Michael Battalio

19 April 2015


Mostly iris in this blog. Bearded iris are among my most favorite of plants. The beauty, fragrance, and elegance are unequaled, yet they are nearly carefree. Simply put them in the ground and wait. Many rebloom, though it is too hot in TX for that to happen.


This iris below is one near to my heart. I will be taking it with me when I move away from TX. This iris was grown by a very close friend of the family who acted as my grandmother after my father’s mother died when I was young. She and my father’s parents were the ones that instilled a love for gardening in me, thus I will always make certain to take this plant with me. This iris is a very old variety as can be identified by the lack of substance to the petals. Old iris are much more delicate than new varieties like the one above. Older varieties also have fewer blooms per stalk than newer varieties. This one had five blooms on the stalk. The one above will have more than 8.


A columbine actually made it through last summer and is rewarding me with tons of blooms. It was even evergreen during the winter.


Here’s a Peruvian daffodil that I did not know was around. The interesting thing of adopting the garden of a previous gardener is that there are always surprises.


Here is one of the amaryllis that was left by a previous owner. None of the ones I planted have gotten big enough to bloom on their own. Red is a rather common color for amaryllis, but they are so spectacular that even common varieties are dazzling when they decide to bloom.


Lastly a Louisiana iris that I placed in some part shade. I was concerned that it would be too shady, but I was gifted with a lone bloom stalk this year. Bearded iris simply will not bloom if given too much shade.