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What's Blooming in May

By LarryR
June 4, 2012

“The flowery May, who from her green lap throws, The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose." (John Milton) The cornucopia of color that is May in the Midwest certainly does include the cowslip and the primrose, but ever so many more interesting and beautiful varieties. Follow me into the garden and see what's blooming at Cottage-in-the-Meadow in May.

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jun 3, 2012 6:45 PM CST
Beautiful irises, and gorgeous pictures, Larry.

The iris you have pictured as ensata Yellow is actually not an ensata. There are no true yellow Japanese irises. They keep trying, though! It is either a pseudacorus, or a cross between a pseudacorus and an ensata, called a pseudata. Reason I'm calling this to your attention, is that the straight pseudacorus and some of the crosses are highly invasive. So please be sure to deadhead before seed pods form, and do not let it get near any waterway, as even a teeny tiny piece can take over a huge area. Here's some info on it.

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/205

Please, folks, if you have this iris deadhead religiously.

OK, off my bandstand.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jun 3, 2012 11:46 PM CST
Hi Polly, thanks for the compliment. And thanks for confirming what I suspected several years ago when I bought the yellow iris. Although it was labeled as an ensata, it didn't look like one when it bloomed. I think it's probably a cross. It has been a very modest performer in our gardens. One year it didn't bloom at all, and this year it only had two blossoms. I deadhead all my irises, so if this is an invasive variety, it won't have a chance to spread. I won't pass it along to other gardeners either, since I won't be able to control how they deal with it.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
Jun 4, 2012 8:33 AM CST
Wonderful, Larry. I so appreciate that.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jun 4, 2012 10:57 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jun 4, 2012 1:13 PM CST
Great article Larry and lovely blooms Thumbs up
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jun 5, 2012 12:12 AM CST
Thanks much, Vicki!
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jun 5, 2012 11:00 AM CST
Enjoyed the article, and the blooms are gorgeous!! Thumbs up
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jun 6, 2012 9:37 AM CST
Many thanks, Margaret. Glad you enjoyed the article. Smiling
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 13, 2012 4:52 AM CST
My Mom had lots of irises years ago and I never cared for them much. But in the last couple of years I have a newfound appreciation for them. Yours are beautiful and the Siberian irises are my favorite. Love the blue hues:)

Vickie
Vickie
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jul 14, 2012 10:15 AM CST
I've had much the same experience, Vickie. After my MIL died in the mid-1980s, I pretty much neglected her irises. Then I realized what a wonderful legacy they were and have been carefully tending them ever since.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 27, 2012 4:13 PM CST
Maybe we get more sentimental as we get older??? Thumbs up
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jul 27, 2012 7:55 PM CST
blue23rose said:Maybe we get more sentimental as we get older??? Thumbs up


I agree
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Aug 2, 2012 10:48 AM CST
I agree And we--or at least I--think more about our past.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Aug 2, 2012 4:17 PM CST
Absolutely! Every time I walk through an antique shop, I see more stuff that looks familiar! Hilarious!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

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