Monday, May 3, 2010

And then there were more!

Several more Professor Neil irises opened up for me today, eliciting squeals of delight.

(Good thing no one else was in the garden to hear me!)

I think I got better color on these. They are such a warm, plum-like, burgundy-color that I really can't describe them.

Suffice it to say that they looks so rich and velvet-y that I can't get enough of them.

That's why I am gushing about them and why they are getting two posts in as many days.

Guess it's no secret who my favorites are in the garden, is it? But then, we all have favorites, don't we?

And disappointments.

Like this next iris.

This is supposed to be a vibrant tall bearded iris called "Ocelot." If you look at this link to Dave's Garden, you will see it has a rich buttery color, combined with a royal purple.

Sadly, that is NOT what bloomed in my garden today. I was so careful to choose the iris colors in this bed, and then I'm foiled again by Mother Nature. Sigh.

It's pretty and delicate, but it's just a little too subtle to be anywhere in the neighborhood of the engaging Professor Neil, don't you think?

Maybe it's our conditions - heat, drought, never-ending rain and then colder than you can imagine for Central Texas. Hmmm... Mother Nature again.

Maybe it's my soil. Black clay. Hmmm...Mother Nature.

So, has Mother Nature foiled your garden color schemes, too? Who do we see about this?!

I want to know where to file my complaint!


Rachel @ in bloom said...

Both irises are beautiful, Diana! I wish I still had some in bloom, but mine have all faded.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Ah, Mother Nature. She is a tricky tricky being. But actually, I kind of like the two of these irises together, even if the latter isn't quite what you expected. The delicate colours make a nice foil for the darker Professor. And you're right, it could be the soil, or a mislabeled plant, or any number of other quirks. I don't grow many irises because they just bloom so quickly and I'm not crazy about their foliage. I do love the Siberian irises, which last longer and are really better suited to my growing conditions, but I sure love bearded iris in other gardens!

The Younger Rachael said...

Just the other week, I was reading with my students that the soil PH can affect the bloom color. I wonder if irises are in that group of blooms?

Gail said...

yes, MN is a teaser! But they are both lovely irises. gail

Lancashire rose said...

They are both lovely Diana- Maybe ocelot needs a different spot where she can stand alone. I often am disappointed with plant descriptions- especially seed packets. The seed people are a little guilty of overstating, I think. Interesting comment about pH because we all know about hydrangeas. My granddad was forever burying nails in the ground.

Diana said...

Rachel - Robin tells me my irises are lagging behind! Oh well, I told them to hurry up and bloom!

Jodi -- I'm new to irises in the garden, but I think I need to find a little more sun for them. That may be what's up with that Ocelot. But that's what you get when you buy something that isn't In bloom when you get it!

Younger Rachel - PH could totally be a factor since we have such lime here. I could take the trouble to feed them, too!

Gail -- you're right - I need to look at the two of them separately to appreciate them both. Hope you aren't too waterlogged. Enjoy Malvern!

Lancashire Rose - you may be right, I may need to move that iris. I'll see what else blooms next year since I have several different kinds in there. Maybe it will all work itself out (I hope!)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You might as well save your complaints as MN doesn't give a hoot what you think. She just goes on and does her thing. I like both of your irises. You can always move your paler one to another spot or plant something darker with it. Just have fun.

LindaCTG said...

I love both! I think they make a beautiful combination. But yes, you could move Ocelot and start a team of them elsewhere. Or just love them as they are and squeal with delight all you want!

Layanee said...

I am so with you on this one. The best laid plans and plants....Still pretty even though not what you had in mind. What is a girl to do. Keep on pluggin'.