It's Spring Time!!

Here are these pink and purple flowers for the Friday's Flowers at FIMBY. June 11!! We are at half the year!! I remember as if yesterday it was January 1st! I don't know about you, wherever you live, but here in Virginia it's soooo hot!I felt that I needed to make a Spring-like bouquet, because it's not June 21st, not summer yet! It feels like midsummer, but it's Spring!Even though my garden looks like a summer garden already! And most of the soft color flowers are almost done blooming and the hot bright ones are in full bloom.



Arcoiris is the word for rainbow in Spanish and Portuguese, which is that big colorful arch across the sky that we see after it rains.

And when talking about flowers, there is a plant that comes in many colors. That is why it is called Iris. When planted different colors together, they will look like a rainbow! Irises bloom sometime after the Tulips. By now their flowers are way gone, but I want to show off the flowers that I had last month.

These are Dutch Irises. I don't get to many of them any more. I need to plant more bulbs in the fall. And I only have one that blooms white.
All of the following pictures are of German bearded Irises.

They look beautiful in groups. But I like to have them here, and there, throughout my garden, mixed with the other spring blooming plants. Here is a close look of a Iris flower. That spiky part in the middle, is what made people call them bearded irises. That is Mr. Iris's beard!

I like all of them, but this purple or blue is my favorite.

This is a short type of iris. I love it's dark color among the pastel colors of the spring blooming plants.
And here is a very light pink Iris. I only have one plant of it. I grow these plants for their beautiful flowers, and then I could cut them down to the ground, and wait for them to bloom next spring. But there are people that grow them not for their flowers, they grow them for their leaves!

I Cut off dead blossoms and dead bloom stalks when the iris has stopped blossoming. I don't cut back the leaves until they begin to turn brown in the fall because the leaves are needed to produce next year's blooms!


Okay, I'll play!!

The year before last year, I spend soo much time putting bouquets together. Then I would forget about them. And next time I knew I had stinky, green water, with brown flowers on my table, on top of my refrigerator, on my window and all the places I had put them. Last year I skipped the job of cutting flowers to take inside my house. And told myself to never do that again! So when I read Rene's blog, I said that I wouldn't do that. But after seeing all those beautiful bouquets, I don't want to feel left out. I want my friends to see my flowers too! I have planted and cared for all these flowers. But the spiky one, the green one, the one that looks as if just woke up, and didn't have time to fix herself up. That one, I didn't plant! That's what comes out of wild onions! I think its a wild onion, I'm not sure, but when I do get to weed, and pull them out, the little bulb smells like onions.

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