Something about Iris

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is here. This day marks the beginning of summer, and it will be interesting to see what the season brings. The spring has been cool and rainy and rainy and cool. As I indicated in a previous post, this has been good for the gardens (except for the basil) and excellent for the mosquitoes and ticks. Really, this has been a banner year for the nasty biters. Good thing it’s so pretty, lush, and green outside. Otherwise, a person might start feeling resentful as she runs from the car to the house to escape the mosquitoes. And tweezers off yet another tick.

Another consolation is the irises. They are in full, beautiful bloom, and they are my favorite flower. How I love their elegant beauty.

Today is also the anniversary of my mother’s birthday, and if she were alive, she would be eighty-three. Happy birthday, Mom! We miss you very much.

Tomorrow, Clif and I are going to a Farmers Market in Steep Falls to sell our books. We have never set up at a farmers market before, and we have no idea if this will be a good venue for selling our books. Still, we love farmers markets and are bound to have a good time, no matter how many books we sell. And no doubt we will come home with something fresh and delicious.

Finally, here is another shot of the gardens with chives instead of irises.

In Maine, June must surely be one of the most beautiful months.

42 thoughts on “Something about Iris”

  1. The irises are gorgeous. I hope the farmers market proves a good place to sell your books and that you find lots of tasty treats there too. Enjoy your day.

    1. Wonderful to think of it being winter where you live when it’s summer here. No, not very cold at all. We have had such temperatures here recently. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Beautiful irises dear Laurie and I love the chive flowers too! A very happy Summer to you and Clif and best of luck at the farmer’s market tomorrow ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ€ xxx

  3. Your gardens are looking beautiful. My flowers are fine, but my veggies look like I just put them in the ground. But, you’re sure right about the bugs. They are massive and in quantities I’ve never seen. Good luck at the Farmers’ Market. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. My few veggies are a little slow, but the flowers are lush. The mosquitoes are terrible for humans, but I understand that the birds are feasting.

  4. Don’t you love it when everything gets lush? And the irises!!! It’s nice to see yours six weeks after mine were in their glory. I hope the book selling goes fabulously!!! (I am so glad not to have to pull ticks off my dogs and my self. Is Lyme disease a problem up there?)

      1. No fun, but this is the world we live in now. When my children were young, ticks and Lyme disease were not a problem. They would play in the woods and come in tick free. Not so today. Just being in the yard puts us at risk, but we refuse to stay inside.

  5. Your Irises look stunning, especially the white and purple one… looks like velvet. Good luck with the book selling & hope the bugs arenโ€™t stopping you from some nice bike rides.

  6. I have the purple irises – although they have finished blooming here, they are my favourite. I just love their shape – each one like a little piece of sculpture. Do yours have a scent – mine smell deliciously of pear drops?
    Happy Solstice!

  7. Now my Irises have finished, I can enjoy yours. I have only ever tweezered ticks of my dogs and cats before and have always managed to catch them on me before they attach – up to now. Ew, gross ๐Ÿ˜ฃ
    Enjoy yourselves at the farmers’ market.

  8. We have a book station at our market and we all love it. Best wishes in that. (also soap and a jewelry maker) I was given some irises from an older lady here-from her yard. They are a watery shade of blue. I love them.

  9. This was the third post in a row, in my WP reader, with irises featured! And I’m enjoying my own now, too. Such lush, gorgeous flowers. Our mosquitoes haven’t been so bad . . . yet. But we have cottonwood fluff coming out of the trees like a blizzard. Cannot wait for that to be finished!

  10. Wow, Laurie. You could have been writing about the spring conditions we’ve had here, and even about my garden! Ditto, ditto, ditto! Hope the farmers’ market adventure was good.

  11. It’s really surprising how quickly your flowers have arrived. You seem pretty much to have caught up with our season already. I hope the farmer’s market was as good as you hoped.

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