It's that time of the year for one of my favorite flowers. I was very excited last week when I saw the first delivery of Bearded Irises at the McEvoy Ranch Ferry Building shop. Having grown up in northeastern Pennsylvania, I rarely saw this classic beauty unless it was flown in from another state.
The irises are grown in the organic gardens of McEvoy Ranch. I've been informed by Willow Ringer, one of the many hard working employees at the ranch, that more Bearded Irises will be delivered tomorrow and in the coming weeks. She also works at the Ferry Building shop. Talk about multi-tasking, but that's another story.
While doing some research on this flower, I discovered some interesting facts. Did you know know the French monarchy selected the Bearded Iris as their emblem, Fleur-De-Lis. The name, Bearded Iris, refers to the little fuzzy hairs emerging from the petals, known as falls, that hang down. The petals that reach up are known as standards.
This flower also comes in various colors except true red. From blues, whites, pinks, and my favorite color, dark burgundy.
So, if you're in the market for a colorful flower with strong stems, I recommend you come early to the Ferry Building shop. Usually, the pickings are slim by late Saturday afternoon.