Thursday, May 31, 2012

Presby Memorial Iris Garden #5

While these iris thrive, my own garden has been struggling all season with various pest invasions.  Over Memorial Day Weekend, bright green worms ate ALL of my lettuce, right down to the ground.  Another worm has been attacking my beet greens.  Something ate the rest of the ripening strawberries.  Aphids have shown up on the flowers, broccoli, and even on the top of one carrot.  Fortunately nothing has touched the tomatoes, cucumbers, or pepper.  I also have some peas that have decided to grow.  We'll see what happens but this may turn out to be a flower year.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Presby Memorial Iris Garden #4






Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Garden Break

A beautiful miniature orange rose bloomed last week.

I love the color of these iris in the Brunswick garden.

I grew a strawberry!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Presby Memorial Iris Garden #3

This trio is too pretty!  I love the examples with the frilly edges!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Presby Memorial Iris Garden #2

The plantings are arranged by size and year. They have varieties as old as the 1500's and varieties as small as a pansy. The preceding were all variations on rusty purple and yellow. Without knowing anything about iris, I would guess that the original flower must have been either purple or yellow and more likely purple.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Presby Memorial Iris Garden

We visited the garden on Friday before dusk. They have been busy propagating and perpetuating iris varieties since 1927 in Montclair, NJ. The gardens are named in honor of Frank H Presby, a horticulturalist and founder of The American Iris Society. This will be the first post of many, showcasing the beautiful, unusual, and just plain silly varieties of iris that are grown in the gardens.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Spring Glory

There is an abundance of blooms in the garden right now.  It seems that the roses are very happy this year.  I love the pink flowers in the third image but am not sure what they are.  The peonies are just beginning to open and the crazy variety with the tassel center is a showy one, even by peony standards.  Someone commented that he loves walking by the garden this time of year.  It is a beautiful break from all the concrete and brick.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Weeds of Beauty, etc.

I spotted this striking weed growing in a parking lot.  It looks like a cross between a daisy and a thistle. If it wasn't behind a locked gate, I might have dug it up to take home.  I love the ornamental thistles that are showing up more and more in the botanical gardens and nurseries.  This pointy pop of yellow could be the next big trend in the garden.

The radish crop is almost complete.  Rather than plant more, I'm waiting for my bush beans to sprout.  The broccoli is taking its time and is soon to be surpassed by the lettuce mix.  I've already begun adding beet greens to our salads and am anxious to stop adding lettuce to the weekly grocery list.  Doesn't it feel good to bring homegrown food to the table?