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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