Thursday, April 15, 2010

Iris Babies

My iris seedlings are coming up great! I have about 65 up now. I'm going to have somewhere near a 90% or better germination rate which is awesome. Hopefully they turn out to be some new beauties in a year or two.



Some goodies I have accumulated this spring including many herbs, speedwell, viola, phlox, dianthus, Irish moss and more.



Woodland phlox have a lovely fragrance. I only have a tiny bit in my garden currently, so I need more.


I have been keeping pretty busy lately. I have been working at the farmers market a few days each week and helping out friends in their gardens. I will be heading up north in three weeks for the summer. I can't wait!

18 comments:

joey said...

Delighted to catch up, Michelle. I love our local Farmer's Markets and blessed to have 2 near. Michigan awaits your return ... it's a stunning spring both downstate and UP NORTH! Yea spring :)

Southern Lady said...

Looks like you have a lot to keep you busy. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Carla

patientgardener said...

I have some iris sibirica seedlings just emerging - havent tried them from seed before so quite excited

Kiki said...

Fabulous!! What a wonderful array..I love your irises..yay..awesome!
Kiki~

Roses and Lilacs said...

Iris seedlings are very exciting. Since they hybridize so readily, you will have wonderful new colors.

Can't wait till our local farmer's markets reopen.
Manrie

Kristine and Michael said...

What a great thing. I guess I ddin't even know this was possible. I can't wait to try it this year with the seeds from all the neighborhood irises that I admire.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What great success with your Iris. I didn't even know that they could be started from seed. I have some Iris from my sister that I'm hoping will bloom this year. The Woodland Phlox is really pretty.

Sheila said...

I have never heard of growing iris from seeds but I guess it makes sense! Good luck with your babies!

Lori Skoog said...

Michelle...those iris starts are coming along beautifully. You are going to be very busy!

ga.farmwoman said...

That is a great germination rate for your Iris. I used to have so many different colored ones a long time ago. They grow well down here. Now I am wishing I had more.

All your plants are looking wonderful!
Have a great day.
Pam

allhorsestuff said...

Oooou...look at all your greens...pretty soon...blooms upon blooms!
Your garden(and many others) are going to be fabulous!

Thanks for stoppin' in to console my heart..it meant alot to me dear~
I got my first plant for our "sun" yard...being developed this spring and summer..Elsie got it as a gift, atop her resting place.
I know you know my heart ache..so sorry to hear that both your beloved pets were lost= last summer.
Just think of the fabulous gardens they frolic in NOW! Elsie is eating cat grass..without throwing up!

XO
KK

Joanne said...

Beautiful flowers and plantings here. Everything's really blossoming now here, too. With the unusual early heat in the 80s we had last week, some plants are even blossoming too early. The farmers are worried early blossoming apple blossoms might be damaged by frosts we're still getting.

donna said...

Growing irises from seed....WOW! I'm impressed. They look great.

There are a couple of speedwell plants in my garden. The goldfinches like to perch on the tall flower stalks and eat the seeds.

I've never met a phlox that I didn't luv.

donna

Skeeter said...

I added phlox last spring and am now wondering why I did not add it sooner! Love the stuff....

Annelie said...

Hi, and, nice blog.
Is woodland flox what I (perhaps mistakenly) call creeping flox in my garden?
Exciting about your irises.

Annelie

Nancy said...

Love your little beauties. You must have the most incredible garden!

Gail said...

Someday you will make a wonderful farmer/csa owner! You have the touch! gail

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Your iris seedlings are going strong...wow! I never thought of growing them from seed, you are one serious gardening girl;-) You have a lot of 'new' plants there. I am always adding new ones and always forget to take pictures and blog about them. In actuality, it seems like I am bringing home a car-load at least every other week!