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Iris Time


By AndrewR


The bearded iris are early to flower this year due to the long hot spell here in Bracknell in April.

There are also several non-bearded iris (or clean-shaven iris as my non-gardening friend calls them)

Iris xiphium (Spanish iris)

Iris innominata, a dwarf iris growing from rhizomes

Iris ‘Holden Clough’

And the moisture loving iris chrysographes

The iris sibirica are still to come so May is going to be awash with these beauties this year

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The beardeds are my favourite Andrew, got quite a few here too :-)

9 May, 2011


Haven`t any Irisis, but I do like them.

9 May, 2011


Hopefully if we get a baking summer they should be even better in years to come. I love your clean shaven irises! I think they look like lipstick when the buds first come.

9 May, 2011


I think I like the last one the best Andrew, although they are all very pretty.

9 May, 2011


A beautiful selection....

9 May, 2011


they are lovely ............. i only have 2 or 3 types wud love more , may be one day !!! got loads of blue and yellow and frend gave me tiny alpine type ,,,,

23 May, 2011


hello,can i ask if you have a name for number four as i have this one,I have three now but have no idea about care,if you have any advice that would be great,chris

8 May, 2018


I'm afraid the labels got lost soon after planting so I can't tell you the names (although number 3 is probably 'Jane Phillips'). These are irises that grow from rhizomes, and want full sun and a fairly poor soil. The rhizomes should be planted on the surface of the soil so they get a good baking in the summer (this will promote flowering the following year). After about five years, the rhizomes will become congested and it is time to split them. Immediately after flowering, dig them up and break up the rhizomes, discarding all the old ones and replanting some with leaves attached. You can also cut the leaves back by half at this time to prevent the plants getting blown about by the wind before the roots have had a chance to anchor them again.

8 May, 2018

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