For the last few weeks I have been watching my Iris Garden preparing for spring…producing dozens of stems, that are loaded with blooms. When we moved into this house 8 years ago…we dug up all of the 20+ year old bulbs during a yard renovation, and planted them together on the side yard hoping to save them and enjoy their yearly show.
Thankfully all of the bulbs survived and continue to bloom every year. Just this week they have literally exploded with blooms…
Some of these stems are almost 4 feet tall! Yes, I did bring out my measuring tape…I just could not believe it. Each stem has at least 7-8 blooms and even more buds forming. I love how prolific an Iris stem is…producing new buds after the first die out.
My favorite thing to do is cut some stems and bring them into the house to enjoy all day long…
I always use this leaded crystal vase for my iris arrangement because it is one of the only vase heavy enough to hold these large stems! With the lighting in my kitchen, the flowers look much more pink here than the lavender color they have outside… still so pretty!
Iris stems do great as cut flowers. Their buds continue to open for days after cutting and being placed in water. Be sure to fill your vase with HOT tap water…they love it! This is a tip I received from a master gardener at a local garden club luncheon I attended last year.
Every day I notice new blooms opening and some of the older flowers dying out. To keep the arrangement looking fresh, I simply pinch off the old bloom which allows the new bud to open…
I cut at least a dozen stems from the garden to bring into the house, I love seeing them in every room!
Do you have a cutting garden in your yard? What are your favorite fresh flowers to use in your house?
Linking up to...Serenity Now, Here Comes the Sun, Uncommon Designs, Remodelaholic, Addicted 2 Decorating, At the Picket Fence, Stuff and Nonsense, Classy Clutter