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It’s actually a teensie bit late in the season, but I’ve been crazy busy and I’m only now getting to it: iris buying season! For those of you following along at home, you’ll know I have a bit of an obsession with these gorgeous flowers. They’re both easy and hard – drop them anywhere in full sun, and they’ll grow – but they only bloom for a short time each year, usually between Mother’s Day and my birthday. So there’s a lot of yearning and waiting and weeding for about a month’s flowering. But it’s totally worth it! (It’s a little like book-writing in that way).

I can’t resist them. I buy a lot of flowers every year, but I just can’t keep away from a beautiful new iris variety.

My favorite iris grower, Schreiners in Oregon, is having their end-of-year sale, so I took my chance to stock up. In particular, I’m focusing on early-blooming varieties, like a little dwarf variety called “Pele” and a couple of tall earlies like Footloose and Art Deco. I am hoping to extend my bloom season by at least a few weeks. The waiting in the spring is the worst!

If you’re an iris fan, you’ll want to check out the Schreiners sale. Depending on where in the country you are, you may have missed their shipping deadline (like I have, by a week), but all that means is that they’ll send them and not guarantee them as they usually do. I’ve never had a problem with these guys, and iris can be safely transplanted until well into October. (And don’t forget your bone meal!).

Okay, that’s it, dears. I have spared you a gardening post for quite a while, so I feel like I was due.

May your life be filled with flowers.

Click here to check out the Schreiners sale.


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