Another bloom season is upon us. I will try to keep this page updated with the progress of the bloom. This year has been extremely difficult because of the type of weather we have been having this Spring. Over the last two weeks I have had temps for 6 nights hovering near or below freezing. As a result of the cold dry weather I am not seeing the same amount of bloom buds as in past years for the same time period. Also, the bloom stocks are much shorter then in past years. I don;t think the amount bloom will be any where close to past years. I am going to open the garden Friday the 13th but I am not expecting much bloom at that time. I have 39 blooming at the present but they are mostly SDB’s and IB’s. No tall bearded are currently blooming. This years hours will be from 1pm to 6pm everyday while there is still bloom. This is just a guess at this time but I think full bloom will not occur until the last week of May. If we get some hot weather this may change. But it is looking like the nights will continue to be cool. I will continue to update this page as I get a better idea when full bloom will occur.Thank you, Jim
I have included some current bloom pictures from the garden on the photos page.
Rhizomes for my IB’s, MTB’s, MDB’s and SDB’s are going to be small.
As of Oct 1st my 304-258-3735 phone number will be disconnected. Please use the 301-988-6175 number.
Minimum order is $30.00 without the postage. I have been filling orders that are not the minimum but I will not do so after today (June 11, 2020). Thank you
TRYING TO RETIRE
Do to health issues I am trying to sell my iris business. If anyone is interested in purchasing my inventory please contact me. I am not interested in selling individual varieties but the entire garden.
2019 IRIS SEASON
My loss was more significant then first realized. I am in very short supply on almost all varieties. I have raised the price on many irises that I only have 3 or less remaining. Don’t really want to sell them but if someone should want them I will let them go at the new price. I will not be replacing any varieties once they are sold out.
2018 was one of the worst years since I started growing irises some 45 years ago. We had a very cold Spring. Late April it started to rain and just would not quit. We had over 50 inches of rain from May to Sept. Weeds grew profusely. The ground was saturated from April deep into the winter months. I dug orders in the mud this past July, August, and September. My crop suffered quite a bit of soft rot from all the rain and weed cover. I completely lost over a 100 varieties. I pretty much lost everything I planted the last 2 years and only have a couple of rhizomes on many established clumps that I have had for years. I am not going to plant any new varieties. Health issues and age are limiting my ability to take care of the garden like I use to.
Information about your order.
Your order will be processed and shipped in the order it was received. Shipping will begin the latter part of July into early August unless you specify another shipping date. I will inventory your order to see if the irises you specifically want are available and let you know by email once I can get to work in the garden. Most of my sales are to garden visitors. You should order before bloom season as I sell out of many during that time period.
What’s Doing in the Garden
Our new online iris store is live. Go to our Shop page, and you’ll see photos of literally hundreds of irises you can choose from. Click an iris’s photo, and you can read more about it – and see listings and photos of related varieties. You can search for irises by name, by color, by hybridizer, by the year they were first introduced, by price range. You can even see which irises are the most popular, which ones our customers rate most highly, and which are the very newest. And once you’ve made your selections, our new shopping cart will let you pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card or gift card – or by Paypal electronic funds transfer.