Iris and Orchid. Today was a day for both at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden. The Deep South Orchid Society staged their 30th annual show in the new Visitors Building and vendors sold orchids on the new veranda in the back.
Yes, we all love to pick up orchids cheap at the grocery store and expect them to live several weeks. When our inattention kills them – or over attention in some cases – we just toss. But this takes the love of the orchid to another level. And what a level! I am still struggling with Phalaenopsis so I am not ready to take on any of these stunners. But I was thrilled to see these beautifully grown and cared for plants and maybe someday I will be up for the challenge. Take a walk with me…
My head was spinning. I have been to the New York Botanical Garden for their orchid show in the Haupt Conservatory many times. That is big and impressive and has a lot of money and manpower behind it. Somehow the charm and excitement of this show was seeing what individual orchid enthusiasts could put together. Some of the plants rivaled and surpassed anything I have ever seen in New York.
Last year I had to use my imagination to fill in the blanks, but this year, the serpentine bed of iris was in its glory, and this is just the time of year to enjoy their splendor! The colors were like an Impressionist painting. No matter your color scheme, you should be able to find an iris to suit your taste. The spiky foliage is always a desired element in a garden design and the iris fills this need nicely.
I brought my Grandfather’s deepest purple iris with me from his Hudson Valley garden, but this is the third Spring in Savannah, and it is not happy enough yet to bloom. I divided it and moved to a new location on the other side of the house last year. Two moves in 3 years may be too much. It would be for me! I have been in this low country for 3 springs, and one move was more than enough…but at least now I feel I am blooming.