A dozen years ago or so my friend Maryann Roper shared with me several iris that she had brought to North Carolina from her parents’ home in New Jersey. The iris had been dear to her late mother, and I was particularly grateful that Maryann wanted to share them with me. They thrived in my Chapel Hill garden, and I moved a number of them into our new garden here in the Charlotte area.
They are thriving here. The first one bloomed yesterday.
Maryann’s Bearded iris
John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014.
He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
This has a beautiful color. Passalongs are special treats for the garden.
Passalongs from special friends are special.
Beautiful just like Mary Ann!