I realized that I have planted a few of the Historic Sass Irises in my garden. So far, I have (2) of Prairie Sunset, (2) of The Red Douglas, and (2) of Rameses. The one Sass Iris I am looking for
is Al lu we (1933). Does anyone grow any of the Sass Irises and know where I may find Al lu we? Thanks in advance.
Thank you so much. I have all of the HIPS ROOTS issues going back to 2012, and I have checked and saw that Al lu we has been available thru the HIPS Rhizome Sale. I'm hoping it is available this year as well. Thanks again.
That's ok Judy, Thanks. I think I can wait until next year. I want to see what ends up blooming for me in the Spring and what doesn't, or what rots over the winter. Then I'll definitely have space for Al lu we. So keep in touch. Thanks again for your kindness.
Well, hopefully you won't have any winter losses.....the last two years have been terrible ,here, as well as for lots of the country ! I'd like to see a somewhat "milder" winter than what we've had, the last two years !
Al-Lu-We is a fairly rare Sass iris with no commercial sellers. One did sell it a year or so back but no longer. Mine was replanted this year after my move so is rather small now but hopefully it will survive and send off some pups. If it does well you have a backup source.
I know what you mean, Arlyn, but here in NJ, the forecast is for a much Colder Winter with a lot of precipitation. So, I am wondering about whether or not to provide any type of winter protection and covering for the iris. Any thoughts ?
Thanks, Dave. I have it on my Wish List. I did get a reply from OzarkIrisGardens and they think they may have it, they are going to check and get back to me. If it shows up, great,
if not, no problem, there are certainly more than enough on my Wish List that will be readily available ! LOL.
Well, Patrick...if they get "rooted in" before the ground freezes......they*should* be able to handle anything winter might throw at them. That said, I know some folks apply a "mulch", after the ground freezes, to help prevent 'heaving" of the rhizomes.....and then remove it, very early in the spring. I've never done that with bearded iris....so, I would have to *guess* that you would want something that won't "pack down".....pine straw, or maybe straw ? Maybe someone who has done , or still does, do it, will chime in.
why are pine needles called 'pine straw'? We put them on new plantings. However earlier new plants were tested this afternoon & they have all grabbed onto the ground. Sept planning more apt to need a winter mulch. Remove in the spring.
I really don't KNOW why, Lucy ?! I always gather my own, from under some ones pine trees, but, I know the nursery I go to sells "bales" of pine needles ( I think they are Sothern Long-Leaf Pine...about 8"-9" long !), and they have a sign next to the stack....and call it 'baled pine straw" .
Well, mine were all potted up for weeks before being transplanted into the ground -
and all rhizomes had very extensive root systems. They were transplanted into the ground
about 2-3 weeks ago, so maybe they will be OK this winter and will not need to be covered with 'pine straw'.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7 The Magnolia Zone
The term was made up when pine needles were first marketed. They were considered death to a garden by so many gardeners in the sough because 'nothing' would grow under the pine trees. Selling pine straw in the south is still rare and you have to search for a vendor. And to some old gardeners if you said 'pine straw' you would have to clarify that they were pine needles.
The 'pine straw' was recommended to me because I also have Louisiana iris, which I was told do infact need Winter protection in my Zone. I was really just curious to know if my TB Iris also needed protection, but since all of my TB Iris are "Historics" I am assuming that they are all relatively hardy enough in my Zone to withstand the Winters here without any protection.