I think your points are good. Spme further
>the bed has by and large never
been devoid of moisture since planting.
Consistant conditions. Much
easier for plants to adjust when conditions don't have too much variation.
Wet followed by a sudden cessation of moisture combined with extremely high
temps and low humidity and then alternating back to wet and hot might be showing
you something altoether different. I think as condition for how a plant
performs, consistency in growing conditions is overlooked. It's the swings
they have trouble with.
>While we are in the same zone
our climates do differ significantly.
Significantly! Your winters
are possibly a bit milder than mine, but H2O is a big one! Also, I would
note as well that newly acquired or newly moved plants behave differently than
those established for more than a season. All else being the same, they
are more erratic in health and performance than when left
>Results here are causing me to further question conventional wisdom
concerning arils, arilbreds, and irises in general. I have had >less rot and
better growth in this wet, moist year.
But it has been consistant, hasn't it? Not off and on again.?
> Too, the rapid weed growth has produced total shade on several
newly planted irises similar to what is depicted for my SYRIAN >PRINCESS
here. For about half of the time this SP rhizome has been in the ground it has
been in total shade from this weed >protection.
Shade can be a benefit here most summers. It is not so beneficial in
mid and late spring. I guess I should love pecan trees more than I do
since they are so late putting on leaves and the first to shed them. They
attract aphids, though. I prefer my oak trees.
>(Texans do things their own way). You can however observe
insect damage on the leaves of the plant growth sheltering the plant. The second
photo is from the same angle, with the natives removed.
Some Texans are just worse about it. Inattention or stubborness or
something worse, I guess. I think my seedlings this year could have used
the conditions shown in your photos to good advantage.
>I do think sometimes, good gardening practices are not the best
gardening practices, and good gardening practices look better >but do not
necessarily work better ... at least not for the lazy.
Lots of truth here. What works well for me could easily be wrong
somewhere else. And sometimes a neglected spot in the garden can tell you
a lot. Figuring out what it's saying and then applying it is the
>If we look at the design of the iris plant and try to surmise how
this design might have evolved to promote the plants survival some >factors
are obvious and others less so. We see the outer leaves senesce and curl inward
toward the center of the clump as they >do so. This suggests the plant needs
shade at least for it's rhizomes.
It might be well to look at the origins of the plant before too much is
assumed here. Some dried leaves around the base of a plant from Syria
might be doing something quite different than the same number of dead leaves on
a plant native to Great Britain. I would agree that the natural habits of
a plant count, the growing conditions might cause the wrong assumption of what
appears to be the same phenomenon. Possibly a bit of a problem with
cultivated irises that have ancestors from different geographical
I hope that little plant in the photo thrives for you. You're likely
to like it a lot if does well.
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