Friday, May 23, 2014

A Visit to Schreiner's Iris Farm

Schreiners HEader copy
It's that time of year once again, kids...time for my annual trip to Schreiner's Iris Garden! It's become an annual tradition for me to visit their display garden and pick out a few new Iris for myself...check out a previous post HERE. Today's post is actually my visit from last year (2013) that I never got a chance to actually put together...and I figure it's better now anyway, since you still have time to visit yourself, should you want to!

Yellow Iris and Allium H
I adore Iris...I have all my life...with their beautiful form, rich colors and easy cultivation, you can't go wrong!

field of color about a riot of color!

Gorgous Bicolor
It truly is overwhelming when you first step into the's hard to even find a spot to focus.

FLowers all over
Such a wonderful abundance of color!

Iris border 3
One thing I love about Schreiner's is that, although there are growing fields nearby, this is really a display garden, so you get a better feeling of how these plants will look in a garden...and with other plants.

WIld Iris ROse
Delish! 'Wild Irish Rose'

Unknown Iris
I'm a sucker for Iris with contrasting standards and falls.

Wine REd Iris
What color!

yellow purple bicolor
I was really love ing this bi-color with the rich purple falls.

Yellow purple iris
And this yellow one with that blush of lavender at the base of the petals.

REd Columbine
While the Iris are the stars of the show, they amiably share the stage with many other plants in the this striking Columbine.

Purple Lupine Purple ALlium
And these fabulous Alliums and Lupines.

Orange King Iris
I'm not overly fond of orange, but I know a lot of people for all you orange lovers out there...this one is for you!

swingtown 2
A little more to my liking...the rich purple of 'Swingtown'.

Unchain My Heart
For you, Grace, 'Unchain My Heart'.

Social Graces
I pretty much love this one...'Social Graces'.

Social Graces v
Seriously, that color, those ruffled edges...sigh.

Grand Canyon Sunset
I still can't decide if I like the color pairing of 'Grand Canyon Sunset'...yeah, the jury's out on this one.

Sentimental Rose bud
Other, I loved unconditionally, like 'Sentimental Rose' in bud...

Sentimental Rose
...just opening...

Sentimental Rose 5
...and fully in bloom!

Purple White Bicolor
A similar bi-color with wider, more flared petals.

'Rio' is another odd color combo...not even sure how I'd describe it...but I kinda like it!

Purple Columbine profile
Time for another breather from the Iris onslaught...lovely purple Columbine!

PInk and Purple Columbine
A rich raspberry red Columbine.

Purple Allium
More amazing Alliums!

purple and peach iris 3
I sort of like this Iris...but the purple may be a touch too punchy with the soft pink.

Pinky Iris a sip of cool strawberry lemonade on a hot, summer day!

pink iris 2
Love this one...a color that plays well with everything!

Peach Iris
Peach is that odd color that shifts so easily into other tones...this is just about perfect.

Paul Black
I love this one, 'Paul Black'...I adore the rich purples with orange beards.

No Other Love 9
This was one of my favorites on this particular day, 'No Other Love'...there is just something wonderful about that mix of colors.

No Other Love 6
Those luscious peach standards and those falls splashed with grapey purple.

No Other Love 3 it!

mysery purple love
I wish I'd gotten the name of this beauty.

Not For Sale Iris Bed
Sadly, the folks at Schreiner's are needlessly cruel...they have several beds of Iris that are un-named varies, labeled only "NFS" (Not For Sale). Of course...I wanted THOSE Iris the most!

NFS heaven
Purple amazing-ness...wanted it.

Mulberry Iris 5
Apricot and mulberry together...yup, wanted it!

Mulberry Iris 4
Yeah...I really wanted this one!

crimson nfs
A similar pairing...with more reflexed falls.

mauve iris
A wonderful, subtle mauve.

Merlot 2
Another beautiful with merlot-tinted petals.

Oh's good to have some things you can't have, right? 'Diabolique' thinks so...and it would gladly come to live in my garden.

Luscious Purple Bicolor bud
This was one of my favorites on this particular visit...a wonderful purple on purple beauty.

Luscious Purple Bicolor bud & Bloom
So striking in all phases of flowers...I was totally smitten.

Luscious Purple Bicolor 2

Bold Fashion
The softer-colored 'Bold Fashion' scoffs at me.

Allium and LUpine
I really can never get enough purple.

For those who love a good blue, this one is for you!

Cherry Blossom Song
'Cherry Blossom Song' is on the short list of Iris I want for my garden this year...and from the size of the clumps, it's very vigorous!

Deep Blue Iris
WOW...loving this one!

Come away with me
I totally fell in love with this one, 'Come Away With Me'. I think there's a theme here...I was really into the peach/purple combo last year!

Deepest Black
Of course, I'm always a sucker for near-black flowers.

Blowing Kisses v
Especially paired with something light and delicate.

Absolute Star 2
The one Iris I REALLY was obsessed with last year, however, was this new introduction, 'Absolute Star'.

Absolute Star 8
It was just perfect...wonderful color, great form and size. Sadly, being a new introduction, it was $65/rhizome...yikes! I couldn't bring myself to spend that I bought a few others instead...but this year it should be cheaper...and I may just take the plunge :-)

Alliums Iris Seating
I hope you enjoyed this little tour, and if you get a chance, I hope you visit Schreiner's for's amazing...and this is the best weekend to go!


  1. I am so happy to wallow in your iris post. Was just getting ready to put in an order for some photos of the dark beauties, but then you obliged without asking. I'm into the nearly black ones this year for some reason.

  2. Breathtaking! Thank you so much.

  3. Can you believe in all the years I've been in Portland I've never been to Schreiners? I never paid much attention to bearded irises, but "Grand Canyon Sunset", Paul Black and that fabulous orange one just might seduce me into adding a few to the garden. Thanks for the amazing tour!

  4. I'm not much of an iris enthusiast, but this place could convert me!

  5. We all need a good wallow now and then, don't we ;-) Yes...I adore the nearly black ones as well...especially two years ago...that's almost all I bought...this year I tried to do something different :-)

  6. Glad you liked it, Renee!

  7. You should totally go,'s kind of amazing and fulfills that need to waft about if a field of blooms ;-) I new I'd get a few people with that orange one ;-)

  8. I think it could convert almost anyone, Jason :-D

  9. Wow! Okay I'm beginning to get the idea on iris. I've slowly added a few for the spring color and to make up for not growing Tulips in Texas. Now I see I should add them for the fun of it. I especially like the dark ones and that unnamed purple right after 'Cherry blossom song' is perfect.

  10. How do you make choices in a place like that?! I feel paralyzed by indecision (and budget) every time I look at the Iris catalog I recently received. My Iris were disappointing this year (too little water, I think) but that doesn't stop me from planning to acquire more for next year's spring garden.

  11. Yes, Shirley...that's the spirit...isn't that one a beauty!

  12. It's so true, Kris...there is an overwhelming variety of Iris out there...I sometimes spend WAY too much time on the Schreiner's website...trying to find the perfect one :-)

  13. Jenni @ RainyDayGardenerMay 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Scott. I can't read your blog anymore. Seriously..the plant lust! Good grief, I only want to grow iris now. sigh. Your amazing photos show exactly why iris are royalty in the garden.

  14. It's a very colourful tour Scott, amazing display! Iris is making a huge splash here this year.

  15. Fabulous! Most of the iris in my garden were ordered from Schreiner's, but I haven't been able to get to the display gardens. What a fun visit, thanks for sharing with all of us who are too far to attend ourselves.

  16. This place is just amazing. A colorful delight for the senses! wow

  17. Hi! Your love of irises is contagious! Now, I will not see them as before. Thank you for those truly beautiful photos. I was travelling.

  18. Oh Scott, they're all gorgeous! How do you narrow the list? I'd want to bring them all home! Some year I'll get down there to see Schreiner's in person. Until then, your beautiful annual tour will have to do!

  19. Donna@Gardens Eye ViewJune 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    OMG Scott....I would be there yearly too and would have a carload every year....I adore so many of the flowers especially the goodness I will add this spot to my list of must see spots when I ever get out your sorry I can't make it to the Fling as I really wanted to see Portland!

  20. Barbara Phillips-ConroyJune 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    That is worth getting on a plane and flying across the country to see. How absolutely beautiful. I can't believe that in your neck of the woods the iris, the alliums and the lupins all bloom at the same time. For us, they're all separate events - how delightful that their blossoms collide - one more reason to live where you do!

  21. Donna@Garden Walk Garden TalkJune 5, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Love the variety and combinations, your photos are wonderful and this place should buy them from you. I too love iris, and would like to get that blue one.

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  24. Love it, also Ominous Stranger! Sadly not available around here. Still curious to know which one you ordered for your garden. ;)