<<I am interested in what you used in the bed. >>
Greensand, rock phosphate & 400 lbs of well rotted compost. I didn't put in the full recommended amount (about 80%) because it had not grown irises before. I'll increase the application on beds that have been in irises. Couldn't find the first two locally and had to pay as much to have it shipped in as it cost.
This batch was a bit of a trial. I'll know if I'm right once I get past bloom season. I'd been having problems with stalk height and a friend suggested these additives.
From: Char Holte <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: iris-photos <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 10:16 am
Subject: RE: [iris-photos] March 15-2011-a moment in time @ BIT
I am interested in what you used in the bed. Did you amend the soil?
These are the beds built in the fall of 2010. The last bed built is a bit behind in growth. (nearest the camera) If I plant this late again, I'll plant them just a little deeper and let them adjust themselves. This bed was barely finished when the temps dropped. Rebloomers that had been planted since 2005 were moved to this bed.
I expect the growth to catch up in a few weeks. I plan to keep a photo diary of this group.
Middle bed was planted first and holds a wide variety of TB irises and a few seedlings from around the country. It contains a lot of my collection from the west coast and AU. Two clumps each of Wearing Rubies, Jazz Band & Temple of Time, Also, two clumps of Hello Darkness & Society Page! With space being a bit limited, it was a bit hard to devote the space, but I just couldn't resist. Teaghen & I both want to breed with HD. The cultivars from my garden were planted in clumps. Some old, many new.
Back bed contains my seedlings.
I lost ONE new plant. (middle bed) Don't think it was the fault of the bed.
Bridge In Time Iris Garden
Zone 6 KY. (Two nights with -3 degrees as the low)