In late June to early July, it starts all over again. Bloom, that is. Ever since Louisiana Iris Gardens in Central New York started handling my introductions some six years ago, I have enjoyed a second bloom season. What a joy to see my new seedlings blooming again. The colors in the North are even more vivid than they are in Louisiana. This is when we make the final decisions about what to introduce next year.
This is 'Fouchon' a cross of Patrick O'Connor's 'Zydeco‘ X my 'Pointe Aux Chenes'. If you are wondering where the name comes from, it’s a port at the mouth of Bayou Lafourche, where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico
| ' Fouchon ' |
' Zydeco ' X ' Pointe Aux Chenes '.
|' Gentle Memories '|
' Just Add Water ' X ' Edna Claunch ''
|' Labrador Hollow '|
' Ardoyne ' X ' Little General '
|' Iko Iko ''|
Garnet Storm Dancer ' X ' Grace Duhon '
My last seedling, 'Cochon de Lait', is is one of many nice seedlings that came from a 'Pure Water' bee pod. This name translated literally from French is a suckling pig, but to a Cajun this means a party. More like a Cajun barbecue.
|' Cochon de Lait '|
' Pure Water Bee Pod '
Here are some more of the many Louisiana irises that bloomed in Central New York this year.
|' Faubourg Marigny '|
|' Low and Inside '|
|' Brown Recluse '|
|' Mardi Gras Mambo '|
|' Mamacita ' |
And finally we have 'Rougaroux', which is Cajun French for werewolf, the Cajun swamp monster.
| ' Rougaroux '|
As you can see Louisianas do well in Central New York. If you would like to extend your iris bloom season, by all means try Louisiana iris. All pictures here are courtesy of M.J. Urist of Louisiana Iris Gardens.