Thursday, April 29, 2010

One More Week

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.

Shining Armor

Rock Star

Savannah Sunset

First Movement

Dancing Dolphins

Jesse's Song

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

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!


Southern Lady said...

I love the iris pictures. I have three different varieties that John's great aunt gave to me, but she didn't tell me what kind they were. I wish I knew. Have a wonderful trip. I know you are proud of your brother. Carla

Brooke (CreativeCountryMom) said...

That is funny, rock star is one I bought last week! Enjoy them!!

tina said...

Congrats to your brother! Have a safe trip home.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Congratulations to Justin!!!

Love your iris. Especially love the peachy color.

JGH said...

I'm very encouraged to see a hop vine growing in a container! I'd like to try this.

Gorgeous Irises- I didn't think I had enough sun but one is about to bloom on the side of my house - a first for me!

Jo said...

I think the Savannah Sunset is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!

And congratulations to Justin! Well done!

forest said...

Wow, I think I actually caught my breath for a second when I saw those iris pictures!