Tuesday, June 1, 2021

A Couple Of Iris

For all practical purposes, the bearded or German iris will not bloom up here. The other varieties, Japanese, Siberian and Louisiana are only marginally better. So when a bearded iris blooms it is a treat.

Even more of a treat is when the Black iris blooms.

Not only is the Black iris blooming, it is blooming in three different locations. I spread them around in case of trouble. We get troubles up here.

The cucumber and squash sowing is growing along nicely. They should be ready for planting in another week. By then it should be officially warm for the duration. The okra might get seeded out tomorrow evening.

I am pleased to report the big bold foliage department survived the spring freezes by waiting to wake up until after they happened. So far no hail. Some things were not quite so big and bold this year after last year's double whammy of a freeze followed by hail on the second flush of growth. This is Darmera, Cinnamon Fern and Aralia 'Sun King'.

In a wild cultivated garden.

With a Kousa Dogwood now in full bloom.


Gypsy said...

Oh, wow, look at all the blossoms on your Kousa. Mine didn’t have a good bloom year so I’ll have to come look at yours. Please share more pictures over the next week or so. Talking about your veggie garden and seeing your Darmera made me think of rhubarb. Have you ever grown it? As kids we would eat it raw while dipping it in a bowl of sugar. We called it pucker sweet:-) Gypsy

Christopher C. NC said...

There is one ornamental rhubarb up here Gypsy. All the others I have planted slowly faded away. The survivor lives on the edge of the stream and that may be just enough warm to keep it alive in spring freezes. I'm not sure I have ever eaten rhubarb, maybe a rhubarb pie once? It's not a Southern dish.