|Irises from HIstoric Iris Preservation Society|
|Bearded Iris Bed #3, mostly modern varieties.|
The varieties were:
Los Angeles 1927.
California Blue 1929. From the HIPS site: "From The Iris City Gardens catalog for 1940: "...vigorous...long blooming season... well branched and early. Rich bluish violet with a glowing beard. It is the most delightfully fragrant which we know. 4½ feet."
Gay Geisha 1959.
Frost and Flame 1956.
The substitution was Bourree, for Beverly Sills. Bouree is described at "Nola's Iris Garden" as " 1984... 35½ inches... light lavender and the falls are white ground with ¼" petunia purple plicata band and speckles at hafts; lavender beard tipped bronze; ruffled; sweet fragrance."
|Bearded Iris Bed #2, mostly historic varieties.|
|Irises among the peppers. Bearded Iris Bed #3.|
I did rearrange one variety. At the back of Bearded Iris Bed #1, was "Eleanor Roosevelt" - which is a small variety, and has been shaded by a Buddleia plant that grew way out of bounds. The Buddleia will be moved this fall. Meanwhile, I pulled the last of the Swiss Chard, and planted "Eleanor Roosevelt" in Bearded Iris Bed #2, at the front.
Meanwhile, the marigolds and sweet alyssum have both been overgrowing their places as narrow edging. Very nice, but crowding the irises. So I pruned the plants, and fed to the chickens. They seem to like sweet alyssum plants, but were wary of the marigolds. Oh well. I was hoping the yellow petals would translate to darker yellow yolks.
Bearded Iris bed #3 was meant to be modern varieties. I did not have room in beds #1 and #2, so a few historic varieties went into Bed #3. I don't have to be rigid about what goes where. At some future date, I can trade - remove a couple of modern varieties from #1 and #2, and replace them with the old
There are some chili pepper plants in Bed #3. They will grow until frost, which is plenty of time for the new rhizomes to establish and start to grow.