Welcome to this special meeting of the Society, our ninth meeting, called by me, the self-appointed president. For new members, please feel free to acquaint yourself with the Society in general by reading previous Society meeting posts.
At today’s meeting, we have another Important Matter to consider, perhaps the most important matter here-to-for discussed. And then after we discuss this Important Matter, I, your Society president, will present a brief program on dwarf bearded irises.
As your president I have thought for some time that the Society name is a bit long and shall we say, unwieldy, perhaps even limiting for a membership that has interests in such a wide array of topics related to gardening. I therefore am presenting a motion to change the name of the Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Old-Time Gardening Wisdom, Lore, and Superstition to a new name that offers both meaning and an easy to remember acronym.
After much consideration, contemplation and cogitation, I hereby move that the name of the Society be officially changed to “Blooming United Gardeners Society”, which can be referred to as BUGS or just “the Society”.
Please discuss this motion amongst yourselves via the comments, and don’t be shy about offering other suggestions. Following discussion, the name changing committee will decide if there should be a vote or if this motion will be automatically “so moved”.
A Brief Program on Dwarf Bearded Irises
Quite by accident, I now have four varieties of dwarf bearded irises growing in my garden. I deem them accidental because I never read about them and thought “I’ve got to have some of those”. Nor did I have someone draw up a garden plan and say “Right here you should plant dwarf bearded irises.”
Instead, I found myself at a local greenhouse, saw the dwarf irises blooming, and bought them.
The first time this happened, I bought Iris ‘Variegata’, which has variegated leaves and is not pictured because it is not currently blooming, and another variety called ‘Smart’.
I love the deep, dark purple color of ‘Smart’ in early spring.
Then the next year, I was back at the same greenhouse and bought two more dwarf irises, just because I thought they would go well with my first purchases.
This one is called ‘What Again’.
Many of you might have said "What Again?" when you saw that this was another Society post.
And here’s ‘Fireplace Embers’.
I guess that’s what a glowing fireplace ember would look like, as interpreted by an Iris.
I’ve not been to that greenhouse yet this spring, but I imagine I’ll be drawn there soon, perhaps this weekend, by forces I can’t control.
Once I’m there, I might see another dwarf bearded Iris or two and I might accidently buy them, too.
So far, these have been easy to care for. I’ve planted them and removed the spent blooms, and that’s about it. The nice thing about these irises is they don’t get top heavy and fall over and they seem to bloom earlier than bearded Iris.
Individual blooms only seem to last a day or two, so I try to deadhead them every few days. Once these irises finish blooming, you end up with a nice little clump of Iris foliage which blends in nicely with summer flowering perennials nearby.
I’ve not tried to divide these irises yet, but when I do, I'll probably divide them like I would other bearded irises, which is done in late summer. It looks like 'Smart' and maybe 'What Again' are big enough to divide this year.
This concludes this meeting of the Society. Please remember to weigh in on the name change motion via the comments.
Carol, May Dreams Gardens
President, The Society, perhaps formerly know as The Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Old-Time Gardening Wisdom, Lore, and Superstition or SPPOTGWLS
(Update: Esteemed member Annie in Austin has added to the dwarf iris program with a special remembrance of irises she grew in her garden in Illinois. Thank you, Annie!)