable plants, and planting and watching the emerging garden and enjoying that. The earth under one's feet, the sky, the light, the warmth. The soil. The desire and ease of going outside again to be with the birds and the plants.
This group pictured has been living at this house for a decade. They were originally planted in a southern slope receiving full summer sun. They were fine there, but it was obvious they would better enjoy a western, northern or eastern exposure. So they were divided and replanted at the base of walls to the west and the north. Both groups take the pose each year at this time and make all the human onlookers happy.
But Iris in the process of blooming today, this spring, is the result of past planting and followed garden plans. If you have no Iris in your garden, be sure to plan to plant this coming fall. Think about your favorite colors because Iris means literally all colors. And here they come! The Iris tells us spring is here with all sorts of plants ready for planting right now, today. This week. Plants for blooming this summer, this year.
Heading to the nursery...