Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees & flowers, & honeybees. Gardening for peace of mind.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Iris and herb bed
NOID from Tennessee
The iris and herb bed. Most of the newest heritage irises are yet to bloom. They do have buds. I think they are later blooming, and smaller, because they were planted this Spring. Next year they should be a bit bigger. It's nice to see them blooming the first Spring.
Loreley heritage iris. 1909. Sweet fragrance. The flower itself is floppy. The color pattern on each petal is different. This was from Iris City Gardens. Planted last summer.
Iris germanica. This was planted this spring. 1500. From Old House Gardens, planted this spring. Fragrant.
NOID from Iris City Gardens. Date unknown. Not fragrant.
I plan to start a second raised bed for heritage irises and favorite ones, especially scented, and herbs. Then these in mixed beds and the kitchen garden will have a better spot.
Los Coyotes. Not a heritage variety. I like the form and colors. Like many modern irises, it flopped over in the rain. No fragrance. I do like the flower but not the flopping. Haven't decided if it will be in the iris bed or I might give it to Ning for his iris border.
Iris florentina. 1500. Nice scent. Smaller than I expected, but it was planted this spring. Maybe next year it will be larger. from Old House Gardens.