Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holding Back the Icy Temperatures

 
Less than a week ago, this was the scene in the back garden. A transplanted iris, from my home on the Prairie, was about to bloom for the first time... at the Cottage.
 
 
The cold blast the upper part of the US has recently experienced, has now managed to lower our temperatures to freezing.
 
 
I decided to try to extend the green, long enough for the iris to bloom.
 
 
 I quickly covered everything, using wood stakes and clay pots to elevate a heavy  see-through tarp.
 
 
So why go to all the trouble to protect the iris from our first icy weather?
 
 
Early this morning, I rolled back the protective wrap to view a single iris bud.
 
 
It was so worth it....
Meggie Mac
 

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    1. I still don't know why it waited so long in the year to bloom....I felt like I needed to give it the chance.

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  2. Wow - lovely! Well worth the trouble!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. The good news is....the iris has about four more blooms to open.

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  3. Impressive. I'm afraid nothing in our patch gets that much TLC. But you do have a lovely bloom!

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    1. Thanks Mike.....call me crazy....another few weeks and I will give in to Winter and let it take the garden until Spring.

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  4. Popped on over from Henny Penny's blog and so happy I did !
    Your Iris is gorgeous, they are the state flower here in Tennessee so I love to see new colors and varieties.
    Lovely blog !
    ~Jo

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    1. I didn't know it was the Tennessee State Flower. They are so beautiful in bloom.

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  5. It's beautiful, and well worth the effort!
    Another blog friend in a different part of Texas has snow at the moment.

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    1. That is very possible....I may see snow in January. It looks like it will be an early winter here.

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  6. Beautiful. I hope that the weather stays reasonable for you for a while longer. It's nice to catch up again. Jx

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    1. Thanks Jan...Good luck with your career change...I updated your blog title.

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  7. Oh, you bring a tear to my eyes. I'm so glad you went to all that trouble. The bloom is beautiful.

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    1. I won't keep this up much longer....I'll let winter do it's job. Stay warm !

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  8. Hi Meggie,
    What a great idea, to put the plastic over the garden flowers. Your iris looks so well.
    I watched the news yesterday, and the US is really having very heavy snow storms.. I hope its not too bad for you
    happy rest of the week Meggie... xxxxx val

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