These folks take full advantage of the fact that Mother’s Day falls in the middle of iris season. There were plenty of places to picnic, free bouquets for moms and even a harpist.
A few artists had set up their easels. You had to be a bit of an exhibitionist because there was no shortage of onlookers.
The iris beds are set out in rows, filling a large area with wide grass paths between.
They are meant to show off the iris in combination with companion plants. I quite liked the tall purple lupine with the yellow iris.
An iris/peony combo can be effective, but I didn’t think these colors worked very well together.
It kept the borders from being completely integrated, but placing the irises on the outsides of the rows and clearly labeling them made it easy to choose favorites.
I was on the lookout for ‘Before the Storm’, a nearly black iris, after admiring it on a blog (I’ll come back later and link to it). It was available on line, but I couldn’t find it in the gardens. There were plenty of other dark beauties though.
The mixed plantings surrounding the display garden created some lovely spots to picnic.
Occasionally, a planting would leave out iris altogether, like this one with Eremurus surrounding a huge blue pot.
I tend to go for the dusky colors. I can’t quite read the whole label on this one, but at $45 it’s a little rich for my blood anyway.
I’ll settle for ‘Touch of Mahogany’ for a mere $9.
Maybe I’ll even spring for the $16 ‘Some Like It Hot’ when I put in my order for ‘Before The Storm’.
Talk about impressive: this photo shows only a portion of the hall filled with labeled cut specimens of all the iris available here.
There was a big table of potted up iris for sale. Knowing of my quest, R bought me a dark one and I added a delicate Siberian. I have misplaced the labels, so I can’t be more exact until they turn up. There’s my free Mother’s Day bouquet, which doesn’t look like much in this photo, but each of those buds turned into a beautiful blossom and I am still enjoying it over a week later.
The subtle markings on this were what spoke to me.
They threw in a free catalog and I went for some special fertilizer. Next year should be a good iris year. This was a fun outing, especially taking the back roads south of Portland. If a road trip is not in the cards, you can check Schreiner’s online. How about you? Are you smitten with iris? What else takes your breath away in this pulchritudinous month of May?