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Haverhill Has Eyes for Irises

IMG_9686 Haverhill Iris Post

After an utterly dismal day with bad news and sad news, The Heartbeat of Haverhill really needed a pick me up. Haverhill, as it always has,  came through for us in a big way, providing a mind absorbing scavenger hunt and the beauty of wild natural and cultivated flowers.

IMG_9632 Haverhill Iris Post

Plug Pond aka Lake Saltonstall

The irises in my garden are partly a gift from a patch overtaking the world at a friend’s house (thank you Rolan DeLoach Jr of Boxford) and partly a confirmation that THOH cannot pass up a bargain. Several years back as the Haverhill Garden Club  was closing up its annual flower sale, we were offered an extremely discounted price on some plants. So without caring what type I was getting, I picked up a few iris plants, with the hope they’d survive in my briefly lit little plot.

IMG_9705 Haverhill Iris Post



This year, is definitely the year of the iris in my mini garden. The big irises were so stunning I brought out my camera, and then noticed my little irises were such a deep jewel tone that they deserved a photo as well. Next some wild irises we’d seen along the shore at Plug Pond a few days earlier came to mind. Our natural hoarding instinct triggered,  we decided to seek out as many different types of irises as we could find in an hour or so. Along the way we learned that there is a solid brick colored iris (spotted in the Historic Highlands area) and the quest for the elusive pink iris was ended on Primrose St. Plus, the Mobil gas station on Rte 125 in Bradford, had a super lovely array.

IMG_9652 Haverhill Iris Post

A little research revealed some amazing facts – The Iris takes its name from the  Greek word for Rainbow. Irises were prized by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. They are the source of France’s Fleur-de-lis emblem. And the three upright petals stand for Faith, Hope, and Wisdom – all of which are traits THOH hopes to capture along with these photos.

Our minds overtaken by the hunt, it was mere minutes until the worries of the world recessed enough to enjoy the gorgeous views so many lovely Haverhill neighbors offered us today. Thank you, thank you, thank you….smiles took root after viewing your gardens (from the street).



Haverhill Garden Club


(c)Alison Colby-Campbell


9 comments on “Haverhill Has Eyes for Irises

  1. Brain4Rent/THoH
    June 2, 2016

    Reblogged this on Brain4rent's Blog and commented:

    irises are under rated in gardens because they are so willing to grow and flower. Plus if you think irises are only purple….have I got news for you

  2. Roxann carstensen
    June 2, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this….I’ve noticed its a great year for irises!!

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      June 2, 2016

      Thanks for reading Roxanne. I am happy someone else noticed this year’s iris phenomenon.

  3. lynnefavreau
    June 2, 2016

    LOVE! Iris are one my favorite flowers. So easy to grow and propagate. Sadly , I lost quite a few the last couple of years but I have my eye on a few at my favorite growers

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      June 2, 2016

      Lynne I love the minis in the catalog, such great colors. I need more land… black suede, clash, cats eye….lovely and so unique. Thanks for reading and esp commenting

  4. cimbi46
    June 3, 2016

    For the very first time, our garden produced two gorgeous irises! We have been so very excited since we were not sure if any of our plants will survive the weird weather we’ve been having. Thank you for sharing these beautiful flowers with everyone!

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      June 3, 2016

      So happy that you are sharing my awe of the irises this year. and thanks for reading

  5. Mark Armstrong
    June 12, 2016

    What gorgeous photos!– and flowers! I feel truly refreshed. Thanks for sharing, Alison!! : )

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      June 12, 2016

      Always so appreciative to have your drop I to my blog…esp when you have such nice things to say. Thank you Mark!

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