Saturday, May 2, 2009

Morning Magic at Argyle Acres Iris Farm

Morning Magic
24X30, Oil on Canvas
Flower Mound Studio

About 10 miles from Flower Mound is a little town called Argyle, Texas, where you can find some amazing houses and lots of mature trees. I was thrilled to discover a few days ago there is also an Iris farm there - Argyle Acres, owned by Joe and Donna Spears. Today was the absolute last day they are open for the season, so Carlos and I arrived at opening time this morning, me with my new camera in hand eager to capture some colorful flowers to paint!

We parked along the street and followed the signs up the winding road to the Iris farm headquarters! I could hardly believe my luck, we had driven all over Fredericksburg, Texas, last weekend looking for irises and there were none to be found. And here they were, all along, practically in my own neighborhood. (This photo was taken by Argyle Acres farm).

Joe and Donna have won many awards and sweepstakes for their incredible varieties of irises. They work year around to produce these amazing flowers. Joe showed me one iris flower that smelled exactly like root beer, and another one that smelled strongly of grape candy.

Donna is an artist with a green thumb, arranging the flowers in pleasing combinations of color on the display tables. She told me that the green glass vases are required at the shows. The green does not detract from the flowers. Made sense to me! Just like putting an museum quality gold frame on a painting, sometimes the frame competes with the art.

See why I have already put this on my calendar for next year? I cannot believe my good fortune to find them and get to visit on the absolute last day. I think it's those angels pulling strings again. If you love color, and you love flowers, this place is like Disneyworld with no lines and free rides.

I wish I were organized enough to tell you what every type was named, but just taking pictures without dropping the camera or falling over a rock was pretty good for me.

Carlos fell in love with the yellow irises. There may have been 15 different KINDS of yellow irises. It was all a little overwhelming. I felt like I had been granted some magical wish to spend the day here.

My favorite were the purple and blue irises. Look at these gorgeous ruffles. Donna said there were several varieties that bloom twice, and will give you color not only in the spring, but in the fall, too.

Look closely at this intrepid little mountain climber. Gripped in his left feeler is his Bug State Flag. As soon as he gets to the top of that petal, he will plant his flag and wave his little feet around in victory, observed only by God and some strange human with a camera he is unaware of. Next he will sit his little bug butt down and eat a power bar before he starts the trek downhill to Rest Camp 3. He's already imagining all the amazing climbing stories he will wow the lady bugs with.

Mark your calendars for April 2010, the iris season opener for Argyle Acres Iris Farm. I can hardly wait until next year!


Manon said...

Another beautiful painting Nancy! OMG.... what beautiful irises! I'm with you Nancy..... the purple and blue are amazing!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Another beauty from my favorite artist...those iris remind me of vintage ruffledy formals...Southern Belles maybe??
Thanks for the tour...

Angela Elledge said...

Isn't it funny how it's always right under our noses, beautiful flowers and gardens...only you can find them...outstanding painting, too!!!

I need to introduce you to a whole bunch of new artist folks that I just recently had the pleasure of painting with. We plan on getting together in a couple of weeks, hope you, Nancy, & Judy can join us...

L.Holm said...

Wow, Nancy, what a find that place is. Amazing! I love iris. I have a few lavender ones in the garden, but for some reason Callie (our shitzu mix) has decided she loves them, too, and prunes the flowers off for me the minute they bloom.

Beautiful painting, and always a fun blog to visit. :-)

Unknown said...

I love your painting! And your photos of the irises are just stunning - I'm sure we're going to see a lot of irises in your upcoming paintings - can't wait!! And to think - it's just up the road from us!! Very cool!!

Unknown said...

Holey Toledo what a feast for the senses! I'm very envious and now curious about that Iris that smells like root beer. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy , what a beatutiful painting!
And what gorgeous Iris flowers.
We have fields of them here in Oregon and they smell soo good, and so pretty to see acers of them.
We grow some of the grape ones,and yellow ones. I also love the siberian Iris. Have you ever seen them? They are very dainty.
ps Howie and Annie were in the blogie yesterday- Time of our Lives at Emmitts party.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

These flowers are breathtaking, Nancy. The painting ROCKS!
I love the name Flower Mound ;D
Looks like there's a reason for that!

Jean Levert Hood said...

These photos are soooo amazing!! wow! and Pink! I've never seen a pink iris. I would have shot hundreds of photos!

The only place I've seen a good display of iris in Fredericksburg has been at the Herb Farm, the little garden area just in front of the restaurant.

Hugs to the Pugs!