We have long affection for all the forms of the dwarf Iris cristata which is an east coast native and with Powder Blue Giant our affections sometimes manifest themselves in PDA's such as stroking the large medium blue flowers and oohing. Deciduous carpeter. A real sweety.
Blackberry Lily. Our collection of this extremely widespread Asian species which not only has attractive deep orange flowers that are overlaid in a plethora of red spots but also the seed is curiously attractive looking for all the world like a large blackberry. This has wide application in traditional Chinese medicine and our collection is likely an escapee from the local mountain village.
Primo little collector's Iris with charming white flowers - smaller than the more frequently encountered 'Alba' - over dense mounds of fine-bladed foliage. It's graceful appearance hides a tough core and an implacable perseverance that has kept it in our collection for over two decades. A Japanese deciduous species preferring light shade or part sun. This is a good one.
Very rare collectible and delectable Iris from China introduced by Darrell Probst. This Iris is seldom available and is one of the stars in our shade garden. This particular clone has slightly larger flowers that are white without any blue shading. Makes an evergreen fine grassy mound. Best i light shade or part sun. Slow growing and totally rules when mature.
This clone of this fabulous Iris introduced by Darrell Probst is one of our favorite plants of all time. Very fine grassy foliage making a large lax dense mound that is festooned with small white jewels of flowers. It won't happen overnight but give this a few years and you will have some serious bragging rights. Not that we ever concern ourselves with things like that.............
Found growing along coastal Maine and up the eastern Canadian seaboard, this was known as the dwarf form of I. setosa but is now regarded as a distinct species. Favoring moist places but adapting very well to average garden conditions, this is best described in the most rigorous of botanical terms as "Cute". Very hardy.
The nerve of the English making Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris selections! But we 'll let it go this time because this is a winner. Falls the color of antique rose with nice venation and yellow thumbprint with subtle falls of the aged pink so often found in grandma;s house. Vigorous and sturdy evergreen.
This Pacific Coast hybrid Iris from a 1985 Ghio introduction has indeed provided endless enjoyment since its release. Eye-catching without stridency, the three broad falls have a rich dark berry thumbprint at their base transitioning to a good rose color at fall's end. The prominent upright style crest on each fall is a light rose while the smaller sepals separate the richly colored falls with the color of old bone shot with red veins.
Rich purple flowers of a color more suited to the dreams of the Pope than the Devil unless of course the Devil is dreaming of someday wearing those rich purple robes of the Pope in which case it is appropriately named. Just speculation. Great color anyway.
Algerian Iris. Nothing like this evergreen Mediterranean prize. This blooms depending on the weather as early as November but generally the main flowering is in February with short-stemmed good-sized light lavender blue flowers. We cut the leaves back to 6" in Nov to best see the flowers. Newly potted strong divisions.
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