By Bryce Williamson
White. A color so important in the garden and so often ignored. I would shock people when giving judges’ training with the idea that the two most important colors in the iris garden were yellow and white. I stick to that position—yellow bring a shaft of sunlight into the garden and whites are…
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, sacrifice and a love of what you do.” – Pele
Greetings fellow Iris enthusiasts,
At Schreiner’s Gardens we strive to put a smile on your face when you open a box and see large, healthy rhizomes, every one you ordered. Whether buying a car or a box of iris, the product garners the attention. Usually one barely gives a thought to the workers who make it happen.
In spite of our best efforts, our iris refuse to jump out of the ground on their own and sort themselves, on the way to their destination. Talented and dedicated employees are necessary. Every organization has to have people to be depended upon. Schreiner’s Gardens is fortunate to have top quality employees, men and women, who have worked decades here. They do anything and everything: answer phones and the mail, provide the best customer service, dig and ship iris rhizomes, prepare and maintain our beautiful display gardens, transplant our crop, and service our vehicles and machinery. Pictured in our print catalog are the friends and employees whom we entrust with the most vital tasks.
Just as it’s a thing of beauty to see an orchestra perform in concert, an onlooker can come away with a similar reaction watching our crew. They are very good at what they do. There’s little doubt that they care. Even in extremes of weather, there’s a ready smile. So the next time you open that box of iris, remember our staff behind the scenes, whose mission is to satisfy YOU.
Our catalog features our new introductions for 2017, as well as 30 additional varieties from outstanding hybridizers. Iris offer tremendous variety of incredible color, from the early-blooming dwarf to the late-blooming tall bearded, to the slender elegance of the beardless iris. Within the narrow confines of a city lot, or stretched along an entire side yard, colorful iris lift your spirits each spring.
Finally, 2017 heralds a new chapter for Schreiner’s Gardens. We have accepted the opportunity to offer renowned hybridizer Mr. Bill Maryott’s beautiful, modern Daylilies to our customers – another hardy and easy to grow perennial Look for more information on our website. As always, we thank you for choosing Schreiner’s Iris Gardens.
Ms. Holland Spicker has once again assembled a perfect planning guide for companions in your Iris bed, this time for the pinks, reds and purples. Her use of collages of color and plants makes planning your decorative garden, and your next order of plants, super simple.
You might also take a peek at our Bearded Iris planting guide pages found on our website.
The Schreiner Family
By Susanne Holland Spicker’RED SKIES’ (Ghio ’07)”The garden: Where inspiration and creativity begins and it never ends”This time of year I like to pause and evaluate the previous gardening year. By now in zone 6 the irises have been divided or transplanted into new areas. Perennials were planted in the fall. Poor performers have been moved…
With Iris bloom season at hand, enthusiasts un-sling their cameras to capture the quickly passing blossoms. What to do with all the images? How to categorize them, label them, view them easily in the dead of winter for a quick pick-me-up? Susanne Holland Spicker has written a very fine piece on World of Irises describing her method of accomplishing this task. Click here to read this very helpful article.
~The Schreiner Family
Bloom Season has at last arrived! Our 10-acre display garden has really taken off with the sunshine and warm weather our area has experienced this week. If you live locally (anywhere in the Pacific Northwest really), be sure to plan a visit to our Display Gardens during the month of May.
Kicking off Iris bloom season excitement is our Fresh Cut Iris Bouquets delivery. We package one dozen cut stems of tight buds and ship them via overnight delivery. We offer this for a few short weeks only. If you order through May 7th, we can guarantee delivery by May 9th, just in time for Mother’s Day!
Friday, May 9th we officially open our gift shop, plant sale and flower show. We’ll toast the occasion with a tasting from Elixir Liqueur, from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, May 10th and 11th, we’ll keep the toast going with wine tasting from Methven Family Vineyards from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 11th, Mother’s Day, we offer a free cut Iris stem to all mothers 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Last minute gift shopping happily accommodated in our Gift Shop, offering unique and lovely Iris-themed gifts and home decor and more.
May 24th, 24th, and 26th, 2nd Annual Artist Fair 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
May 31 & June 1, wine tasting with Tartan Cellars
Visit our bloom season events pages for all the details, or call our office if you have questions.