I’ve had a love affair with irises for a long time. They are easy to grow, easy to trade, and their colorful blooms signal the end of spring and the promise of hot summer days to come. When my mom would come to visit in the spring, we’d visit the local iris nursery and appreciate the blooms scattered around my community garden. She especially loved the yellow ones growing in Millie’s plot. She LOVED it when I brought splits to her on my trips to Wisconsin. She lovingly planted them around her home and over time, amassed quite a collection of those yellow blooms! When she passed away last fall, her spirit came back to one of my sisters talking about yellow flowers and I knew that she wanted us to have her yellow irises. We dug them up and split them among her four daughters to grow in our gardens. I will always think of my mom when I enjoy the irises of spring!
After this afternoon’s sudden hailstorm – a relatively common spring occurrence in Denver, I rushed back to my community garden to check for damage to my newly planted tomatoes and was struck by the vast array of blooming irises all around. Despite the rain, I couldn’t help but walk around and take photos of the beautiful blooms. Here they are:
The Herb Garden
Millie and Theresa’s Garden
The south border next to the orchard and Brad’s Garden.
The east border along the fence.
I love how gardeners at Rosedale settle in and plant beautiful perennials for all the enjoy. After looking at all the possibilities, I would love to expend my collection and just might be offering to help people split their irises in the spring.