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