How pretty! It must be thrilling to see your irises
naturalizing so well, turning into wild flowers.
Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ
Behalf Of Donald Eaves
Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2006
Subject: [iris-photos] TB more
This was a seedling that grew vigorously and bloomed
freely, so I took some
rhizomes and planted them inside the bank channels
of the Leon river. It's
usually a dry river, but when it floods it can get
about 1/8 mile across
carrying whole trees and tons of debris.
Water gaps are a pain! So these
have been under 10-20 feet of flood waters more
than once. The soil is
probably river silt held in place by roots.
There is a limestone
outcropping well above where they are plante and
another one at the floor of
the stream bed, but I doubt there is much leaching
where these are growing.
Their health astounds me. I plant them and
forget them. These are on such
a steep slope that I fell once trying to take the
photos. Fortunately, the
camera was unhurt and I just smashed a finger and
skinned my arm. It's
curious to me how well they've done. This is
the third year for this
seedling, the grandmother iris have been in place
about seven years now and
are forming colonies.
Just for fun.
Texas Zone 7b, USA
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