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Tall Bearded Iris

This is a discussion on Tall Bearded Iris within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; There's a family-run business in the Pacific Northwest that sells the most stunning tall bearded ...

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    There's a family-run business in the Pacific Northwest that sells the most stunning tall bearded iris. Spikes can be up to 40" tall, producing 8-12 flowers that are 5-7"! I had some at my old house, but didn't know where I'd be moving, so when I sold the house I didn't bring any along with me. Last summer I broke down and bought some more rhizomes.

    They ship in July for this part of the country, since that's when they need to be planted. Then you wait for a year. Well, they've just begun blooming and they're simply spectacular. I have 9 different colors, that will bloom over a period of about a month. These are the early ones.

    The pics aren't the greatest - it's been raining here for forty days and nights. I'll try and post more as the various guys bloom. Tom, my black cat, thought you might like to see his butt!

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    Lovely - can't wait to see the apricot(?) colored one in bloom...

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    Aren't bearded Iris the best, I don't think that I can grow them down here, but had some beauties in MD. Do any of them have a fragrance? The first one is out of this world. Who's tail is that in Pic #2?
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    What a bunch of beauties!!!

    I do think the blue one gets lost with the background though, so you better send that here... it'll look lovely against a sandstone background

    and Tom's funny

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    Thanks all! Yes, Cin, they are fragrant. It's not a light scent, either. I was working outside yesterday and you could really smell it throughout the garden.

    The rain did a number on some of the blooms. There's a dark burgundy one on the other side of the house that's also blooming. I'm waiting for some newer buds to open to get a nice pic of that one.

    Here are a few other shots I snapped. The Siberian iris are out, with a peony in the foreground and the horseradish in the background of the first picture.

    The Siberian iris are interspersed with lilies all along the house, as you'll see in the second and third photos. Coreopsis is on the right along the stone wall (in the third.) And several types of sedum have really taken root along the top of the wall.

    In the fourth shot, you'll see Tom, my black cat who owns the rear-end you saw before, Cin. He follows me around on the wall while I work (or take pictures.) That's the cabernet-colored iris to the right of Tom. The four I planted on that side of the house get sun only until noon. The ones in the front get full sun, so they're a bit further along.

    Both the warm weather and the flowers are so welcome this time of year!

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    Julie, those are wonderful. I love how everything is so perfect and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these photos with us!! (IS that an herb garden box in the last photo?)

    Cheers!
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    Good eye, BD!

    That is an herb garden in the box. The flower box sits on the backside of a shed/garbage can hideaway. There once was a cellar exit there, which is why the back half of the shed is only half-height. The back part of the shed is unused space now, but it's a superb prop for the flower box (which sits right outside my bedroom window.) It was rebuilt last summer, and now that the pressure treated lumber has cured, it will get painted trim color. (I don't let the troglodyte painters near the place once plants start blooming. They actually used paint thinner on my lilies last summer after they dripped paint on them - argh!)

    I like to plant herbs in it, but always finish the rows with some annual to provide cheerful color throughout the summer. The winter was mild here, so most of the herbs came back in strength. I took the rosemary in, because I wanted a specimen sized bush. But it got pissed off and died rather quickly. New rosemary planted now. No cilantro this year, only because I forgot I wanted it.

    The top row on the left remains unplanted. I should put grass in there. Tom likes to sleep in that spot, and he crushes whatever is there. The cats remind me that I'm only here to serve them...

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    It is really beautiful. So neat. Please come to Arkansas and help me make my flowerbeds look that nice! I love the splashes of color too! Is it too late to start cilantro? I love the flavor it gives so many foods. The Arkansas tomatoes are beginning to show up in our local stores now. When the onions come it, I am going to make salsa!!

    Cheers!
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    You are way more organized and neater that I am in my gardens, they look wonderful. Your herb garden is beautiful.
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    LOL - the summer is young! Chaos reigns by mid-summer.

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