Ted Baker’s Iris

It was so overwhelming, I didn’t know where to start.  It was my equivalent of a candy store. Where to look first?

Ted Baker's iris bed 01
Ted Baker’s iris bed

Our garden club was visiting Ted Baker’s garden on Saltspring Island.  He likes iris.  A lot.

Inside the Iris Societies BC & Canada, he’s a celebrity.  He was instrumental in bringing the 2011 American Iris Society national convention to Vancouver Island.  What a treat to explore his garden!

Who knew there were so many variations of iris?  It was a kaleidoscope of exotic blooms & colors.  With names for each plant, it was an enthusiast’s dream.

It’s too much to try to show you everything.

“Focus – Focus!” I thought to myself, entering Ted’s main iris field.  I decided to concentrate on a single theme.

Yellow.  I like Yellow, it’s a happy color.  So, get ready, here’s only a ‘Baker’s dozen’ of Ted’s 250+ bearded iris.   See if you think the name matches the flower.

iris - golden ecstasy
iris – golden ecstasy
photo by SVSeekins
iris - dazzling gold
iris – dazzling gold
photo by SVSeekins
iris - leading light
iris – leading light
photo by SVSeekins
iris - pirates quest
iris – pirates quest
photo by SVSeekins
iris - catalyst
iris – catalyst
photo by SVSeekins
iris - aura light
iris – aura light
photo by SVSeekins
iris - tour de France
iris – tour de France
photo by SVSeekins
iris - Mexican holiday
iris – Mexican holiday
photo by SVSeekins
iris - pirate ahoy
iris – pirate ahoy
photo by SVSeekins
iris - crackling Caldera
iris – crackling Caldera
photo by SVSeekins
iris - dream team
iris – dream team
photo by SVSeekins
iris - solar fire
iris – solar fire
photo by SVSeekins
iris - sunny and warm
iris – sunny and warm
photo by SVSeekins

The morning visit to Ted’s garden was fun.  It certainly proved there was more to iris than those delightful purples that still grow (un-tended) in Mom”s & Grandma’s gardens.    Which do you grow in your garden?

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Grape Trellis

The grape-vine was a delightful bonus for us when we first moved to the Richmond house.  By summer it would look so exotic & lush.  Granted, its position was precarious as it was planted tight against the far right corner foundation of the car port – – the car port we’d marked for demolition.

the car port (grape far right)
photo by SVSeekins

We needed a garage.  We hoped to keep the grape-vine.

We kept the foundation.  The grape survived the big build.

grape vine survives the garage build (grape far right)
photo by SVSeekins

It even flourished when C set about growing tomatoes.  Roots had made their way into the tomato bed. The grape-vine appreciated the regular fertilizer & watering.

tomato bed spring 2007
photo by SVSeekins

Then last spring we decided to extend the garage & add an extra floor above.

Again, there would be massive demolition.

We’d try to save the grape from the perils of the construction.

grape vine spring 2011
photo by SVSeekins
vine on fence / woodshed roof
photo by SVSeekins

This entailed delicately removing the vine from the building, and laying it on the rooftop of the fence / woodshed … before the garage was torn down & rebuilt.

I worried about the grape-vine baking on the asphalt shingles through the hot summer.  I worried about it being inadvertently damaged during the demolition, framing & stucco phases of construction.  I worried that it would be blown away during the wicked winter winds.

This spring we rushed to put the vine back in place while the grape was still in its winter dormancy.

A beam was attached to the wall of the garage with careful attention to protecting the stucco & rain-screen integrity.

placing the first beam
photo by SVSeekins

Posts were secured to the rock wall of the tomato bed.  A 2nd beam spanned the posts.

the 2nd beam
photo by SVSeekins

Cross beams were trimmed to size to hold the 2 longer beams parallel.

the short cross beams
photo by SVSeekins

Adding more side beams brought a recognizable shape into form.

the trellis develops
photo by SVSeekins

The grape-vine was delicately maneuvered into it’s upgraded position just in time for spring buds.

re-positioning the grapevine
photo by SVSeekins

Now fingers are crossed in hopes the grape-vine has survived & will provided exotic lushness to the courtyard again this summer.

Enerfab Carpentry did a pretty nice job, don’t you think?

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