In light of all that has been going on, not just on the news but also in this blogger’s life, I haven’t gotten around to seriously working on a post that I’ve been researching for weeks. However, I offer to my readers (roughly all three of you) this quick little post!
The Rockefeller Greenhouse had their annual plant sale Thursday May 18th through yesterday. Fortunately, I was able to get there around 10:15 A.M. yesterday Organized by volunteers, it may not be as flashy as the sales organized at the Holden Arboretum but this one draws a good crowd as evident by the cars parked on the street and the parking lot in the park on across the road. I went there determined to buy a few dwarf irises for the garden. I knew that I could find them there since I bought one last year at a table manned by iris enthusiasts who tend the Greenhouse’s Willott Iris Garden, many of the plants in the pots being grown from rhizomes thinned from it during their regular maintenance.
I wound up striking up a conversation with a man named Bob who sat behind the table with occasional comments from his colleague Ron who was busy for the most par running around.
The Iris Garden is past its peak bloom but there are still many plants with flowers of a nice array of colors. I wasn’t able to locate the two that I purchased but spotted some that I hope Bob, Ron, and the others would thin out for next year’s plant sale. The origins of the garden started in 2008 when the iris hybridizer Tony Willott died leaving behind his rows of hybrid irises. So, with the support of his widow Dorothy, a group of iris enthusiasts got together, cataloged then, dug them up and by 2012 had them replanted on the grounds of the Rockefeller Greenhouse. Today, the Willott garden is a big attractions in late spring with its many blooming irises of various sizes.
As for yours truly, I bought two dwarf irises for the yard and they are now in the ground. One, Laurelwood, is a very unique rust bi-colored one while the other, Dainty Design, is an apricot colored one brused with cream. They should be very nice additions to the garden. However, it will take a whole year to see if they bloom and a lot of things can happen in the meantime. As for the plant sale, from the way the crowd was even on its’ last day, I’m positive it was a success.
Photographs by James Valentino