Jo Ann, it's always nice to find room for those free plants :o)
Hi Doglover! I LOVE your dog! Don't worry about not getting here regular. Just pop in when you can. New pictures are appreciated :o)
Your hostas are HUGE!
Jo Ann, well, now I must see a picture of Chocolate Cherry Dream!
What beautiful gardens she has and what an awesome person/Mom!
Doglover, that's a beautiful iris! Is it an old one I wonder?
It's close to Sass's ''Loreley'' I was just on that website this morning. If the link doesn't work, "Google" Sass iris. I used his autobiography and table of contents. On the upper right page is identify yellow, etc. iris.
You bet.I just love it.
Here it is with lily Sophie.
The lilies bloomed late last year because they wee planted that spring. I sure hope July brings the same combination.I am not too great at being aware of "bloomtimes"
Thanks everyone. I agree. It surely does look like Loreley. I'll be sure to take more pictures in 2012 for a closer comparison. This was only my second year for bloom. I have several iris that have not bloomed yet that were removed from a persons garden full of grass and weeds. Most were so small it has taken two years just to recover. I have been blessed with great soil. Unfortuantely, my iris do not like it. I need to find a way to make the soil better for growing iris. I know they prefer a well drained soil. My rich black soil seems to cause too much root rot. Any ideas on how to make the soil better for growing bearded iris? Sand has been suggested. What about adding small gravel? Also, thanks for the compliments on my sweet garden pal. She loves roaming thru the gardens. I can't take any extra credit on the hosta, no fertilzer added. The hostas have no problem around here.
Jo Ann, Chocolate Cherry Dream looks good with anything, but it is the star!
Doglover, there is nothing worse than waiting on those little iris to bloom! I'll wait with you :o) I don't know about adding snad. It depends on if you have clay. What about a mix of potting soil that has tthings mixed into it? You could do 50/50. They will need to anchor themselves so you don't want it too loose.
We've had so much rain that I need to retrive a few iris that ended up buried in foliage. I have no idea where to put them!!!
billyporter: I do not have any trouble with clay. Potting soil does not seem to be the answer either. Just have to keep trying to make the soil more coarse and gritty, better drainage. Is anyone on this site a expert on this subject, would like to hear their suggestions. I'll send pictures next year when they finally start blooming again. Something to think about thru the cold winter months. I am always trying to find iris traders. I have a rather large area I am trying to cover in front of my sun plants and peonies. My riverfront property now has 60 peonies and many other sun plants included, can't wiat till I fill in the front with iris. Spring has finished and I am anxious for next spring to get here.
Hi folks: Been very busy gardening and such with Holdiday week-end. I can not add any etxra mulched leaves as I always leave some of my fall natural mulch.ie; small leaves, small bark and tiny bits of branches from our linden tree. This is great in my woodland garden, but the iris do not like it. My soil is just naturally rich....such a probelm to have to complain about. I feel quilty, but it is not poor enough for the iris. It also holds the moisture from rain a little longer and I am moving as many as I can from my yard to the riverbank area where it is dryer and grittier. Seems they like it better here. I will send some pictures of a couple years ago when I started and how it looks in spring and now. Just need to get this poor old compouter to be able to upload them from my camera. I will get some for all to look at. I have many iris I do not know their names, but it is perfectly fine. I love all my plants. Here is a couple pictures with a view of the river behind.
Doglover, I'm having the same problem with iris staying wet too long. I need to move them to full sun so the tubers can bake. I also see a few borers outgrew the poison I put down this spring, so, kill them I will, after I dig and soak in bleach water.
Wow, right on the banks! Is it a drop off, or could you wade out a little?
I love all the flowers you have. Those dark daylilies are gorgeous! The daisies really brighten it up and I just love Perovskia!
Kathy, I agree on that red daylily! I'll bet you miss the river. Is the house now a weekend retreat?
Jo Ann, I love compositions too :o)
I am behind on posting any flower. Let's see what's new here.
Great color on the hollyhock and those hostas make a super border. My river house is now a rental property but sometimes I think I will move back when my huge garden becomes a chore. The yard there is miniscule!
ok The background to the iris section is blue. 'Blue Gardens' cubit has done the same. New place to type is still white. then if you read your message the next time around, it is also on a blue background. Thye is different also, but not bad when you get used to it. Lucy