Japanese irises are one of my favorites and the show has begun despite all of our rain. I did manage to get these photos in the rain. My strange little pseudocarus cross looks better this year than last, so I'm glad I didn't compost it after all.
Please feel free to add your photos as your Japanese irises bloom.
I have them planted all over the place, some like the purple in the first picture are next to a pond. Some are in the wettest spot in the yard (annex) I usually plant the extras there. Some are at the lake front and some line my pathway to the pond. Our property is divided by a road, the house is on the lake side and our garage sits across the street. Because of the pond it is entirely fenced. The entrance to the garden is through a Japanese style doorway. Our soil is clay, which I have been ammending for 50+ years. They are all in full sun. I mulch and fertilize and water when it's dry. Because of the pond and the lake I do not use chemicals that are dangerous.
This morning Henry's White and Anytus both opened but I had to destroy the Anytus blossom to remove the tiny worm that would have burrowed down into the rest of the buds. I thought I'd solved this problem, but it looks like the Neem oil will have to be used again this year. Pink Frost clump shot, white garden shot and Greywoods Persian Dusk.
I think I will wait to see if I can keep the Japanese iris alive that a DG'r sent me. Then think about investing in them. I am thrilled to death that after several years trying bearded iris that I have a few that have come back for two years. Ain't moving them for love nor money!!
A lot of my pictures aren't good and some are good enough that i have spotted little visitors that I missed when I was taking the pictures. Frilled Enchantment. A big thank you to Kathy Jo for trading with me.
1, 2, 3, Frosted Intrigue You may have noticed my tags. Jack gave me the old Green engraving machine when he took early retirement when they (GE) sold his dept to Lockheed Martin/ Martin Marietta) and he bought the machine shop. I have who the plant came from and the year on the smaller tag, and the Name (to the best of my ability) on the other one. The tags are plastic and attached to the wire stake with stainless steel wire. I have a bending jig to bend the "eye" loop into the wire. I no longer have the strength to cut the wire ( in a shear) so we have given the machine shop and all the accompanying extra stuff to our son Rob in KY. I have kept the engraving machine for the time being. It is obsolete in this age of computerized everything, but I just love it. AND the squirrels can't pull the tags out of the ground.
4 Walk Right In
5 Angel Mtn.
Walk Right In, 1, & 2. The color is better on these but not as good as in person.
3, & 4. Cry of Rejoice, we got just a sprinkling of early morning rain, but look how lovely and fresh it made the blossoms.
It was wonderful iris season and I been buzy snapping pics. I'd like to share some of them because they show my very first ensata blooms and very special to me. The plants are 2 y.o. and are grown from seed by me. It's been an interesting journey and I got my rewards!
Thanks, it's so exiting th watch the new blooms open. Yes, it was the first blooming season, I received mixed seeds from a trade here, open pollinated I think. I see a couple of seed pods now so maybe I'll do it again and start the new batch.
Here some more pics, the pinkish one looked really nice to me. I'm thinking about separating and transplanting them to give more space, is it a good idea? sometimes irises won't bloom the first season after transplanting...
In your first picture they look pretty close together. I'd try to remove the center (pink one) plant by digging all around and keeping the soil intact as much as possible. Fill the hole in with good draining ammended soil mixture that will feed the other two clumps. Water it in well. Dig a nice large new hole for the one you dug out and make it extra deep. In the bottom of the hole add some ammended soil, rabbit droppings are good or old manure. Water in well and add your pink plant, adding soil underneath to bring it to the correct surface level. Water well. The absolutely BEST advice I can give you is to MULCH!!! It conserves moisture and keeps down weeds which compete for moisture and nutrients those irises need to flourish. Good luck.
I have a few buds left on one last plant. Basically my bloom season is over. I am cleaning and adding mulch. No iris debris goes into my compost. I am trying to rid my garden of a fly pest that came in with a purchased plant.