Today I visited, for the first time, Horton’s Iris Garden in Loomis. Not very far away, and will need to go back in a couple of weeks or so to see more of the wonderful irises that are growing there. What an amazing collection of flowers. And it all started with a hobby,,, (When I arrived back home, Karli told me that Mrs. Horton was her friend Jenn’s teacher when she was at school!)
There are irises for sale in pots, but the best way to buy is to go to the garden and look at them all. List the ones you like best—their names are all on tags in front of the flowers—and then order them, and pick them up in late summer to plant in your own garden. (This means of course that you’ll have to visit several times between early April and the end of May, because different iris bloom at slightly different times. What better reason to walk through masses of wonderful, wonderful flowers?) You can also order from the Horton Iris Garden website, or from their printed catalog—and they will ship too.
Beautiful flowers, all named (who has the job of naming irises?) “Debrenne”, “Gypsy Glitters”, “My Friend Jonathan”, “Peggy Sue”, (I loved Peggy Sue), “River Siren”, “Smiling Duncan’s Eyes”, to name but a very, very few.
Places to sit in the shade and just relax… or wander among the flowers… or visit the playful goat kids. Lizards were scooting around through the plants today, zippy, fast as the temperature rose to the highest so far this year. A very, very nice place to go.