, at least in places with real summers, requires a tenacious constitution and a steady supply of hard liquor (for us drinking sorts). As for a tenacious constitution, I indulge in aimless teeth-gritting, occasional swearing, and fitful stamping as rivulets of sweat run down my nose. But I grow on in spite of whatever weather […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
For as long as I can remember, Augusts in my Midwest garden call to mind the word baked. Particularly the last few years. It rains, rains, and rains for days and months on end, breaking records and flooding fields. Yet just as abruptly as it began, it comes to a fast halt. Then it gets […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last June, I wrote about my Veronica collection in a post entitled “The Veronica Parade”. I have a habit of interjecting the phrase “oh I collect those” in conversations between plant nerds, prompting many of my close friends to mockingly reply “Kelly, what don’t you collect?” Today I thought I might take you on a […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
I don’t claim to have much of a sense of smell. Because I don’t. For whatever reason, I don’t pick up on smells like the rest of the human race, remember them very well, or recognize them easily when I do manage to sniff across one. But recently I’ve had something of a nasal epiphany, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Normally I wouldn’t call the 8th of July midsummer, but in a year like this it feels like it already. Maybe it’s because I’m not here nearly everyday like I was last the past two summers. Time rolls on in waves of new flowers, color in and out with a rhythm I admire. That rhythm […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
To date, I think I’ve spent one, all-out serious day in the garden. Yesterday. Sure, I was home for short weekends back in April, gardening for hours on end. I was here most of May during iris bloom season, and lived outside for most of that month too. But as far as days go where […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Thought you might like to see what other perennials besides irises caught a little camera time this spring. As most of you well know my plant afflictions run deep, and honestly irises are probably the least of my worries some days. Here are a few noteworthy lovelies: Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Short Stack’ –A terrific, dwarf selection […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Yes, I’ve been away. I haven’t posted on this blog in nearly two months and at that during one of the busiest times of a gardener’s life. I trust you won’t be too upset. If you’re like me, I’m just rediscovering what an inbox is after traveling back and forth between Ames, our nursery, and […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Growing up, living, and gardening in a winter-stricken, temperate climate gives you a unique perspective on the rhythm of life, particularly the cadence of the seasons. I feel like that cadence is lost on many people, September bleeding into February and sinking into June without fanfare or celebration for the simple tide of weather, flowers, […]Continue Reading... 12 Comments.
Happy Thanksgiving! Today I’m thankful for friends, family, and the flora of my garden that bloom without end, even after a dip into the 20s last night. What’s more is that here at Rainbow Iris Farm, we’re celebrating our first ever iris in bloom on Thanksgiving! We’ve often had rebloom into the week of, but never […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.