Third, enjoy companion plants with your irises. Rita Gormley — who listened to me muse and moan from time to time on sundry subjects, most often iris-related, including this book during its early evolution. Robert Pries — for providing valuable feedback on the miniature dwarf chapter during its genesis. But you only really need to cut back the foliage during transplanting or dividing. As the title says, the scope of the book is limited to the bearded irises, from the tiny miniature dwarfs to the tall bearded. The E-mail message field is required.
Those are seedpods — the result of a little busy bee action in the garden. As a speaker he has garnered national acclaim for his presentations of information and personal stories that share his love and knowledge of horticulture. For some gardeners, they bring back warm memories of a grandparent's garden; for others, they're a cutting-edge plant with a seemingly endless capacity for producing new forms and patterns. As the manager of Rainbow Iris Farm and co-editor of the Bulletin of the American Iris Society, Kelly Norris is the authority on gardening with bearded irises. A rhizome produces roots and shoots at nodes along its length, and in the case of bearded irises culminates in a terminal fan of leaves.
Overall, a bit repetitive, but I still like the book very much. On a natural cycle, new foliar growth often begins during periods of cooler temperatures in mid-autumn. For some gardeners, they bring back warm memories of a grandparent's garden; for others, they're a cutting-edge plant with a seemingly endless capacity for producing new forms and patterns. I have so many cultivars to share but limited pages in which to share them! They grow horribly, succumb easily to disease, and look bad when not in flower. My wife may not read it, but I will definitely be using this as a go-to resource.
Myth: Bearded irises are so much work. Norris Kelly Norris is a horticulturist, plant breeder, and plantsman who lives in Des Moines, Iowa. When you prevent weed seeds from making contact with the soil around your bearded irises, you make long strides toward preventing serious weed problems in your garden beds. Gardens should teem with our favorite plants. The little crack between the bricks of your sidewalk or the fingerling of space between two bearded iris rhizomes amounts to home-sweet-home for virulent weeds like yellow nutsedge Cyperus esculentus , annual bluegrass Poa annua , or the like.
It's difficult not to be seduced by his enthusiasm and tantalizing descriptions of the colors, textures, ruffles, and patterns of the iris species. We tilled up seven acres, spent 320-plus man-hours planting 40,000 rhizomes, and watched a former cattle pasture grow into a field of dreams. This can take away from root mass accumulation and even from reserves meant to support flowering the next spring. Although an unabashed iris enthusiast, Norris is also a gardener with wide interests, and the book contains many welcome ideas on using the different types of irises in garden design and in association with other plants. As the manager of Rainbow Iris Farm and co-editor of the Bulletin of the American Iris Society, Kelly Norris is the authority on gardening with bearded irises. You should start right now! He is the award-winning author of four books, the horticulture manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and the director of Horticulture Now. Myth: Bearded irises change colors.
Myth: Bearded irises attract grass. A resource section lists specialty nurseries devoted to bearded irises. A good reference to have if you are a true iris lover and not just a casual gardener. A Guide to Bearded Irises also provides portraits of the most outstanding plants in each of the six recognized categories, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. Why are bearded irises so special? In that way bearded irises are beatnik passalongs, entering gardens more often through the back gate in a paper grocery bag than through the front in a black plastic pot. Norris is an award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a newly revitalized public garden in Des Moines, Iowa.
For some gardeners, they bring back warm memories of a grandparent's garden; for others, they're a cutting-edge plant with a seemingly endless capacity for producing new forms and patterns. I guess it all started in 1999 at the kitchen table of Cal Reuter, a well-known irisarian from Wisner, Nebraska. I just had to go look up the availability of many of his favorites. It keeps things looking tidy and less unsightly. For some gardeners, they bring back warm memories of a grandparent's garden; for others, they're a cutting-edge plant with a seemingly endless capacity for producing new forms and patterns.
Bearded irises are staple perennials, sure. As the manager of Rainbow Iris Farm and co-editor of the Bulletin of the American Iris Soc The diversity of bearded irises rivals that of any other perennial grown in temperate climates. I've been an iris enthusiast for over 35 years, and there is a scarcity of good books for the gardener who wants to learn what types of cultivars are available and how to grow them. Many works on the genus Iris have focused on these characters. Somehow, somewhere, the rumor got started that bearded irises need to be quarantined. Norris's enthusiasm for his subject is catching, and his style is friendly and conversational without ever seeming glib. A resource section lists specialty nurseries, organizations devoted to bearded irises, and public gardens with notable iris collections.
There is a chapter on hybridizing irises for those readers who are curious about this activity. I suppose every plant group has their own suite of them — the misconceptions that get passed on from one generation of gardeners to the next as well-intended but sorely misguided advice. Summary The diversity of bearded irises rivals that of any other perennial grown in temperate climates. Mine teems with bearded irises, and with any luck yours does or will too. While some irises are true bulbs, like the familiar, early spring flowering Iris reticulata and I.