Iris – A Spring Love Affair

IMG_0696The Iris are blooming in North Carolina Gardens

IMG_0693Iris in a long border in the Greer Garden

IMG_0692I am proud to say this is my daughter’s NC border that greets people at the front edge of the property.


Iris in the garden of St. Andrews Episcopal Church -Rocky Mount, NC
IMG_0648Flag Iris on the Chapel Hill Garden Club Spring Tour

IMG_0686Iris replanted last fall at ‘The Cottage for Two.’ Iris are a great passalong plant because they have to be divided every few years. These beauties have reassured me that my new garden can be as beautiful and healing as the one I’ve left behind.

For more information contact the Iris Society of America

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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18 Responses to Iris – A Spring Love Affair

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Your daughter’s garden is beautiful Stepheny. Sorry I didn’t run into you during the tour. It was a wonderful weekend. susie

  2. wordstock16 says:

    I’ve never grown Iris although they have some of the most beautiful flowers. There is a home near us that has the entire front yard in Iris and it’s stunning. However, thanks to finding you on the A to Z, I have been inspired and bought my first new plant in years. I even told my husband we needed an arbor and I’ve already picked the roses to grow over it.

    • You have made my day with news that you have gone and bought a plant. Wish I could share my daughter’s iris with you when she has to divide them. Don’t forget to plant a pot or two to get your gardening ‘feet’ wet this spring. Good for you.

  3. Barbara Williamson says:

    Love flags! So beautiful!

  4. I love the violet ones! I wish I could grow stuff like that. But I’m missing green thumbs.

    • You too can grow things. If you have a balcony, or front porch, a little patio out back. Buy several inexpensive pots that are made from light weight material so you can lift them. Buy some potting soil, put a geranium in and several other plants from Home Depot or available nursery. Keep it watered and start to grow your first pretty things. You just haven’t been ready to get started. I’m here cheering you on.

  5. Simply gorgeous. I tried planting some bulbs but they didn’t grow – others that did only lasted a year or two. Must be my back thumb!

    • Not all bulbs naturalize and keep coming back. In the south it doesn’t get cold enough to have tulips come back year after year. The green leaves emerge, but no flower. You might have planted the bulbs at the same time the squirrels were foraging and they dug your bulbs up.This fall, let’s you and I go bulb shopping in our imaginations. Buy some daffodils, put them in before Thanksgiving and send me pictures next early spring. You can do it.

  6. A beautiful post, Stepheny, thank you. I love Irises!

  7. marcy says:

    Beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever seen pink Iris before. Our Iris are just starting to bud now, so in a few weeks we should be enjoying them.

  8. Wow, those are beautiful! Up here in Vermont, the irises are only a few inches out of the ground. It will be a couple of weeks, at least, before they bloom.

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