A gift from the garden, for the gardener

I think my gardens really get me. They seem to know how much their flowers brighten each day. The plants in my charge continue to bloom, continue to fight to survive the latest munching deer attack or the most recent undermining vole abuse. For the most part, except for one hydrangea and one buddleia, they stood strong when Irene blew her damaging winds this way. Now, with summer winding down to its final hours, my gardens have given me a birthday gift … my favorite flower in full-bloom at the end of summer.


It’s as if my gardens understand their vole-weary, deer-weary, storm-weary caretaker needed a lift.

It’s not the first time this bearded iris, variety unknown, surprized with a second set of flowers. In 2009 it opened the first of its repeat blossoms in mid-October, captured below by the lens and lighting expertise of my favorite photographer.

Iris in October 2009 - Copy

The business of summer gardening, summer in general, and this year’s gardening trials and tribulations caused me to forget the late season gift this iris offers. But my gardens didn’t forget the delight the first glimpse an iris in bloom brings and, this year, the repeat blooms will bring repeated delight from a second set of buds that promise to open after summer becomes autumn.

A gift from the garden … what more could a gardener ask for?

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4 comments for “A gift from the garden, for the gardener

  1. September 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    That may be iris ‘Immortality’, a clear white one bred to be a repeat bloomer in fall. How beautifully your favorite photographer captured it. What a stunner.

    • joenesgarden
      September 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      My favorite photographer has a great eye for lighting … and it shows. Thanks for the hint on the variety. This iris came from a man who sells his iris divisions as a sideline. The plants/blossoms are stunning but the labels are not always accurate.

  2. September 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    What a treat! I’ve found that some of my Siberian irises rebloom in wet summers (although in July, not in fall). I wonder if this special birthday encore performance is related to all the rain. (Was 2009 also a particularly wet year for you? it was in Maine.)

    • joenesgarden
      September 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

      I’m not sure if my repeat iris blooms are more related to this particular variety. I’ve had it for three years and it’s rebloomed all three. I missed it last year due to October travel. This year’s rebloom seems to be a bit earlier than the previous two, possibly due to the week-long chill we had recently.

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