“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
― Gary Snyder
Nature blessed my wife and I with this beautiful bearded iris a few days ago. It was such a surprise because we never planted any iris bulbs of this color. Being curious, we unearthed the bulb to discover that two bulbs had grown together. That’s right, the bulb of a deep purple iris and a bulb of a brilliant yellow bearded iris had grown together to produce this beautiful hybrid specimen.
Irises are rare in Ecuador due to being on the Equator. The sun is absolutely brutal in the Andes Mountains where we live at an altitude of 6800 feet. Unless they are watered daily, irises will not thrive and produce blooms.
We brought 40 iris bulbs to Ecuador when we moved from the United States 12 years ago. In the States, the irises would boom twice a year. In Ecuador, our brilliant white bearded irises bloom 4 times a year with each stalk bearing 5 – 6 blooms. The colored irises bloom 3 times a year and there are usually 4 blooms per stalk.
It’s amazing how much joy this simple hybrid iris brought to our lives during this trying time of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,
for going out, I found, was really going in.”
― John Muir
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