Last year I had the joy to talk with Claire Austin at the Chelsea Flower Show. She's quite famous for her Iris plants and she managed to wake the fire in me for them as well. She said to me, that if one plants carefully, it is possible to have a flowering Iris during every month of the year. Oh dear, I thought, that might be in England but not where I live. However, what she said, grabbed me and not only me but the magazine Schweizer Garten as well. Therefore, I was asked to make an article about it and to proof whether it is possible in Switzerland as well or not. Till now, Claire is right, from January till now it was possible, but let's see what will happen during the rest of the year ;o). Will it be a Mission Impossible?
I don't know, but follow me and let's see what the Iris in the Merian Gardens of Bale are up to.
Here we are: Iris germanica
All the Iris barbata stood in flower. There are so many different variations of them. But one thing they have in common: they are all beautiful.
This one is called Himmelsauge, that means eye of the sky and it fitted quite well on this sunny Wednesday.
It was my first time at the Merian Gardens and so I had to look a bit around.
Gorgeous, isn't it?
In the English Garden a little fellow accompanied me :o).
Gosh, I would love to have such a field in my own garden.
To be honest, I'm always complaining that in my own garden always the yellow and red tulips are surviving, while all the beautiful purple and rose tulips vanish. But seeing the yellow one now in the right spot and the right light, I have to confess that they are amazing.
Yep, finde ich auch.
Yep, I think so as well.
Unfortunately I didn't have lots of time for the Merian Gardens because the road was waiting for me. Next destination was the "Marktgräflerland" in Germany.
I went to the nursery Gräfin von Zeppelin. They have a big iris collection as well. But first I was in need of a strengthening. In their tearoom I enjoyed the most delicious cherry crumble cake I ever had. Ghosh, that was really delicious... I did not have the time to make a photo, it vanished too quickly :o). But back to work again.
Sagen wir es mal so: Die Arbeit bestand hauptsächlich darin, den Versuchungen zu widerstehen. Das klappte am Anfang ganz gut, denn ich war ja in der Mission Impossible unterwegs. Also ran an die Iris:
Well, the hard work was mainly to keep me from buying all those beautiful plants. I felt like in heaven. But I was on a mission... a mission impossible. Let's go and find the iris:
Here we are and all so well labelled that I did not even need to write down anything. Great!
(I'm wondering, who does ever give the plants so strange names?)
What a color. I'm sure that the Iris b.n. Gingergread Man would look stunning in the right flower border.
Iris barbata nana Firework
Natürlich gabe es noch viele andere Sorten und hüstel... natürlich habe ich auch ein paar in mein Einkaufswägelchen hüpfen lassen. Man kann ja nicht so sein, oder?
Of course some Iris and other plants went home with me. How could I have resisted?
Mitte Mai werden dann die hohen Bartiris blühen und da muss ich wohl oder übel noch mal die Reise antreten... blöd, oder *grins*?
Soon some different kinds of iris will be flowering and I have to hit the road again. What a burden *smile*!
Und nun noch etwas in anderer Sache: Ab kommendem Freitag wird mein Roman "Ein Ticket nach Schottland" endlich auch als Taschenbuch in den Buchhandlungen bestellbar sein. Ich freu mich riesig darüber. Wer ihn vorbestellen möchte, kann dies bereits bei Amazon tun.
Häbet Sorg / Take care