The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

Iris reticulata come fast and disappear even faster



I almost didn’t bother taking this photograph. The cluster of iris reticulata outside my back door was a miracle the day it first bloomed, but almost immediately I began taking it for granted, rushing past on my way to something more important.

Today I noticed it’s faded utterly, and the chionodoxa are out instead. Spring goes fast — it’s right there in the name, I guess. Take photos while ye may!

This photo shows the iris with the Siberian dogwood Cornus alba ‘Sibirica.’ Not just the colour, but the texture of its stems with those corky spots, is intriguing to me.


What’s out in your garden this weather?

4 Comments to

“Iris reticulata come fast and disappear even faster”

  1. On March 21st, 2016 at 8:58 pm Alison Says:

    What’s not out are my Iris reticulate; they are being very obstinate this year. But at least my three little Chionodoxa are in full flower and looking very pretty with the daffodils, tete-a-tete and grape hyacinths. Elsewhere, the hellebores, hyacinths, Erysimum and of course, primroses, are providing early spring colour.

    Do hope the book is coming along well. I will be very interested in further details in due course.

  2. On March 26th, 2016 at 1:28 am Wendy McLeod Says:

    I’m in the Southern Hemisphere and am so enjoying the thought of Spring! Here at the bevininv of Autumn nothing much is happening garden-wise. Looking forward to some old leaf colour!

  3. On March 26th, 2016 at 8:51 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    I’m actually nostalgic at the thought of autumn but being surrounded by daffodils IS wonderful.

  4. On March 26th, 2016 at 8:53 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Thanks Alison! I’ve never grown Erysimum but I’d love to. I’m actually writing 2 books, one that my agent is trying to sell right now and anther that I’m trying to finish rewriting. I really am going to try to blog here more, though!

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