Bill, this is a perfect example about what I have been trying to get across
to local growers here. They believe, as do a lot of people, that you
shouldn't have to mess with irises for them to perform well. I
Your photos are a perfect example of an iris growing, and with just a
little more care, fuss, mess, babying, or whatever you wish to call it, you can
get them to thrive.
I personally wish the irises in my garden to thrive, rather than to just
grow, so I "fuss" with them a little!
Thanks for posting this.
Phoenix, AZ Zone 9
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Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [PHOTO] Re: ['iris-photos]
message dated 5/28/2004 12:35:51 PM Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Bill, here is 'Happenstance' as it blooms here (when it doesn't
freeze in the bud over winter). I don't think this matches what you
than for perhaps the violet infusions that your photo exhibits we likely have
the same iris. When I viewed your photo, I went back and checked photos from
the previous years of mine. My Apr. 26, 2003 photo is the closest parallel to
your photo to my eyes. I'll be happy to send you one with which to check. It
was growing under different conditions here each year.
Happenstance almost died as do many first bloom season plants here. This is
the 2002 photo. The pH was 8.1.Following is a 2003 photo. A rhizome was
moved to this location. It received some fertilizer at the time but I remember
not what. Like 13-13-13. Date was Apr. 23.This is another 2003 photo of a
bloom from the same rhizome as the one above taken from a different direction
and in afternoon shade.
In the summer of 2004 I added significant
amounts of both organic matter and sand to the bed along with 5-20-20 under
the rhizomes. The pH was checked at the time and measured about 7.5. The
following photo was the result but is still the same plant, in the same
location as the two previous 2003 photos.
I guess all this is
sayin' little more than I like organic matter, sand, and 5-20-20 added to my
native alkaline clay plus both photography skills and irises given opportunity
improve with time.
I'll have to ask my wife if the improvement stuff is
really true though.
I have no idea if this message is going to post as
intended. It may be a little too fat.... Nope, I'll not be makin' another joke
about my wife here.