Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Rare Treat



Look at my sweet little mini iris. Isn't it pretty? Well actually it is much prettier in person. I'm not the best photographer. The flowers on these irises only last for a couple of days a year. The plant is only a about 4 inches high. I think the flower will open up a bit more over the next day. But I had to take a picture now. I didn't want to miss it all together.

I was given a start for it about 8 years ago by an older lady here at work. When she gave it to me, she told me it was from her grandmothers plants and that was over 100 years old. The first few years I had it, it was multiplying like irises do. But then last year I didn't see them at all! I was worried that they were gone, and I wouldn't be able to get another one since the lady that gave it to me doesn't work here anymore. But this year this lone one came up! Whoo Hoo! I think I will transplant it to a pot after it is done flowering, and then replant it after the summer is over. I'm afraid something will happen to this one over the summer. Someone might think it is a weed and pull it out.

5 comments:

Sondra said...

Very pretty sis! Irises are so pretty and that's just neat that they came from 100 year old plants. I hope this one multiplies.

The bulbs that you gave me as a housewarming gift are coming up, and they've been multiplying. I'll post a picture for you to see when they bloom. Unless the dumb deer eat them. I hope not. So far they've left them alone.

Karmen said...

Oh, we love irises here at our house! That is so funny that they grew like crazy until last year! Well, it probably wasn't funny to you, though! It looks lovely, even if it is a dwarf, or a midget, or a mini iris!

Ruuddudes said...

How beautiful! A 100 year old plant is a rare treat. How neat that it is still alive! But I am jealous that you have spring poking up thru your earth! :)

YbsisKaren said...

We don't 100 year old plants, but we do have some mini irises given to us by our Dad who raised iris for competition. We have 2 colors which are yellow and maroon. The can get over crowded which they don't like. I'm so glad that yours came back. Whew! Love the color. Yellow and maroon just aren't my faves, but they are fun to look at.

Val said...

Oh that is so pretty! My flowers I planted last month are already done blooming, and now look like weeds...thanks for sharing yours with us, and I'm so glad they came up this year, yippee~!