White Iris, Foxglove, & Peony “Welcome Home” Bouquet

I can’t believe my luck.

When we got back from our trip last week I happened to notice that the wild white and yellow irises DID in fact come up in the roadside ditch down at the front of our holler.

I didn’t even unpack, I just went down the drive with a pair of kitchen scissors, and cut a few of them, then collected some foxglove, peonies, and blue-eyed grass for a magnificent welcome-home bouquet.

making my bouquet
making my bouquet
white iris, peony, foxglove bouquet
white iris, peony, foxglove bouquet

The very next day a road crew came through and mowed them all down. Aaargh! Next year I really am going to make good on my threat to dig up these white irises and replant them up near our house somewhere.

Oh, and the foxgloves! Every year they proliferate in this spot at the edge of the woods. I just love them.

foxglove 1
foxglove 2
foxglove 3
foxglove 3

Here’s a set of Beezus, who loves having her portrait made with a bouquet, as well as Pippi, who did not want me to take her picture, but did put up with it.

Bee 3
Beezus and bouquet
Pippi in her buttercups
Pippi in her buttercups

2 comments on “White Iris, Foxglove, & Peony “Welcome Home” Bouquet

  1. Sherry Siddall

    Incredible. Are the foxglove wild too?

  2. Lisa Creech Bledsoe

    If I had to guess I’d say someone planted them here many years ago, because it’s at the edge of the woods near the house. I saw a solitary foxglove come up there in one of the first years that we lived here, and that fall I made sure to pick and scatter some of the seedheads. The next year I didn’t see more than one or two first-year rosettes (they don’t flower until they are two years old), so I figured it hadn’t worked very well, so that year I actually *planted* some of the seedheads. THAT worked, so I did it another time or two. Each time I remember to help with propagation, I get more foxgloves in that stretch. I think if that area was an actual tended garden, they would thrive, but because it’s pretty wild, they need just a bit of support to proliferate. I’m happy doing it!

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