First, let me dazzle you with blooming irises from the local iris farm. I have all of these now, except for Dancing Dolphin, but I really want it! They don't have enough of it so they can't sell it.
This is Andrews hop vine. It has grown quite fast. He built that crazy support for it last week. We have it weighted down just in case.
My iris seedlings are doing fantastic. There are 77 seedlings. I think they are all up now. Iris do not typically set seed on there own. You must make crosses to get seed and even then it's not a guarantee. You can find info on hybridizing at www.irises.org
I also got a couple of new gardening books. I love this one. I plan to adapt and utilize both ideas heavily in my own yard. I'm going to grow a bit for market this summer using these high yield methods. Do any of you have experience with these methods?
This book is a bit silly but it still has tons of great info. I wish he would have discussed larger scale examples. Instead, he focuses on the food supply of small families. I'm curious to know of any more commercial examples.
I hit the road for MI on May 6th. I'm shocked at how quickly the winter went. Though it was actually long and cold, it seems now, so short. My mom will be awaiting my arrival eagerly! I head straight to her house, visit and rest for the night, then drive out to dads to visit.
Friday will be spent gardening. Saturday is my youngest brother, Justin's, college graduation day so we will be at CMU all day. He is graduating with the honor of Summa Cum Laude! He has always been the super smart one. Another eight years and he will be a successful surgeon. Go Justin!
More iris pictures to come!