Some more iris:
SDB 'Cat's Eye'
SDB 'Kiwi Slices'
Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C
It's only the start of the season for the bearded iris but the Dutch iris are at their peak;
I don't have names for these anymore - I think the blue is called "Professor Blauw' but I'd need to check out my records for the others; I'm pretty sure they're all commercially available clones, though i have raised a few from seed in the past,
Some more PCI seedlings
Another SDB, this is a Blyth introduction 'Acid Test'
I found some US nursery sources for these beautiful PCI Iris, I think this coming spring I shall indeed order a few.
Not sure if members are reading their Rock Garden Quarterly editions online, but not only is the interface awesome, at the end of the Quarterly, with all of the nursery advertisers, the links to those nurseries are live, so you can read the latest Fall 2013 edition, then happily click-and-launch new browser windows to various nurseries. There's a fabulous nursery called Keeping It Green Nursery, slick and flawless web interface, and so many goodies, they offer some fine looking Iris. I notice they call the hybrids PCH versus PCI, to indicate hybrids, just guessing.
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
A couple of Medians now, Aqua Taj and Arianna,
and one I've forgotten!
Next, a "Tall" bearded which has mini flowers! It's an Old variety called Manon which I got from Iris enthusiast, Pat Toolan, in South Australia,
And lastly one I grew from seed from SRGC Seedex 2009 as Iris schachti, though there is some question about that! It's nonetheless an exquisite iris,
Those big ruffly type iris seem not very interesting in photos to many of the purists, but I have to say, I accidentally grew one large plain orange ruffly type, and was quite impressed.
What about this one for a tall 4ft bearded with small flowers. Maybe it was bred from yours!
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Mark, The Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris has an excellent seed exchange each year.Most seed is open pollinated, so you only get to know what the pod parent is. The seeds are reasonably easy to germinate- especially after scarification and soaking for several weeks (water changes recommended). I moved my first plant into the garden this past spring, and it has thrived. It will be interesting to see how this 'Canyon Snow' seedling fares through a Nova Scotian winter. The variation in the seedlings is interesting- some with shorter foliage than others from the same seed lot. I hope to see first bloom next spring.
Southwest Nova Scotia, zone 6b or thereabouts
Thanks Tingley, I signed up for a three year "online" membership, very inexpensive, now waiting for the 2013-2014 seed list to be put out, the 2012-2103 list looks exciting!
It has been fun to try these plants. After doing a bit of research, I am now trying to assemble a few of the hardier Pacific Coast species, or hybrids I know include their genetics- Iris chrysophylla, I. innominata and I. tenax. I think my Canyon Snow seedling may have a tough time with northeastern winters (apparently it is a pure cultivar of I. douglasiana). Sadly my earliest seed choices were made by sight alone. Harland Hand is also a douglasiana cultivar- a coastal species, likely to be a bit on the tender side. A few of the other species may prove worthwhile hunting down- especially if they are from higher elevations( I hartwegii, I. purdyi, I. tenuissima, and possibly I. macrosiphon).
It is also good to know that Pacific Coast Iris can hybridize with iris of the sino-siberian section (I. bulleyana, chrysographes, clarkei, delavayi, dykesii, forrestii, wilsonii) if their chromosome count is identical (2n=40). The resulting hybrids are known as Cal-Sibs, and are likely a lot hardier than most PCN iris.