By Ron Killingsworth
I love visiting gardens during the iris bloom season, and I always take numerous photographs. It's hard to take bad photographs when you are visiting gardens during the conventions of the Society for Louisiana Irises (SLI). Here are a few photos from the past to show you what is in store for you if you decide to attend a convention in the future.
You will see creative ways to incorporate irises into the landscape.
|Garden in Ringgold, LA, SLI convention tour|
Some gardens are right on the bayous! You can see the water behind the attendees. As you can see, Louisiana irises work well with other garden flowers.
|Back yard garden in Lafayette, LA, SLI convention garden tour|
|LA Iris 'Splitter Splatter' (Grieves, D. R 2004) growing in Palm Bay, FL|
|Louisiana Iris 'Donna Wolford' (Pryor, H 2004) growing in Palm Bay, FL|
|LA Iris 'Frenchmen Street' (O'Connor, P 2002) growing in NW LA|
|LA Iris 'Wow Factor' (Pryor, H 2001) growing in Palm Bay, FL|
Of course, water features, ponds, and rivers abound:
|Garden on a large pond with LA irises in Ringgold, LA|
|Garden with a stream and LA irises in Ringgold, LA|
|LA Irises growing on Caddo Lake, Mooringsport, LA|
|LA Irises growing on Caddo Lake in Mooringsport, LA, with bald cypress tress in background|
|LA Irises growing around the "Rock Pond" with Caddo Lake in background|
|LA Irises at the "Koi Pond" at Plantation Point Nursery, Mooringsport, LA|
|Weeping Willow and other plants in our side garden|
|My Aunt Adell Tingle, who loved flowers, standing in a sea of LA irises in Lafayette, LA|
|Me, my sister Bobbie, Donna Wolford, Dick Sloan and Harry Wolford - a bunch of "iris nuts"|
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you the best in the New Year.