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Re: TB:Garden:color:help
  • Subject: Re: TB:Garden:color:help
  • From: autmirislvr@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 10:14:21 -0400

Thanks to Jeff, Griff and those that answered off line for comments on my new
bed.  You're comments have been greatly appreciated.

<<planting them in groups>>

Now, I'm waiting for things to dry up again so the bed can be tilled.

Betty W
KY Zone 6

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey Walters <jeffwiris@yahoo.com>
To: iris@hort.net
Sent: Mon, May 17, 2010 8:13 am
Subject: Re: [iris] TB:Garden:color:help

Given the disance that the bed is to be located from the road and the fact
he intended viewers will be in moving vehicles, perhaps the visual impact
e enhanced not only by interspersing darker and lighter colored varieties, but
lso by planting them in groups of say 3 to 5 of each (that is light and dark,
ot individual cultivars) together.
Jeff Walters
n upstate South Carolina
USDA Zone 7b)

-- On Thu, 5/13/10, autmirislvr@aol.com <autmirislvr@aol.com> wrote:
> From: autmirislvr@aol.com <autmirislvr@aol.com>
 Subject: [iris] TB:Garden:color:help
 To: iris@hort.net
 Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 11:24 AM
 Hi All,

 I'm building a new 50 x 4 foot bed which will be visible
 from the road, but
 still 200-300 feet away.  This is to hold my "keepers"
 from the beds I'm
 eliminating for new seedlings.  I'm referring to
 registered irises, mainly
 oncers.  The keepers will be irises that speciffically
 speak to me or those
 that have breeding value.  It will hold approximately
 70 clumps.  This will
 not include rebloomers being trialed.  They will get
 another bed below my
 summer rebloomers in the garden proper.

 This is the first bed that will be in view of the
 neighborhood.  The garden
 proper is below the crest of the bank and can only be seen
 from a distance
 down the road.  Anyone focusing on the road would not
 know it is here.

 I tend to like either bright or dark irises.
 Currently working bi-colors,
 bi-tones, reds, black, orange, etc..  Trying to put
 color into the rebloomers.
 Most of my light colors are among the rebloomers and they
 won't be in this
 bed.  I like any pastel with red beards so those are

 My guess would be that only about 25% will be pastels,
 maybe less.  There will
 be some bright things such as Lovely Seniority, Man About
 Town, Mastery,
 Braggadocio etc..  I'm guessing I should alternate
 these (pastels & brights)
 with the darks for best impact?  Rather than putting
 the pastels in the middle
 row or some other placement?  I do a matrix/staggered
 format in the beds so
 the middle row could give an alternate appearance from the
 road.  (liking this
 better--talking myself into it!)

 Any suggestions?

 Betty Wilkerson
 KY Zone 6

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