Welcome to Jubilee Gardens!
We sold our gardens in 2021. I am still growing iris and daylilies, but not for sale. Enjoy the pictures of the beautiful plants we have grown. Many are registered award winners (See Award Winners above). Jubilee means "season of rejoicing"! Any time beautiful flowers are blooming is truly a season for rejoicing! Thank you for visiting our web page.
For the Love of Iris
by Judy Tapio
We till, we plant, we fertilize.
We lime, we weed, we fungicide.
We ward off bugs and voles and more.
We order our kids to play next door.
We lose some tags and break some stalks.
We cry when we find signs of rot.
We cover our buds when there is frost.
We do what it takes, whatever the cost.
We pray through rain, through wind, through hail.
We wait, we beg, we must prevail.
When finally we see those blooms.
Our hearts do a leap, we act like loons!
Some blooms delight, while others amaze.
Many we find have got the wrong names!
Once they're through, we search for more.
We pick new ones to come to our door!
We've got it bad, we're hooked of course,
But there are habits so much worse!
Some say iris grow easily,
But we see that so differently.
A few days of beauty that makes us all smile,
Makes all that work seem so worthwhile!
So, all this effort - what's the source?
It's all for the love of iris, of course!
How Do I Choose a "Good" Iris or Daylily???
It's pretty much impossible for a gardener to know how to choose a good plant by just looking at a picture. It may look beautiful, but does it grow well, bloom well, stand up to various conditions, etc? For some help, go to our section "Award Winners" on the menu at the top of this page. There are six lists:
1) Dykes Award winners - best Iris voted each year by judges
2) Wister Award winners - top three Tall Bearded Iris voted for
each year by judges
3) 100 Most Popular Tall Bearded Iris voted for each year by
every day gardeners who are members of the American Iris
4) Iris Hall of Fame - Iris that are among the top five vote-getters
for three out of five consecutive years in the "America's
Choice" poll. There are currently 30 iris in the Hall of Fame.
5) Stout Medalist winners - best day lily voted by judges each
6) Lennington Award winners - best performing day lily over a
wide geographic area voted each year
We haver grown most of these award winners.