I dont really need the credit.I just convey the means by which others fulfill their vision.When results come I am as thrilled as anyone.
I dont take credit for the sucesses nore the blame for losses. Nature does most of it.
I broadcast some of my poppy seeds around my Astilbies. I have some of those Irises in another location. This was the first that I have planted those. I like them a lot. Going to get some more locally.
The owner, Darlyn Wilkinson, sends big beautiful clumps and they bloom the first year (and subsequent years) for me. The first photo was taken the day they arrived, 4/19/2012, and they all bloomed and have increased substantially for me. I've ordered from her in previous years and doubt there will be a year when I don't place an order with her.
Another terrific place is Eartheart Gardens in Maine. The owner there is Sharon Whitney and she sells fabulous plants and sends huge divisions, unlike many other sellers or vendors who sell plants with the wrong name.
I bought 'Sit Right Down' from Sharon when we visited Eartheart in 2008 and it has increased beyond all expectations and bloomed gloriously this year with so many stalks and so many flowers that it was amazing. Her gardens are where I first saw poppies with JI's and I love her natural approach to gardening. No "soldier straight" lines for her and she IS the hybridizer of many of them!
You're quite welcome. I've received many JI's through friends and businesses but Greywood Farm and Eartheart stand far above the others for quality, number of fans and the soil they're grown in that produces such great plants.
Let me put in a word for Aitkens' Salmon Creek Nursery. I have just recieved 9 new varieties from them. They were very reasonably priced and were healthy looking plants. They have been in the ground for alittle over aweek and are already pusing up new leaves. I have purchased dwarf iris from them in the past and have been very pleased with them.
I think I just bought the last two astilbes in town. I so wanted to try your suggestion about astilbe, poppies and Japanese iris. I am done seed collecting, at least for poppies, for this year. what a pain. I still have seed I want from scabiosa, Love in the Mist, and Cupid's Dart.
Oh Arlene. I will see how they work where I put them this fall. I love astilbes and because our weather is so cool, including our sun, they can grow where they would never grow 'outside.' (outside = lower 48). Just out of curiosity, do you have names for yours, or colors.
Some names, most colors from Visions in Red (dark, short, red/purple), Bridal Veil (white, pretty form), Pumila (late low lavender), Purple Prince (tall light purple here), Rheinland (tall fluffy pink), some other lavenders that really need division and they're about 24" tall.
I am glad I found this conversation. I have a new bed of iris and wanted to interplant columbine with them.
I had also grown poppies in that area and hoped for volunteers for next year.I have seed and will do a controled sow in a spot where the poppies can get as tall as they should.
Here is my question:
Do the annual somnifariums get taller than the TBI's? Are the poppy plants going to be too fully leafed as to distract from the iris?
I love this image from Schreiners #3-#4#5
#2 this is my new iris bed combo with Oberons lavender poppy from this year.
A test patch would be ideal since heights vary so much.
Columbine have smaller faces so I prefer them with irises. I don't want two competing large faces though heads of allium would have a totally different and delightful look and lupines also look good with irises.
Considering your great plants/gardens/photos why not check the dates the somniferum poppies bloom? Seems to me they are more mid to late June when a lot of irises have already bloomed.
I just checked the link and I will weed out any volunteers with the iris,they would be the wrong color anyway and I am sure they will be 5 feet tall. I agree about Bloomtime I just didnt want subsequent poppy growth to interfere with the iris. I cant grow Lupines or fox gloves.
The images from Shreiners( I didnt take them ) are impressive due to the scope and scale of the acreage. The stately lupines just add to the demention.
I also want columbines for interplanting with lilies.
Yours look great with the iris. Nice to see enchanting effect on a smaller scale.
Maybe you could try some astilbe that will work with your irises. The astilbe will want more moisture so plant them with compost and water crystals. That's no guarantee that they won't dry up in a hot June as we had this summer. All of mine dried up fast - the only exceptions were those in shade.
Thanks for the compliment. All we can do is try to replicate what we see and love since not all of us have 20 acres, thankfully!
I love the Eartheart Gardens Japanese iris (and poppy) fields. They were so breathtaking to see in person.
The McKanas are usually sold in a mix which is why you have the different colors.
No the columbine pix are gleaned from the net. Songbird Bluebird is about 26 inches as I read on the site.I dont own them yet.
I had a beautiful McKanas in a pale yellow but it only lasted 3 years and the mild winter killed it.
I sure miss it.
My songbird is still going (almost too) hardily after four or five years. I need a tall sturdy fence to hold it back and up. And it grows where it only gets morning sun. In front of ferns and bleeding hearts. a few feet down the way are Melba Higgins.
I think both McKanas and Songbirds self sow.
Does this mean Songbird is taller than 26 inches?
It drives me nuth when a height given only meand the plant part and the blooms rise another 10 inches above it.Astilbes are often listed that way.
I think 26" is about right and that includes the flower stalks. Could be a few inches taller depending on soil, fert, and sun. I took a tape measure outside and sort of eyeballed where they were and visualized how tall they were. Of course, I put a short 16" fence around them and they still fall over in a huge bunch. Next year I will use a 24". I make fences out of the 4x4" green wire fencing from Lowe's. Comes in various heights like 4 and 5'. I cut some and hook them together to form a drum form and pop them over some plants. I cut the bottom wire off so I have little stakes to push into the ground which works for most things if I get the height right. I cut some 5' tall and about 30" in diameter, then screwed D-rings into the fence behind them, then wired the cages to the fences. These are around my taller stuff like delphiniums, ligularia (pretty self supporting but it controls the leaf splay), hollyhock, etc.Even my troillius which gets to be about 36"+ benefits from some support. Mostly stuff grows through the holes so you really don't notice the cages. Plus I put shorter stuff in front to hide the bottoms and to take over when the taller ones stop flowering.
I guess we will find out. I haven't tried astilbes except around my house or in a fairly shady back spot. I think the trick is frequent water. that won't bother the columbine but night give the iris some problems. I have also found that while the top looks wet for a few inches, it is dry as a bone down below. Due to my meandering watering with the hose rather than deep watering with my walking sprinkler. Course now with the monsoon going on, it's all mud.