By Kelly Norris
The variety of bearded irises opponents that of the other perennial grown in temperate climates. For a few gardeners, they carry again hot thoughts of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they seem to be a state-of-the-art plant with a possible never-ending capability for generating new varieties and styles.
In this complete and definitive advisor, iris specialist Kelly Norris offers an available but authoritative assessment of those deservedly renowned vegetation. Introductory chapters exhibit tips to develop effectively, find out how to use them within the backyard, find out how to decide upon the easiest crops, and the way to "create" new irises. A advisor to Bearded Irises additionally presents images of the main amazing crops in all the six well-known different types, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A source part lists forte nurseries, enterprises dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with awesome iris collections.
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Extra resources for A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts
Picture the difference? Less metaphorically, how could you use that pointy, bluish green foliage to hide something that’s not quite ready for showtime, or what bold, thickset leaf will offset that spiky iris look? A contrast of textures creates impact that’s hard to beat. Don’t forget to dream ahead to late summer and consider how those iris leaves hold up — maybe something, like asters, anemones, or goldenrods (Solidago), should give them a little privacy while they hover in semi-dormancy until cooler weather arrives.
But for much of the iris’s existence, yellow was a rare color, save the few golden or dirty yellow examples of Iris variegata or I. pumila. The earliest yellow, and at that a pale naphthalene yellow, was probably ‘Flavescens’ (De Candolle 1813), an old-fashioned diploid still found along highways and around old homesteads. It seems that generations of gardeners have passed this variety around, or it’s seeded with vengeance beyond the confines of its planting space. Either way, it’s still a simple charmer worth having in stock should an ugly fence or shed need some herbaceous company.
In that short span of time, those ten irises cultivated something deeper in me than I did in them. My collection had grown to almost 350 varieties by the summer of 2002, when I sent an email to a man named Cliff Snyder, who at the time owned Rainbow Iris Farm in Bartlett, Texas. Though I had no idea then, my life changed on 30 July 2002. ‘Rainbow High’ (Keppel 2009) To make a long story short, I (a mere 15-year-old) talked my parents into flying to Texas, buying, and subsequently relocating Rainbow Iris Farm to our farm in rural Bedford, Iowa.
A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts by Kelly Norris