Some nice Irises, Fermi- your 'schachti' is stunning!
I belong to a 'cold zone' email list, and those folks grow a ton of Irises (as well as lilies and days) -mostly hybrids, and I don't even try to keep up with the photos in prime season... I definitely tend to prefer species over some of the really far-out flowers, but there are some very beautiful colour combinations for sure.There are a lot of acronyms flying there too, which I also cannot keep up with...lol
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
One of my favorite of the "Dutch iris" is 'Thunderbolt' - the first really brown one that I've ever grown!
Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C
That's a real beauty. I have only tried "Dutch Iris" one year, planted the corms in the autumn, and had a wonderful display in spring, but they didn't come back for a second spring. I haven't bothered trying again since.
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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I would think brown coloring is unusual in the reticulata clan. Very nice, Fermi!
Same experience here as Mark's. But that was when I was in my teens, so maybe I ought to try again, to b e fair.
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Nice colour, Fermi.. They sell 'Dutch Iris' here, as perennials, but plants sold here are often packed in other places, and not actually hardy, I wonder about these?... I thought this was what I'd grown as a teen that needed lifting in fall, but notice the packages here suggested they were perennial... (I didn't look closely enough to see any zone rating)
Hi Cohan, Rick and Mark,
I hope you do give them another try! I love all sorts of iris and fortunately for me these ones tend to grow quite easily in our conditions.
Being an inveterate seed-sower I'm trying some of these from seed as well - when I was much younger I did some hybridizing with the the ones I had on hand but didn't have the patience to follow through with the care of the seedlings. When I was moving house I found the foam box in which I'd sown the seeds and though there was hardly any soil left in it, there were amazingly a few sound bulbs which flowered a couple of years later - and one was an actually improvement on what we had available when I made the cross (about 12 years earlier) but was outclassed by newer varieties since! Probably wouldn't have made my fortune but I'm disappointed that I'd slipped up in growing on the seedlings. It hasn't taught me much though as I'm still hopeless at getting my seedlings organized - they usually surprise me by flowering without any help from me!!
The first couple of Louisiana Iris for the season; no labels obvious!
Another interesting group of Iris - I've heard the name, but haven't really grasped/remembered what they are...lol
as I lived for a short time in Louisiana I guess I was always going to grow them!
They do need a lot more water than most of the others we grow - apart from this one - a variegated Iris laevigata which we just got in September and it's now living in a water-pot,
The Spuria Hybrids are starting to flower!
These came from our previous garden and I'm not exactly sure which is which, but i think this one is called 'Fergie's Poetry'
This is what I think is 'Buttered Chocolate' - had to buy it for the name alone!
These 2 are soon to open - one of them is 'Intensity'