“A Classic”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Another Louisiana iris has started blooming. This time it is Bayou Classic. I have had these for several years now; they were a gift from my sister. This particular iris is not only big and beautiful, but it is very vigorous, sending out a myriad of blooms and spreading making more plants. Louisiana irises spread but never invasively. Besides, with such gorgeous flowers who wouldn’t want more to spread around the garden or give away to friends and family.
I have these in two sections of the garden. Right now, only one group is blooming, and the others should be blooming in a week or two. It is nice that the bloom period is extended since these two groups will be blooming at different times. I guess they must each be in a different microclimate to bloom a week or more apart.
This fall, I will have to divide both groups as they are becoming crowded. Louisiana irises are divided in the fall, just before they start a new growth spurt. It looks like next year, I will have another group of these wonderful spring time bloomers gracing a different area of my garden. Maybe it is time that they found a place next to the back patio. That area could use some color at this time of year.