Viewing Mrs_Ed's Garden Diary: Iris
Thursday, May 19, 2011
First group, in approximate order
NOID south house (rebloomer)
Mme. HC south fence
Pink Plume South house
NOID south house (blue)
Zoning south house
Clarence, north fence
Chickee, north bed
Mme. Henri cayeaux. north bed
Flavascens, North bed
Lent A. Williamson, North bed
Kansas Ingleside (5/21) north bed
Cranapple, North bed
Honorible, North bed
Temporary bed blooms
Mom's white and purple
Karen's NOID white (this may be the same as the rebloomer on the south side of the house.)
NOID yellow with PBF (karen?)
Pink Plume North bed 5/23
Jesse's Song, Temporary bed
NOID purple, next to Mme in North bed
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
From MomZoning, Pale Orchid, green, yellow. Purchased at Hornbakers in 1996.
TB Blue, possibly Missouri.
Yellow Rebloomer from Cindy M. Possibly Total Recall?
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Purple Based Foliage//lfrazer.com/iris/irispbf.html
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Blooming: 2010May 24, two days of 90° temps is really taking a toll on these, blooms are fading fast. All that are going to bloom this year appear to have done so.
May 23: Windsurfer
May 23: Breakers
May 23: Penny a Pinch North
May 22: Wabash
May 21: Changing Times
May 21: Sini (marked as such, but questionable)
May 21: Sunset Sky
May 21: NOID Blue ??? marked What Again, but isn't. by herb bed
May 20: Mom's white and purple
May 20: Pass the Wine
May 20: Penny a Pinch, South
May 20: Jeff's Plicata, North
May 19: Dusky Challenger
May 17: Rosemary's Dream
May 15: Rocket Blast
May 15: Batik
May 17: Eleanor's Pride
May 13: I. pallida (gram's), north
May 11: NOID KaysCamelot Dark purple
May 10: I. pallida (gram's), south
May 10: NOID Purple
May 10: NOID Plicata "Jeff" South
May 6: Kansas Ingleside
May 5: Lent A. Williamson, Honorabile, Chickee
May 4: Mme. Henri Cayeaux in the main bed, Eleanor's Pride, South side
May 2: Cranapple
May 1: Blue-eyed Blonde
April 29: Gram's Mme. Henry Cayeaux
April 27: Gram's South side of fence (2 place)
April 25: NOID Blue SDB
April 25: Cherry Garden
April 25: Florentina
April 24: Snow Maiden
April 21: Boo
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Fall 2009 Historic SwapReceived and Planted (temporary south bed):
Flavescens (also have in North Bed) Tall Bearded, 1813 [[email protected]]
Loreley Border Bearded, 1909 [[email protected]]
Cherry Garden (Bloomed) Standard Dwarf Bearded, 1966 [[email protected]]
Shah Jehan Tall Bearded, 1932 [[email protected]]
Jesse's Song Tall Bearded, 1979 [[email protected]]
Helen Collingwood Tall Bearded, 1949 [[email protected]]
Space Cadet Intermediate Bearded, 1969 [[email protected]]
Romeo Intermediate Bearded, 1912 [[email protected]]
Honorabile (also have in North Bed) Miniature Tall Bearded, 1840 [[email protected]]
Iris Germanica Tall Bearded [[email protected]]
Stitch Witch Standard Dwarf Bearded, 1975 [[email protected]]
Wabash Tall Bearded Iris, 1936 [[email protected]]
Amas Tall Bearded Iris, [[email protected]] (this might be the NOID in my other bed)
Also in this bed: Karen's NOIDs, Mom's white and purple (Rhie Nixe?) and a few unmarked in pots.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
AdditionsAdded a bunch of "Clarence" today from Julianna. These rhizomes were HUGE.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Other IrisThought I better enter some of my previous iris. Eventually this will go in the journal.
Iris Pallida Also called "Clary Candy" in my family for my great grandparents. Some of these from Mom's and some from Gram's
NOID Possibly "Monsignor" from Mom's
NOID Possibly "Mme Henri Cayeaux" or "Lent A. Williamson." From Gram's. Got named samples of both from "Mainer" to compare.
Timeless Moment From Mom's
Eastertime From Mom's
Fresno Calypso From Hornbaker's
NOID We call "Jeff" White and purple plicata with center stripe.
Also Possible or may have died:
Dutch Chocolate from Hornbakers
AnnaBelle Babson from Mom's
Penny a Pinch From Hornbaker's (also added a new Rhz. this summer)
NOID Dark Purple, From Aunt Mary's via Mom.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Iris from WandaClarence [[email protected]]
Hot [[email protected]]
Pink Plume [[email protected]]
Rosemary's Dream [[email protected]]
Sunday, August 10, 2008
New Iris bedI installed a new iris bed today. 40 bags of topsoil and 20 bags of compost. Most of the iris are historics from "mainer." Additionally, some from Hornbakers this year.
Burnt Toffee (Schreiner's 77) Light chocolate flushed lavender; F. richer with blue blaze; beards gold
Sunset Sky (Roe 69) S. yellow; F. phlox purple; B. deep yellow
Windsurfer (Maryott 83) Blue with large white area on falls
Midnight Express (Schreiner 88) Ruffled, dark purple-black; blue-black beards
Penny a Pinch (W. Steinhauer 77) yellow-tan self; deep yellow-orange beards
Sini (S. Dexter 81) Ruffled pink self with bright red-orange beards and a slight fragrance
Echo Madrid (L. Peterson 73) S. soft gold; F. violet; B. yellow.
Rocket Blast (Marsh 75) S. ruffled yellow; F. white with deep yellow edging; B. gold.
Also added from MIttsy
Going My Way White and purple plicata. Planted near "jeff" for possible ID.
Pass the Wine purple/pink [[email protected]den.com]
Florentina (Orris Root) White
Probably Pallida and Monsignor.
Monday, July 14, 2008
From mainerMME Henri Cayeaux from HIPS. Has PBF or purple based fan. [[email protected]]
Honky Tonk Blues TB Dykes Medal winner. blue has PBF. [[email protected]]
Eleanor's Pride historic TB by Watkins powder blue GBF or green based fan. [[email protected]]
Kansas Ingleside by Hillson Reg and Intro 1940 36"ML Frag. Red [[email protected]]
Honorabile MTB by Lemon 1840 24" M Diploid from France and was on AISlack list in 1925. yellow /red [[email protected]]
Blue Eyed Blond IB yellow with purple beard and long bloom season. [[email protected]]
Cranapple BB burgundy velvety red. Has PBF. [[email protected]]
Chickee MTB yellow has PBF. [[email protected]]
Boo historic SDB by L. Markham white with blue spot on falls. [[email protected]]
Lent A Williamson historic TB by Edward Bruce Williamson 1918. 39" EM Often mistaken for MME Henri Cayeaux but it is lighter purple, and I believe GBF. [[email protected]]
Breakers TB medium blue. [[email protected]]
Snow Maiden historic SDB by Susan Chadwick white with green veining , hardy and very early. [[email protected]]
Triple Play recent histoic TB Dk purple plicata. [[email protected]]
Quaker Lady by Farr 1909 TB 34"M Diploid has PBF classic. [[email protected]]
Dusky Challenger TB Dk Purple Dykes Medal winner has PBF. [[email protected]]
Changing Times recent historic Schreiners 1977 white standards burgundy falls. [[email protected]]
Perfection by Barr 1880 24" M Diploid from England. [[email protected]]
Princess Beatrice by Barr 1898 TB 42" M Diploid from England this is a form of i pallida, the best, has a wider flare and the purple varies in shading with each bloom. [[email protected]]
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Iris Division fromFrom LaurieR:
OK, a brief tutorial on the life cycle of rhizomatous irises ...
Each rhizome will bloom only once in its lifetime. In most cases, the rhizome will also produce new baby rhizomes (increases) along its sides. These increases will then mature, bloom, and grow more increases. That's how a single rz becomes an entire clump of rzs in a few years. A large clump will include rhizomes at various stages of development, from tiny baby increases to fully mature, blooming size rhizomes. In many cases, rhizomes will only grow small, stunted leaves in the year that they bloom. After they have bloomed, they might not grow any leaves again at all, though they may continue to produce new increases. Bloomed rzs are often referred to as "mothers" for this reason.
When dividing large clumps, it's preferable (if your planting space is limited) to replant only the largest, unbloomed rzs from the clump. Those are the rzs most likely to bloom the following year. Small increases may be replanted but might take two or more years to mature to blooming size. Mothers may be replanted, but they won't bloom again and may or may not continue to produce more increases.
It's usually quite easy to tell bloomed mothers from unbloomed mature rzs because, as I said, bloomed mothers typically have little or no foliage. Unbloomed, mature rzs will have full, tall leaf fans.
The optimal distance between replanted rzs depends on the garden effect you want and how often you want to have to divide your clumps to prevent overcrowding and its associated diseases (overcrowded clumps are vulnerable to leaf diseases). It's best to allow enough room between rzs so that they can increase and expand for 3 yrs before requiring division. As I stated earlier, you will get the most abundant bloom on 2-3 yr old clumps, so you really want to avoid planting so closely that you'll have to divide every year. You'll just never get an impressive bloom display that way. With tall beardeds, I plant 18-24" apart.
2) First, all irises are not created equal. Some cultivars are so tough and reliable that they'll continue to bloom no matter how they are abused and neglected. The vast majority of them, however, will become so overcrowded that they will strip their soil of essential nutrients and end up choking each other out, or they will be so starved that they simply won't be able to bloom. One of the ways to tell that a clump needs division is when its bloom diminishes. It's not uncommon to find large stands of non-blooming iris on abandoned homesteads. They're still alive, but they simply can't bloom under those neglected conditions.
Yes, your irises look overcrowded to me. Whether or not you originally planted mature rzs is difficult to tell. Even mature, blooming size rzs won't bloom if they aren't receiving what they need in the way of soil nutrients, water, and sunlight.
Undivided, overcrowded clumps are disease magnets. The old mothers eventually die and rot away, but sometimes the rot that eats the mothers will invade the healthy rzs, too, possibly killing off the entire clump.
I don't generally replant old mothers unless they're cultivars of which I have very little and am hoping for additional increase. What do I do with all the extra rhizomes? Give them away or sell them. It just depends on how many and which irises I have available at any given time. Flower gardening neighbors are usually good for taking some freebies. One year I gave hundreds of my extra unknown irises to the local extension service. They then distributed them to area gardeners. Municipal beautification projects are often grateful for plant donations. I always give away irises to garden club members for whom I do iris presentations. Folks here at DG are always eager to pay postage for free irises. In short, it's really not hard to find takers for extra irises.
3) Conventional wisdom is to plant bearded rhizomes so that the tops of the rhizomes are exposed at the soil surface. There is, however, some wiggle room depending on specific growing and climatic conditions. In my severe winter climate, I like to have a bit of soil cover over my rhizomes. I have also been told that it's necessary to cover rzs in hot desert climates to prevent them from baking. In my experience, it's not as important to have the rz actually exposed to the sun as it is to make sure it isn't planted too deeply (no deeper than 1/2").
As far as which direction the rz should be planted, I just don't see as it really matters. Perhaps it might have some influence over the first year, but once the increases start growing, they'll be pointing in all directions, anyway.
4) Mrs_Ed, my iris beds are on a rotating schedule of digging, dividing, and renovating. Every year I dig all of the irises out of one or more beds, then amend and fertilize the bed(s) as necessary before replanting. I have a soil test run on the bed(s) to make sure that I add only the recommended fertilizer(s), plus organic amendments such as alfalfa meal and well composted horse manure.
Regular bed renovation and amendment keeps the soil and plants healthy and happy.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Heritage IrisesThanks to DG members and Plant Guides, I think I might have discovered what our family Irises are.
From the Sapp farm, north side of the granary:
Mme. Henri Cayeux (Confirmed: May 2010)
From Clary Place:
Dark Purple possibilities: Othello, Pioneer, Monsignor
And I think that "Clary Candy" is "Sweet Iris" Iris Pallida.
Possible Matches for "Jeff"
Possible Matches for "Mom's Purple and White"
Purple based foliage. I'll have to wait to see how this blooms in the future, it was small this year as were many from this new planting. Could be: Rhein Nixe or Mrs. Andrist.