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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Iris Name

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If you are a gardener like me and someone offers a name to one of your plants you run to the computer and google, google, google not to mention the books that go flying. Yesterday I posted and Iris bloom, name unknown with a different color than I am used to seeing on Irises. Paula from http://bucketideasforgardening.blogspot.com/ offered the name Root Beer.. I told this to my husband and said you must smell the fragrance coming from that Iris, I can't figure out what it smells like. He stuck his nose in the Iris and said, "That smells like Root Beer." In my search I came up with Gingersnap Iris with a Root Beer scent. Many thanks to Paula.
With the bud emerging this color I never dreamed it would look like

this!
Strange how a name can make you love a flower even more.
We are having a discussion on this Iris real name in the comments....I promise no matter it's real name it smells like root beer!!!! I haven't found one this light of a color. Waiting to see what colors the other ones will be. Ms. Doris, come smell it!!

The strip of grass between our new parking area and the flower bed is slowly disappearing.



To answer the question about "The Path Of Grace" in my full sun garden....Grace at http://www.gracepete.com/ has gravel paths in her BEAUTIFUL gardens and I have admired them for a year now. I didn't feel I could copy her without giving credit where credit is due. The definition for grace is beautiful as well.

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Today I am Thankful for gardeners, for they are ever ready to share ideas, tips, information and sometimes even secrets!

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42 comments:

gld said...

I just did a comment and Blogger lost it! That has happened twice this morning.

I love your iris. It looks to be an antique. Now I will be Googling it. What a beautiful color and fragrance to boot.

I am so glad you found its identity.
I have been chasing one for several years and think I have finally found it. It was not what it was supposed to be.

Have a great gardening day. Now that I have found you, I will return.

Glenda

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

A root beer scented Iris. That sounds like heaven to me. Perhaps you could plant something next to it that smells of chocolate! Or ice cream (you could then make a float).

I love Iris'!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning Darla. I love the pattern of gravel and mulch. I would like a pea gravel path behind the house but I'm so afraid I'd have rocks in the yard and in the beds. Wonder how well that gravel stays in place.
Marnie

Dee said...

great pictures! I love the gingersnap rootbeer Iris- how cool!

LC said...

That truly is a beautiful iris! Larry

Best Wishes, Marie said...

i have had different colors, pale yellow, etc... and then they all turn dark purple. i think the purple is dominant.

George said...

I'm going to have to see if I can find this iris for our yard. Not only do I like the color, the name is pretty neat as well especially if the fragrance is like root beer.

Helen said...

I loved your post today .. my mother's favorite flower was the Iris but I don't think she ever encountered one that smelled like root beer.

fairegarden said...

Oh I love that color, Darla, but have no idea if that is the correct name. We were given several sacks full of iris by my neighbor Mae and have tried to ID them as they bloomed. The only one we are sure of is the orange Tennessee Volunteer, that one was easy. Mostly I have labeled them by color, and will never know the real names after going cross eyed looking online for matches. I love your gravel, BTW! :-)
Frances

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Whoa! Changes to the blog. LOL! Took me by surprise and is very pretty.
Any iris that smells like root beer has to be beautiful and that one is. Your parking area and beds are looking so wonderful Darla. You can be proud of this pretty change in the landscape.

tina said...

Blogging is so fun when others can help us find out things. So glad Paula helped you. The color is reminiscent.

imac said...

What wonderful blooms you have Darla, and what bend and stretch you perform.

Lois said...

I love the color!

bennie and patsy said...

I love the Iris and wish I had a bunch,but no room. I have seen that color, glad to know the name.
My rabbits left there little home.
Patsy

Becca's Dirt said...

Blogger buddies have the answers to all of your garden questions. So glad she was able to help you out. Yea! That is such a beautiful iris and wish I could smell it. Love root beer too.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: Why don't you put it in the body of your post so we can see the flip.

Bren said...

You are so lucky to have peach iris blooming already! I don't have any of that color. IF you go to divide can we do a iris swap? I have lots of bearded and short purple. Will share photos with you in May! ((HUGS)) Thanks for always adding such wonderful comments to my blog. IT really makes my day.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla Dear, Thank you for the linky love! Not being a stringent iris connoisseur I can't ID them worth squat. I have the old fashioned two-toned purple variety that smells like ripe grapes. I imagine yours is an older variety too--before breeders abandoned regard for scent.

Noelle said...

I love the name....I would stop looking for it's true name and just keep referring to it as 'Root Beer'.

I am a big fan of gravel paths and your garden is looking lovely :-)

Cyndy said...

Oh my, what an iris! Root beer doesn't seem to go with its elegance ;)

Martha said...

Have no idea why your photos aren't fitting Darla. Looks like a cool shot from what I can see of it.

Marydon Ford said...

You are right, Darla, I've had this iris before ... it is AWESOME! These 'ladies' stand so elegantly amongst a garden.

I've been digging in the dirt all day ... & lovin' it.

Have a beautiful day.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

It's lovely. I have mostly Dutch irises at the moment and a few brown ones like yours. Brown. It's not a pretty color in the garden especially after all the brown covering the beds in the form of leaves for three months.

Julie said...

Darla! These photos are just stunning! Somewhere today I read that different irises smell like other things too...edible...like ice cream, etc. I will try and find the link for you if you decide to add some more "flavors" to your garden! Tee hee hee...that sounds delicious!!!
xoxo- Julie

sweet bay said...

Beautiful iris. It's so hard to put names with iris, you did good!

Gail said...

Pink and it smells like root beer! Wow and I am impressed with my purple grape juice iris! What a beauty. Nice work on the disappearing lawn! gail

Betsy from Tennessee said...

WOW---love your new blog look --and I love that header. That is YOU???? WOW---I'm impressed.

Love "Root Beer".... That's perfect!!!! What a gorgeous Iris...

Hugs,
Betsy

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Your header is great-Amazing form!

Your place is coming along so nicely! It's beautiful!

I've missed visiting you, I have so much catching up to do-Loving all your photos!

Robin~♥

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Skeeter said...

I can feel your excitement with the gravel delivery! When we built the boat shed, the day the gravel arrived, I was like a child getting her first bicycle with excitement. We had way too much gravel and I have taken it wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow to other spots in the garden over time. Your yard is coming along nicely and I love that iris and cannot imagine a root beer scented flower. What fun and the pastels look wonderful when the color is on flowers….

Today I am ever so grateful that I do not have spring allergies!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love that Iris, it looks like it should smell like Root Beer. I thought of you the other day when I noticed buds on two of my Irises, that's really early for us!
The gravel paths, parking area and flower beds look great!

Esox Fever said...

Awsome garden!!!

And beautifull iris. Maybe my father should take a look on this blog to get some ideas to make something with that mess he calls garden.

I will tell him about this site.

L. D. Burgus said...

It is a beautiful iris. I am always anxious to see what iris survived our winters or rotted from our wet summers.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Your place is looking awesome! I want to smell that iris. That is a pretty color.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I would have never guessed that color or the scent! Neat!

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