Gorgeous flowering of a pond iris and more


As buds began to swell last week, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the flowering of my pond iris. And this morning, three burgundy, yellow-throated flowers unfurled.


They look especially picturesque as viewed against the turquoise shed doors.


Several more buds mean more flowers to come.


Jenny/Rock Rose gave me a division of this lovely iris in 2015. It bloomed for me that year, but last year…nothing.


So you can see why I’m excited about it now.


Other plants are in full bloom as well, including the pomegranate tree next to the beaked yucca.


Dozens of frilly, orange flowers resemble juju hats…


…or, when seen closer, ruffly crepe-paper flowers.


On the other side of the garden, star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) perfumes the upper patio.


And although it’s not my garden, I have to share a sweet spring image of golden columbines, like shooting stars, at Zilker Botanical Garden last Saturday.


Oh, and congrats to Austin gardener Ruthie Burrus, whose charming stone garden haus smothered in ‘Peggy Martin’ roses appears in the current issue of Southern Living (April 2017)! I had the pleasure of visiting Ruthie’s garden a couple of years ago; click for the full tour.


And here’s the magazine cover if you want to pick up a copy to read all about her garden haus and roses.

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18 Responses

  1. Kris P says:

    That Iris is a gorgeous thing!

  2. OOOoooooo that iris is a stunner. It rises up with such elegance. No wonder you were enamored of it. All of these blooms are happy…at least they make me happy seeing them.

  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    What a gorgeous color your iris has! It still feels like winter here so your views of blooms and warmth are a balm to the wet and weary northwest soul.

  4. Tanya says:

    Is that beautiful Iris, Louisiana Iris? I planted bunches of that a few years ago and it has spread and is blooming very nicely. As a matter of fact, it has spread so much, that I’m projecting that in the future, I may not love it as much :/ Love that pomegranate, too!

  5. Laura Munoz says:

    The pond iris is stunning. The color is so pretty. I have a pond iris that is about to bloom for the first time, but I can’t remember what color it is. I need to look it up or just wait. ~ smile ~

  6. rickii says:

    Such an unusual color for an Iris…makes it even more special.

  7. Charlotte says:

    Does your pomegranate set fruit? Mine is blooming seriously for the first time (only one fruitless blossom last year), and I’m trying to figure out whether it is an ornamental variety.

  8. Robin says:

    Well, those columbines may not be in your garden, but perhaps you could find a spot for them? Maybe they are too “cottagey”, but that shooting star look is delightful! And the color of that iris makes me swoon!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I do love them. I’ve tried columbines out front, but the deer eat them. And in back I haven’t had success with them. But I’ll probably keep trying! —Pam

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