1896, Iris Paradoxa, Iris Lacustris by J. Wood

The Garden p.360, May 16, 1896

Iris paradoxa. — This little Iris is now in flower. So far as my experience of it goes, it grows freely in turfy loam and burnt clay mixed, these forming a very porous rooting medium. The one special thing it seems to want — at least in my climate, with its somewhat heavy rainfall and humidity from a low altitude and river valley— is shelter from wet from autumn to spring. A small sheet of glass for the last few years has quite met its wants. I mention these cultural points because I know so many have failed to keep the plant. I am sure it will stand our coldest winters if not in a wet state, and from such it may easily be kept by using the simple cover mentioned.

Iris lacustris. — This also is in flower. I have drawn attention to this gem several times in these columns. I do so because it seems to be so little known and because it will bloom several times in a season. Nothing could be more charming on a moist stone ledge in full sunshine, which it covers as with a network of its slender rhizomes. The little flowers are azure and golden in colour.

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-- BobPries - 2014-11-06
Topic revision: r1 - 06 Nov 2014, BobPries
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