I am new to the site, about a year into Historic Iris Preservation Society and about 3 years into irises. I got into bearded irises because of the poor builder grade clay subsoil left behind as topsoil. Additionally the front "lawn" consists of 9" of stony clay on top of an old macadam cul-de-sac. Realizing that irises are hardy I figured to give them a try, and they are working out well. Experimenting with places that grow them best anywhere in the yard has given some good and some poor growing places. Soil is being slowly improved with organics like alfalfa pellets and compost; rocks and stones are being removed when they are a problem.
So far I have over 100 varieties with the majority being "antique" like me [and Arlyn, ha!]. Nine are under 30 years old though so are considered modern. [See the database for some of them.] There are several I'd like to move to others' gardens to make more room for more oldies so will be donating or trading eventually. I also have only about 8 NOID's, as I do like the flowers but prefer to know what is growing. The picture shows a front yard area with several including a light pink NOID, 1 of 3 of those.
I am enjoying the forums and other browsing here.
Hello back to both who replied and thanks for the welcome.
Yes Arlyn we are going upstream for sure.
I do have a "new" one from 1962 that was one of Kamp's white recessive breeding irises. Maybe that would count for having at least a contribution toward some "modern" ones?
In total I do have the 9 mentioned of the modern type [since 1984] and another 15 newer than 1950 and up to 1983, so I am not entirely "antique" in my choices. They often have something unique to offer regardless of their date of origin, so I see their beauty. I do have a few that are in no way my "favorites" but they still have nice qualities.
Good to have you & you can buzz about 'new' historics with Arlyn. Your would think with all our yak about them, that the computer would stop underlining the work in red. 'Get used to it, machine'. Snow is gradually disappearing, but with our high winds today, we are sort of hunkered down.
Always interested in new things and learning more. Expanding the iris collection, mostly with historics, as well as the areas used to grow them. Also have some NOID's that I hope to id some day.
Glad Arlyn clued me in to this site!
Welcome back Polly. We have no bloom as yet, not even the pumilas are flowering. Daffodils in front of the streetside stone wall are out. they were sweepings so bought by the barrel so all different kinds.