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Re: Covering Iris unguicularis

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: Covering Iris unguicularis
  • From: ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
  • Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 11:47:15 -0000

>   >>
> Thanks Paul!!   Didn't know that about them...

The first time I really saw the winter iris was when I was helping out 
an owner of a historic house near the town I grew up in.  The garden 
was old formal box hedges with rooms and the like, built around a 
massive Cedar of Lebanon (not sure species name) that shaded most of 
the area.  Full in the shade of it, plus some other hedging plants 
that created an arch over the walkway, was a row of winter iris.  
Flowered beautifully (except that the peacocks had taken a liking to 
the flowers and ate them whenever they got the chance).  From there I 
realised that they like full shade.

Only a couple of years ago did I find out that they can tolerate full 
sun.  A friend had them out in her back yard in 3 foot wide clumps in 
an open back yard.  We get up to 40'c in summer so it isn't mild.... 
weeks at a time well above the 30'C.  That was when I realised just 
how versatile they are.

I then adjusted where I was growing mine accordingly, adding a few 
clumps along a path edge (Theres a triple clump planted in a triangle 
of Walter Butt, straight species and Blue Stripe, then following along 
the path there is Walter Butt, Snow Queen, Blue Stripe, straight 
species and then Iris lazica).  Once they mature in a few years more 
will be quite stunning.  Once the Iris lazica flowers shortly (same 
sort of flower, although smaller and chunkier with thicker foliage) I 
shall photograph it and send it here.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia

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