Three Beauties

“Three Beauties”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Yesterday, a friend and I went to several nurseries close to home, and even though it was very cloudy and rain threatened all day long, it turned out to be a very good day for purchasing plants.  The ones I am most excited about are three Louisiana irises that are real beauties.  I am looking for more of these lovely flowers in pink to light lavender tones to place in the “pink” garden, and Saturday was my lucky day.

Louisiana irises are almost finished blooming, and since I no longer buy plants that are not in bloom (too many mismarked plants out there from past experiences), I didn’t expect to find any at nurseries still in bloom.  But, fortunately, there were some in bloom and in colors I wanted, one on sale and the others really inexpensive.

Meet Kay Nelson.




Isn’t she lovely?  Next spring, when this one blooms it will look so nice with the other flowers in the “pink” area.  It has just enough contrast with the other colors that are already planted there.  Another iris purchase that I will plant near Kay Nelson will be Glowlight.  I think this bicolor flower will complement Kay very well.




The last iris will go on the opposite side of our property to be in the circle garden which is predominately yellow.  This is Heavenly Glow.  I think it will look good with the red and yellow daylilies that are planted there that are just starting to bloom.




As I have said before, I am trying to add more perennials to my garden to make upkeep a little more manageable.  I think these three lovely irises will give many years of beautiful flowers with just a little bit of care.




 I can’t wait until next spring when these three beauties are settled in the garden and blooming.  It is good to have things to look forward to.



  1. keewee said,

    April 19, 2009 at 7:11 am

    These flowers a so beautiful.

    • Jan said,

      April 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks, Keewee, I was so thrilled to get them, and the fact that they are not the usual dark purple was a plus.

      Blossom, isn’t Heavenly Glow just lovely. Because of the colors, I wish it would bloom in the autumn, it would be perfect then.

      Michelle, I thought some of the LA irises were hardy in MI. Not all, but some. It is a shame they won’t survive for you since they are so lovely.

      Lona, I wish I could have found more in bloom. I know I would have come home with more.

      Brenda, what a shame. I don’t think I am going to get many blooms from the ones planted in the circle garden, so I know how disappointing it is when they don’t bloom. I think they are too crowded and need to be divided in the fall.

      Joey, thanks for stopping by. I am hoping to get many years of enjoyment from these irises.

  2. Blossom said,

    April 19, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Beautiful colors. I especially love Heavenly Glow. The name suits the bloom.

  3. michelle said,

    April 19, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I love louisianas! I wish they were hardy in MI though. Boohoooo.

  4. Lona said,

    April 19, 2009 at 9:36 am

    The Heavenly Glow is such an unusual looking iris. Very pretty picks you have chosen.

  5. Brenda Kula said,

    April 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Hard to believe, but I’ve only had one iris bloom. One!

  6. joey said,

    April 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Enjoyable to finally visit … your iris will thank you for adopting them and return, giving you many joyful years.

  7. April 20, 2009 at 6:17 am

    Now matter which variety, but all Irirses are gorgeous to my eyes like amaryllis, only I’m not still sure if I can grow them. Heavenly Glow is totally new to me – nice shade. Great buy, Jan!

    • Jan said,

      April 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm

      Chandramouli, would you believe that Heavenly Glow was on sale? I was thrilled to get it since I am now adding more of these irises to the garden.

  8. Phillip said,

    April 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    They are stunning!

  9. Jan said,

    April 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Phillip, these continued to bloom after this posting. They just finished flowering yesterday. I sure hope they multiply.

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