A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 47 – Iris

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“Sun on Sun” – Spring 2013 – The Garden Table – Rebecca Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Good morning everyone… It is a cold one here in Pittsburgh and we are expecting a snow storm tonight… As I peaked out the window this morning I noticed the frozen spikes of one of my Iris poking through the snow… It is hard to believe that in a couple short months I will be photographing these blossoms again… I will be among the trees… With the bees… And the birds… In my garden paradise…

I never really paid much attention to Iris in the past… The blooming period for them is so short that it almost seemed not worth growing… Then a few years ago one of the volunteers at The Garden Table (who is also a member of the Western PA Iris and Daylily Society) brought the left overs from their annual plant sale… The sale was held on an unusually cold and miserable day and as a result the sales were pretty bleak… By the end of that day we were the proud owners of over 100 varieties of Iris… Not to mention a bunch of Daylily…

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“Throat of the Iris” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

I had no idea Iris came in as many varieties as they apparently do… Every color imaginable… Even black… Many bloom early in the Spring… Others will hold out until fall… Some have tiny flowers… While others are massive…

Iris tend to grow in clumps… These clumps get overcrowded quickly and as a result the Iris will need divided every once in a while… I just take a spade and carefully work it underneath the roots… Iris have very shallow roots so it is rather easy to pop them out of the ground… Once they are out simply pull them apart… You can now plant your divisions… Or if you have as many as I do… Beg people to take them…

Iris are a good plant for areas you cannot provide water too… They make excellent guerrilla gardening plants… Although they only bloom for a short period… The spiky foliage creates interest year around… Iris are also noticeable by just about everyone… It is difficult to mistake the leaves for anything other than an ornamental garden plant… Iris also seem to have some tolerance to salt… Making them perfect for roadside guerrilla gardens in areas where snow is an issue…

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If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_(plant)

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4 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 47 – Iris

  1. Iris, my Spanish wife’s name…which in Spanish translates as Rainbow.
    Just like the flower which can come in every color of the rainbow plus black…Don’t hurt yourself shoveling the snow…I am taking every precaution necessary as I shove the sunlight here in Florida…
    I will begin my planting tomorrow …
    Hugs and blessings…
    ME and the Boss

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    • C.Condello says:

      Your post made me smile… And then frown at the idea of Florida weather… I lived for a year in boca raton… Well… I lived in a halfway house in boca… Incredible memories given the situation…

      I have to get back to Florida… You know… I survived on front yard citrus and street side coconuts… Well… At least it seamed like it… I actually ate very well because I worked at the fresh market…

      Again… Good memories… And thanks for the smile…

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  2. I love iris and used to have quite a few. Unfortunately, the iris borer has decimated them and I only have a few left.

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  3. Aggie says:

    Like you, I have always thought their blooming period to short. But I’ve never seen one die! So I went searching and found this. From http://www.permaculture.org/nm/index.php/site/Permaculture-Food-Forest/
    “bulbs (iris, edible daylily, alliums), which absorb excess nitrogen in the springtime (when it is detrimental to fruit trees).”

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