A Glorious Year for Iris

Real Estate Agent with The DiGiorgio Group

iris, arvada homes, gardening coloradoEveryone's talking about how early the plants are coming into season this year, with our warm temps and dry weather.  


I wasn't convinced until I started looking at last years' garden posts. The post below was written in mid June 2011, yet the photo of the white beauty to the upper left was taken yesterday, April 23.


Yes, I have to agree - everything is coming into bloom early this year!  


**********************************  June 11, 2011  **************************************  

iris, arvada homes, gardening coloradoThe past couple of years my iris have not bloomed well. I didn't know what the problem was, none of the common solutions seemed to apply.


Turns out, all I had to do was wait.


This year, the iris have put on a glorious display! The earliest bloomers are fading, but there's still lots of bloom on other pretty iris, arvada homes, gardening coloradogirls. This year we had a cold and wet spring, but we had the same last year. The cool weather has hung on a bit longer, with night time lows still dropping into the 50s. Maybe that's what Iris likes? Whatever it is, the aroma wafting from my iris beds makes me pause from whatever I'm doing and just enjoy!

If you plan to grow iris in your high country garden, you may have heard advice to allow some of the tuber to be exposed above the dirt. But that is not recommended here. Because we are so dry, the top of the tuber should be slightly under the soil.iris, arvada homes, gardening colorado

Personally, I plant them the usual way, but then they get covered by following courses of compost and mulch. I just let them stay covered, and the results speak for themselves!


I got most of my iris from Boulder Iris Farm (click the blue text to read my post on the Boulder Iris Farm.) It's a fun 'field trip', and there's lots of knowledgeable people to talk to.


So, which one is your favorite?

iris, arvada homes, gardening coloradoCan you choose? I can't!

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I love gardening, but my ‘real’ job is helping folks buy and sell homes. If you’re in need of assistance with residential real estate between Denver and Boulder, Colorado give me a call. Maybe we could squeeze in some gardening talk too!
I am a residential real estate agent, happily helping folks buy a house or sell a house in the beautiful and friendly *suburbs northwest of Denver. *Arvada, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Westminster; also Thornton, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Northglen, Lakewood
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Gardeners might enjoy other posts about gardening in Denver to Boulder’s front range.
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Sherry Chastain
Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee - Hendersonville, TN
Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales

Yep their early and beautiful this year. We have a local farm and it is tradition we go around my sisters birthday because that's when iris bloom. June 21 is her B-day. This year will be a loss of what to do. 

Apr 24, 2012 01:56 PM #1
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

What a delicate Iris!  It is amazing that your blooms are two months early this year.

Apr 24, 2012 01:57 PM #2
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

Early in TN too, Sherry?  Well, maybe you'll have a lot of roses for your sister's birthday.

She was quite delicate, Sharon.  Today's 85 degree weather blitzed her completely. Can hardly tell what was there yesterday!

Apr 25, 2012 12:43 PM #3
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors
Joetta - love the photos of the irises.
May 04, 2012 01:34 AM #4
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