WOW again. Kudos to you, Jules.
I have 3 raised nursery beds, for new iris
only. Once they've bloomed, so I can confirm their id, they get moved into
the landscape. I try to take a second piece, so I have a
I left the nursery, all MDB's and SDB's planted in
2000, until 2002. I was tempted to leave them all there.
El (This photo saved as 75k, but it sent as
Eleanor Hutchison, MIS & DIS Display
Ste Anne, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Z3
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Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 7:11
Subject: RE: [iris-photos] CULT:
Hi Francelle, Eleanor and loic
The mulch you saw around the original iris beds was the only material I
had at the time to make borders to keep the soil in, not for water retention.
This was removed from all gardens after the first season and all the iris were
re dug , divided, sorted , identified and catalogued. The
reason why they took so long to plant in the first place was because they
arrived unexpectedly and I had to clear the land before I could plant, so it
was a matter of clearing some planting some. They sat around in their clumps
with their roots in the air and exposed for several months some of them. Yet
they still rewarded me. I now use pots to keep the soil in and have added
around 200 + new iris over the 3 seasons I have been here. Total not counting
very old varieties around 500. Attached is a pic of my iris taken this week.
Even though they have relied soully on natural rain fall of which there is
little, I believe they are doing ok.
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