I used to love to visit Long's Gardens, an iris farm that had a wonderful variety of flowers. I have since moved away from the area, but while I was close by I added many tall bearded iris to my garden from this wonderful family owned business.
The hidden journaling reads: I first discovered Long's Gardens while working in Boulder. Everyone knew of the iris farm, it was located right next to one of the City's recreation centers. In the spring how could you miss noticing the fields of iris in bloom. It's quite a site. During my many visits it was not uncommon to see an artist sitting in a field painting the live blooms. The family business has been around since 1905 and they couldn't be nicer people. Each time I ordered iris rhizomes for my garden they always included "extras". One year I inquired about a particular tall bearded iris I knew they were trying to propagate. While they did not have any for sale, I did find that one of the "extra" iris rhizomes I received that year was the very tall bearded iris I had asked about. What a thoughtful gesture from a great bunch of people! Long's Gardens is truly a special place.