The other day I noticed a bud on one of the Iris that I had moved to inside my pool fence last summer. The spot it had been in was shady for a good part of the afternoon and I had planted all the first Bearded Iris I ever ordered there. One of the orders was from Rainbow Iris Farm. I thought I lost every one of the Iris from them since I only saw one flower on 'Miss Meredith' the spring after planting and then never again. I had also planted some Iris from Schreiner's there all of which have done fine over the years. However I decided to move most of them last summer since the area was being taken over by both an evergreen shrub there and also my 'Crimson Queen' Japanese Maple which ironically is almost completely gone due to losing all it's branches over winter. Now even though I know which one is which when they bloom there are no labels left there so it was a guessing game of what I put where. I even tried examining pictures I had taken to figure out which might be what. The other day, where I thought I had planted my favorite Iris 'Cheyenne Sky', I noticed black buds. At first I was confused and then remembered back in 2010 I had ordered a black Iris from Rainbow Iris Farm. I could not remember which one and although I am usually very good about keeping records I could not find any Iris I had ordered aside from 'Miss Meredith' from Rainbow Farm in my journals. I am pretty sure I had written them off as goners and never bothered. Then when the Iris opened and I could see it was definitely black I really wanted to figure out which one it was. Recently while cleaning out old papers from a drawer I remembered seeing old order slips and went hunting through the pile, low and behold I was able to find the Rainbow Iris Farm order from 2010! Apparently I had ordered 'Before the Storm', 'Ace of Diamonds' along with 'Spiderbaby' and 'Miss Meredith'. I also see they had sent 'Chanted' as a bonus! Mystery solved! Now I can't help but think that it would be so wonderful if 'Ace of Diamonds' decided to show up next! I won't keep my fingers crossed though since I am pretty sure I remember finding one completely rotted at one point after planting.
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