We went to see the Laking Garden irises this morning, not realizing it was going to be so hot. Why do I never check the weather?
It was 31 degrees in the shade, my friends, and the Laking Garden is laid out like an English garden – very open and very sunny!
But it was beautiful!!!
We knew the irises were blooming but were completely surprised by the tree peonies. The front entrance was covered with pink, white, red, and yellow blooms.
The irises blew us away. Everyone’s used to the typical purple variety found in most gardens but the colors here were incredible. The collection contains at least 1068 types of iris of which over 600 are of the tall bearded class. The Tall Bearded collection shows breeding trends from the 1920’s to the present day featuring both heritage and modern cultivars. There are also Standard Dwarf Bearded irises and Intermediate Bearded Iris.
You will also find Siberian, Spuria and a modest selection of Species Iris. The genus Iris is thought to contain up to 300 species of which nearly all are distributed in temperate Northern hemisphere zones. They are found mainly in semi-desert or cold rocky mountainous areas of Eurasia and Asia but can also be found along grassy slopes, meadowlands and riverbanks. The Blue Flag Iris is a native wildflower of Ontario and grows in wet areas.
There were also some nice shady sections in the garden to escape the heat. It looks like the hostas here will be quite lovely this summer.