It’s moving in the garden right now in Spring with all the running, jumping and climbing’s poetry in motion

A spring garden is truly “poetry in motion”, when you see all the running, jumping, and climbing happening right now in mine.

The walking iris (Neomarica gracilis) are stepping out in fine form, looking a bit like a cross between an iris and an orchid (also called a poor man’s orchid). The graceful flowers don’t last long, but they continue through the spring and summer and are one of the least demanding beauties around. Because of its habit of propagating itself, the iris appears to “walk” throughout the garden as it fills the area with additional plantlets. When the new plantlet is formed at the tip of the flower stalk, it bends to the ground and takes root and the new plant repeats the process, giving the illusion of moving about as it spreads. It’s also called the fan iris for the fan-like growing characteristic of its leaves and also has been referred to as the Apostle plant because there are usually 12 leaves in a fan, and most Neomarica will not bloom until the plant has all 12.

Equally moving are the happy little violas or Johnny Jump ups, springing into life in colorful profusion. A weekly feed of liquid seaweed and regular dead-heading will keep these jumping in the sun for weeks.

And the lovely climbing mandevilla laxa, also known as the Chilean jasmine, is lifting hearts and minds. I made the mistake of putting mine in too much sunshine, where it struggled,  but now it’s moved to a shadier spot, it’s shooting onwards and upwards.

A moving sight all round. It is truly poetry in motion