After the Iris

Last week I had dozens of beautiful irises growing at the entrance to the potager.

Stunning iris at the entrance to the potager and beyond.
Stunning iris at the entrance to the potager and beyond.

I only grow deep purple and white irises.

The iris flowers are gone but the foliage is still upright.
The iris flowers are gone but the foliage is still upright.

The white ones bloom a few days later than the purple but they both were totally spent.

The same area of iris after having been "deadheaded".
The same area of iris after having been “deadheaded”.

Instead of chopping down the entire plant I only cut out the flower stalks.

After the iris the salvia are blooming and the lavender is forming buds.
After the iris the salvia are blooming and the lavender is forming buds.

The remaining foliage decorates of the front of the potager fence much of the summer.

Give me one favorite gardening tip please.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “After the Iris”

  1. I bought a cheap tool called a Gardener’s Knife at Ross4Less recently. I didn’t expect much from it but it was cheap enough that I took a chance. It has proved to be a great tool for getting under wild violets that form mats and other weeds. I’ve been able to clear a few beds in a fairly short amount of time.

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