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Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 6:44
Subject: [iris-photos] CULT: Lined beds
and Wool mulch
A photo of one of the plastic lined beds with
wool mulch. This bed was planted last year and
the wool mulch added this season when things started heating up.
In our sandy soil the nutrients and water don't
stick around long enough for a lot of plants to make much use of. JIs, LAs, and a lot of others barely hang on even pouring
the water on them every day during the summer. The soil in these beds stays
damp for up to a week between watering. In the rest of the garden, 3 days
would be pushing it and in some of the unwatered areas of the garden, the soil
is powder to over 12" deep.
The irises in the upper left corner are a couple
of Siberians (yellowish) and beds of I. missouriensis that were moved this
spring (brown tips). These are not mulched and the missouriensis would look
this way regardless.
On the far right in the lined bed is I.
brevicaulis. Prior to moving it was in one of the better areas with frequent
watering but topped out at 5" tall and was threatening to croak. It's
increased like wild and gotten considerably taller. I'm starting to think
it may yet bloom for me. The small clump at the front corner is CASCADE CREST
(JI). Before being moved to this bed it was planted in a heavily
composted bowl shaped bed in part shade that was watered daily during the
summer. I managed to coax it to put on 4 blooms (2 nice, 2 not so nice) before
it started stressing out. It topped out at around 18" tall as a 4 year old
clump. It's making a good comeback as well.
As soon as I can get another 2' deep x 3
1/2' x 8' lined bed ready, half of these plants will be moved. Though most
were quite small when planted, they've all increased nicely and could use the
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