all....I'm a mostly lurker who joined last year and posted a few times. I'd love
to hear about the experiences with arils, arilbreds, et al. I love the look....
but I understand that they need or at least want dry summers.
think I have the perfect spot to try some -- in a raised bed with excellent
drainage that fronts a south-facing stucco wall of our house and that on one
side abuts a stone patio lined with Belgian blocks. The house shields the
bed from the usual direction of storms, but much of our property is so wet due
to a combo of high water table and underground springs that plants in the lower
areas of the bed do quite well without the need to water frequently. I have
Florida-hybridized daylilies in the bed, including some of questionable northern
hardiness, and they've all come through two winters there just fine.
were to try arilbreds, I'd place them in the row in that bed closest to the
house, which is both highest (and therefore least affected by the property's
water table and springs) and very dry, due to the roof overhang and a
large bay window that usually block rain and snow from reaching
the row. And of course, I could always increase the drainage in the area if
necessary, seeing as how we have several bags of stone grit left over from a
patio repair project.
I'm thinking irises might do well there -- but which ones is the big question.
I'd love to hear from you expert collectors, hybridizers, and
growers/sellers which arilbreds you suggest I consider.
to all ahead of time who help jump start a new gardening addiction.
Pipersville, PA (app. 45-60 min. north of
I'm curious as to which type of arilbreds you have
tried. With your collection of MDBs & SDBs, I'd have expected
arilbredmedians to do quite well there.
In a message dated 4/19/2010 7:57:52 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
Median iris, especially SDB's, are the main
part of my collection. MDB's do well here too.
Historic TB's seem to do better for me than
more modern TB's, although I do try to order a few new ones each year.
Last year, a friend gave me 2 historic Japanese iris. They're greening
up already, so I'm quite pleased.
I've managed to keep a few AB's alive long
enough for them to bloom, then most have died,