Tight Lipped Tuesday #13 (or The Iris Witch Trials)

Earlier this week Wild Daffodil posted about some brown and purple iris in her garden and said they were ugly and looked like witchy flowers – even posing some in a cauldron.Β  I said I had some a little like those and some fully brown ones and she said yuk – or something similar – so I said I’d show her a photo (or two).

So, in defence of oddly coloured Iris varieties, I present






If I ever change my mind though, I have the cauldron ready.





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  1. #1 by kathyreeves on May 21, 2019 - 14:26

    Bronze beauties they are! I bought one called Huckleberry Fudge, but it hasn’t bloomed….too close to the mower I think!

    • #2 by tialys on May 22, 2019 - 08:58

      What a great name – you’ll have to be a bit more careful with the mower in future.

      • #3 by kathyreeves on May 23, 2019 - 02:34

        I planted it to far out in the border between us and the neighbor, and he mowed,mImthink!

  2. #4 by katechiconi on May 21, 2019 - 14:32

    I have to say, I absolutely love that first amber-coloured one, it looks as if it’s made from taffeta and velvet πŸ™‚

    • #5 by tialys on May 22, 2019 - 08:59

      They do don’t they? I love the colours against the emerald green of the weeds foliage behind.

      • #6 by katechiconi on May 22, 2019 - 09:26

        You could have missed out ‘weeds’ and we’d have been none the wiser… They’re really lavishly beautiful and have nothing at all to do with the word ‘brown’.

  3. #7 by Laurie Graves on May 21, 2019 - 14:38

    Too funny! And, I can’t help myself. I like those oddballs.

  4. #9 by Lynda on May 21, 2019 - 16:02

    I love beards on flowers and chickens. I admire them on men too, but they must be well kept! Your bronzed iris would be my favorite. Its coloring is robust.

    • #10 by Wild Daffodil on May 21, 2019 - 21:25

      HaHa! πŸ™‚ Funny! Hurray for well kept beards of all varieties!

  5. #11 by nanacathy2 on May 21, 2019 - 16:49

    Aren’t they just lovely. I am getting very worried by some of my favourite bloggers, you all seem to have cauldrons.

    • #12 by katechiconi on May 21, 2019 - 16:54

      I must not be a favourite then, I only have a 46-pint pressure cooker for bottling stuff. Or does that count? I’d be sad to think I was missing a trick in the witching stakes!

      • #13 by Wild Daffodil on May 21, 2019 - 21:28

        Now a 46 pint pressure cooker …. hmmm … I’m sure there can be a whole lot of spells cooked up with that! It must surely qualify as an honorary cauldron

      • #14 by katechiconi on May 21, 2019 - 23:38

        That’s what I thought… And speedy, too, for the busy modern witch.

      • #15 by Wild Daffodil on May 22, 2019 - 00:12

        And the busy modern witch needs all the help she can get πŸ˜‰

  6. #16 by CurlsnSkirls on May 21, 2019 - 19:48

    I’m enjoying seeing all the irises in any colour as they’re totally absent from landscape here. Did not know some are scented. But oh my, oh, myβ€”caldrons… not in me remit!

    • #17 by tialys on May 22, 2019 - 09:03

      I didn’t know either and my garden has a lot of iris – a lot of them growing ‘wild’ up the hill – so I’m going to have a proper sniff today.

      • #18 by CurlsnSkirls on May 22, 2019 - 14:27

        Eager to hear complete analysis, by colour perhaps? πŸ‘ƒπŸ½ (supposed to be a nose, in case it looks too weird)

  7. #19 by thecontentedcrafter on May 21, 2019 - 20:26

    They are all so pretty – and I rather liked WD’s bronzed affair too but was too afraid to say so in case she popped me in her cauldron too πŸ˜€

    • #20 by tialys on May 21, 2019 - 20:43

      I think WD is a kind, white witch so you didn’t need to worry. 😊

  8. #22 by Wild Daffodil on May 21, 2019 - 21:33

    Classy cauldron! And those irises are magnifi-cent …… speaking of which (witch) do they have a scent?
    That brown is definitely a much more friendly hue than my nasty bunch, which have now turned inky black in the vase – I don’t trust them!

    • #23 by tialys on May 21, 2019 - 23:06

      I’m not aware of any scent – I’ll try to get more up close and personal tomorrow without a camera in front of me and have a big sniff.

  9. #24 by Nanette on May 21, 2019 - 22:02

    I’d love a cauldron. A neighbour has a beauty in his yard but didn’t want to part with it a year or so ago. He’s in palliative care now, I keep wondering if it might be insensitive to ask if I can have it now!!?
    I love all the irises, bit hot for them here, but I’d have any colour if I could grow them.

    • #25 by tialys on May 21, 2019 - 23:09

      Ooh, difficult.

      • #26 by Nanette on May 22, 2019 - 00:39

        Don’t think I’m b**lsy enough!

  10. #27 by craftycreeky on May 21, 2019 - 22:33

    I think I need to look out for some of these for my Amber & Amethyst garden, lovely colours πŸ™‚

    • #28 by tialys on May 21, 2019 - 23:07

      Yes, they’d be perfect wouldn’t they?

  11. #29 by KerryCan on May 22, 2019 - 12:04

    I think they’re quite lovely, especially the bronze ones. I don’t much care for purple and most of my irises are . . . purple. I need to get more exotic!

  12. #30 by nottaholiday on May 23, 2019 - 05:53

    Celebrating the return of “burnt orange” into the palette. It was the domain of caravan interiors for many years, but seems to have had a renaissance.

    • #31 by tialys on May 29, 2019 - 09:35

      I remember those caravan interiors from my childhood – the colour looks much better in the open air.

  13. #32 by Dartmoor Yarns on May 26, 2019 - 16:07

    Not crazy about the brown/ burn orange/mustard palette – will definitely be adding anything of this hue to my cauldron.

  14. #35 by dezertsuz on June 2, 2019 - 14:23

    Iris has never been a favorite of mine, but these are quite lovely, and I might like the bronze ones more than the mix. Thanks for sharing – great cauldron!

    • #36 by tialys on June 3, 2019 - 12:23

      I like the bronze ones too – they are very abundant, flowering away like mad at the moment.

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