Friday, January 3, 2014

German Bearded Iris

For those who may not be aware, I'm a big fan of Irises.  I've even dabbled in hybridizing a little, though nothing worth introducing.  (My most recent cross is Iris lutescens campelli x Iris 'Boo', blooms likely in 2015) German bearded Iris are super easy to grow and very drought tolerant, but don't seem too popular in gardens lately.  They are susceptible to iris borer, but it's a fairly easy pest to prevent.  The other big maintenance chore is division, which they need every 3-5 years to stay full and blooming well.

Since it's so bitter cold out lately, it's hard to think of spring.  Here's a pictorial journey of an iris garden from a few years ago.  Before you ask, I do NOT know any of the names as I didn't write them down.  A shame, I would love to have a few of these.  Enjoy!

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