I absolutely love Iris of any kind. White, purple or Siberian or Bearded Iris – it doesn’t matter to me – I adore them. I’m sure you know this by now, but I always feel like I get more bang for my buck when I use a whole bunch of the same type of flower in my flower arrangements – especially when I pick up flowers from the grocery store, like I did with these ones. I had 5 bunches (of 10 stems each) that I split amongst two large arrangements for the kitchen and the library. I’m gearing up to attend Northwest Connecticut’s garden event of the year. This coming weekend is the Trade Secrets Rare Plants and Garden Antiques Sale and Garden Tours. I always find the weekend quite inspirational, but the garden tours often leave me longing for a winning lotto ticket and a legitimate landscaping budget. This year will be extra tough being that I am looking at leaving our pretty garden in Connecticut behind, and staring down a disaster of a yard in the Palisades.I did okay at The Country House – chipping away at a project or two each Spring and Summer. I am becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the garden (or lack there of!) at the New Old Stone House. It is pretty clear that no one touched it for years. There were a handful of Daffodils early this Spring, and now random Peony plants, Stock, Lily of the Valley and Bleeding Hearts are popping through the grass and pachysandra – but there is absolutely no organization to the garden – and there is a TON of poison ivy and onion grass. I’d like to save and reuse as much of the plantings as I can, but whenever I spend time meditating on the garden it feels like it would be better to take a back hoe to all of it and start from square one! Little by little, right?I’ll post photos to my instagram on Saturday and Sunday during the Trade Secrets show – keep your eyes peeled to #TradeSecretsCT and #TradeSecretsGardenTour for inspiration!