Iris Binge on April 03, 2021 Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps Note to self: buy more Iris bulbs this autumn. Just A Bunch Of Flowers Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps Comments Kris PetersonApril 3, 2021 at 12:40 PMEach and every one is lovely but I was especially tickled by the one growing between the crack in the stepping stones. I've accumulated a lot of the Dutch Iris over the last several years and the Pacific Coast Iris also seem happy here, although with a single exception I've somehow managed to end up with the same variety all over. I've been less successful with bearded Iris but this year I'm making more of an effort to give them the water they need during their growing period. Next fall, I want to try the dwarf Iris reticulata. Have you ever grown those?ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 3, 2021 at 1:48 PMNo, have not tried reticulata. They seem so petite. I like the Dutch Iris because they are so easy, about 500% easier than tall bearded which require leaf-grooming and frequent (every 3 years) dig ups/replants. Dutch--cut to the ground when the leaves start to die back and done for the year. It's probably time to thin/move some of the bulb colonies, after 15-20 years. The TB iris foliage looks good hiding the base of roses, but they spread too fast. I read the Pacific Coast will grow in considerable shade, would like to try them under the Oak tree. Maybe this autumn I'll look for some. The ones between the steppers--originally there was a few in the planting bed next to the stepper-space, then new bulbs started to appear in the stepper space. I removed as many as I could and planted them elsewhere, but missed one. There was one, now there are four.DeleteRepliesReplyReplyLisa at GreenbowApril 4, 2021 at 5:28 AMGorgeous irises. I too like the renegade between the stepping stones. ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 4, 2021 at 12:28 PMPlants are better designers than I am! DeleteRepliesReplyReplyPhillip OliverApril 4, 2021 at 7:48 AMAll of them are beautiful. I'd like to add more to my garden, especially the dutch iris.ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 4, 2021 at 12:32 PMThey work well in summer-dry climates, so if you have some spots you don't want to have to water, try some there. Winter rain is enough for them. DeleteRepliesReplyReplyJasonApril 4, 2021 at 8:53 AMWow! Just beautiful.ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 4, 2021 at 12:33 PMGlad you liked the pictures. Thanks!DeleteRepliesReplyReplyGerhard Bock (Succulents and More)April 4, 2021 at 4:27 PMI know you have irises in your garden, but every year I'm surprised and amazed by the variety. You should Iris confusa 'Chengdu' from Annie's Annuals!ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 5, 2021 at 12:58 PMI was looking at 'Chengdu'--does it spread a lot? Flowers sure are pretty. DeleteRepliesReplyReplyJaneApril 4, 2021 at 6:42 PMSimply gorgeous, every one. The photo with the renegade-path-growing iris and the very healthy bottlebrush is stunning. Do you know the name of the very last iris? I love its colour.I have only a couple of Dutch iris, but you have encouraged me to plant more.ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 5, 2021 at 11:53 AMHappy you liked the pictures! The last one is 'Eye of the Tiger'. DeleteRepliesReplyReplyNancy in Sun Lakes AZApril 4, 2021 at 7:09 PMI so enjoyed your post. Living in Phoenix I don’t see many Iris of any kind. I wonder if the Dutch ones would work here in shade.ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 5, 2021 at 12:50 PMHappy you liked it, thanks! Not sure if dutch iris can take your higher spring temps or not. They wake up in mid-late autumn, grow in our winter rain, bloom about now, and go to sleep for the summer and early autumn. DeleteRepliesReplyNancy in Sun Lakes AZApril 5, 2021 at 6:48 PMI think I will try. Might have to water in winter some years. Also some years it is cool in April but not the last few. Climate change is really happening in Phoenix!DeleteRepliesReplyHoover BooApril 6, 2021 at 10:46 AMMight as well try. If it is hot you can always pick them right as they open and put them in a vase indoors. They're so pretty! Climate change happening everywhere. We ignore it at our peril. DeleteRepliesReplyReplyluv2gardenApril 5, 2021 at 10:24 AMSuch gorgeous saturated colour. Unfortunately, the Dutch Iris aren't hardy for me but Siberian Iris do really well. There's a ton of new breeding happening so am moving into collection mode.ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 5, 2021 at 12:55 PMThe saturation of the colors, yes, I love that. Here so much bleaches out from our constant sunshine--richer colors of spring are a particular delight. Yes the Siberians are beauties, and new hybrids look particularly so. Enjoy collecting!DeleteRepliesReplyReplyBeth at PlantPostingsApril 7, 2021 at 6:43 PMOh, I like! What a beautiful collection! Looking forward to the iris blooms here in a few weeks. Your photos are stunning!ReplyDeleteRepliesHoover BooApril 8, 2021 at 5:38 PMThank you, Beth, and best wishes for a beautiful Springtime. DeleteRepliesReplyReplyAdd commentLoad more... Post a Comment Always interested in your thoughts. Any comments containing a link to a commercial site with the intent to promote that site will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.