The iris that live in my garden will likely always live in my garden. Each one has history. I got my first Iris pallida from my great grandmother’s garden at about the time I was in kindergarten. Less than twenty others have been added since then, because I am so very selective. I must be. Otherwise, my garden would fill with iris which I would be obligated to perpetuate. These four iris pictured here are at work, although #4 originated from my garden, where the two other white iris that are not pictured here live. All finished bloom a while ago, so these are old pictures.

1. Dicentra formosa, which I believe is Pacific bleeding heart, blooms at about the same time as the bearded iris. Some of the colonies are quite broad under the redwood forests.

2. Cestrum fasciculatum Newellii ‘Ruby Clusters’ could do without either its first variety name or its subsequent cultivar name. I did not select it, but am getting to appreciate it.

3. Yellow iris appeared next to a debris dump many years ago. It could have grown from a scrap, or could be feral. It seems wimpy. It got canned, but should have been relocated.

4. White iris seems prettier at night. During the day, it seems to be slightly grayish, with oddly pale yellow beards. I believe that it is feral. Two other cultivars are perfectly white.

5. Blue iris, with both dark and light blue, could actually be a cultivar. It is impossible to be certain. The flowers are simple and not ruffled. The stems are tall, but a bit too lanky.

6. White and blue iris, of these four, is the most likely to be a cultivar. Lanky stems could be a result of neglect. I hastily interred the rhizomes last autumn just to keep them alive.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

22 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Four Feral Iris?

    1. The bleeding heart grows wild here, but is not an improved garden cultivar. The more ornamental garden cultivars actually do not perform well here. They might be cultivars of species that are endemic to the East.

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    1. That iris was taken from the garden of an abandoned cabin. I know nothing about it. I also prefer the simpler floral form, although the yellow iris seems to be a bit ‘too’ simple. Iris pallida is simple, but is also my favorite.

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    1. Well, it is; but so is anyplace else. Some people believe that Hawaii is. I think that Oklahoma is, but I also enjoy Oregon and Washington. Many would consider Florida to be Paradise.

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      1. Oh, no! Of course, there is nothing there like the redwoods here. Heck, these are the tallest trees in the World! However, blackjack oak, American elm, American sycamore, honeylocust and Eastern red cedar grow wild, and get taller in the low spots. Although there are no high elevations, there are low elevations. What I mean is that there is sort of a ceiling on the elevation, but that the creeks and rivers cut low valleys. Just above the ground, there is sort of a ceiling on the tree canopy. Trees in the high spots are either absent, or very low. Trees in the low spots are much higher, so that their canopies seem to be at the same height as those in the higher spots. Although the ground is not completely flat, the ceiling of the tree canopy seems to be flat when viewed from the high spots.

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