Irises Blooming

We have a patch of irises in front of the Mansfield House, just above the north rubble wall. Only a few weeks ago, I was cleaning it out of debris. The other day, the iris buds were still closed, but seemed on the verge of blooming. Just yesterday, a few of them finally opened, and the colors were pretty spectacular. Here’s a close-up of a purple and white bloom:

Close-up of purple and white iris bloom

And here’s another, consisting of both darker and lighter shades of purple:

Purple and lighter blue iris bloom

Since I have no precise idea of what’s actually planted here, I’m looking forward to seeing what other color combinations might appear, as the remaining buds open. I’ll post more photos here, as soon as the entire bed is in bloom

The other side of the wall has no plantings. It’s in an ideal location, with exposure to sun nearly all day long, but I haven’t completely decided yet what I’ll be planting there.

Among the changing months, May stands confessed The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed — James Thomson


There are still quite a few unopened blooms among my irises, perhaps owing to the cool and rainy weather we’ve been having the past few days. Here’s how the iris bed appeared this afternoon:

Iris bed above rubble wall

Iris bed and Mansfield House sign

Perhaps over the next few days, the remaining flowers will open, in which case, I’ll make sure to capture any additional, novel coloration or patterns.


About John Poole

My interests include historic homes, architectural preservation and restoration, improving the energy performance of old houses, and traditional timber frames.
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6 Responses to Irises Blooming

  1. Thanks for the pictures of those wonderful Flags! See

    • John Poole says:

      Thanks, John! And that’s a wonderful #letsblogoff post of yours, on flowers. I encourage all of my readers to check it out, because it imparts the true meaning of Memorial Day, which is the 28th of May, just a little less than two weeks away.

  2. Great shots John. It is one of the things we don’t get here and something that Sid used to have so many of.

  3. John Poole says:

    Lovely flower images, for a lovely lady! ;-)

  4. John Poole says:

    Oh ha ha! I meant *you*, silly….

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