Hard to believe but full bloom is upon us once again. if the weather man is correct it is going to be a great week for the irises. With these temps I believe I should be in full bloom the very end of this week going into the following week. There are a lot of buds this year so we should have quite a show here in the eastern panhandle this year. Take a break from the virus and come out to visit the garden.
I hope this finds everyone safe from the virus. Take this opportunity to add quality time with your children and teach them how to enjoy the beauty bestowed upon us even in these trying times.
The garden will open to visitors starting May 15th. hours will be noon to 6pm every day as long as I have bloom. Do to the cold weather I suspect full bloom will be close to the end of the month. I will keep posting every few days as to when I suspect the garden will be in full bloom.
Due to the virus some new procedures will be initiated to help protect myself and all the garden visitors. Social distancing will be required. Face masks should be worn for every ones protection but will not be enforced. In the past you were given a price list that you returned before you left the garden. This year price lists will be sold for $3.00 each to cover the cost of printing. If you do not wish to purchase a price list describing iris name, color, and price one will be given to you that only has the iris number and the price. Both lists will be yours to keep when you leave the garden. No one other than myself will be allowed in the executive office (iris shed). A table and chairs will be provided for our interactions.
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.
Welcome to the 2020 growing season. I will be updating the website over the next month. Many of the varieties are in short supply and many I have to delete as they did not survive the terrible last 2 seasons. If you are ordering more than one of a variety you should email me to make sure I will have them. Thanks for visiting us.
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.