Friday, February 27, 2009

First in Show

First to show. I got hooked on these spring blooming iris a couple years ago.

The iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin'...unlike the tradional garden iris i.e. siberian, bearded or dutch (what you buy at the market or florists) they are only 5 inches or so tall. They are such amazing little early spring surprises in the garden. Bloom with the snowdrops. Small tearbrop shaped bulbs make them VERY easy to plant. Inexpensive. Create little colonies in no time. Rodents, deer, etc wil not eat them. What else do you need to know?

you need to know that there is also the 'iris reticulata'..looks the same, although they come in many shades of blue, purple and white. They are easier to find, available at the box stores even.

Now is the time when I start keeping a list of all the things I wish I planted last fall. What has been on my list every year? Plant more dwarf iris! Trust me, if you take your tea for morning walks around your yard/gardens you can never have enough of these super early bloomers!