Wordless Wednesday – signs of spring

Anemone Sylphide

Anemone Sylphide

Iris reticulata planted autumn 2012

Iris reticulata planted autumn 2012

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34 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – signs of spring

      • I’m going to write my next post about my little irises, suddenly they have all come out like little jewels. I have some which last quite well and some like Danfordiae which need to be replaced each year. But the more common ones like Harmony are as cheap as chips to buy.

      • Lots of bulbs need to be treated as annuals but that shouldn’t stop us planting them because as you say most are very cheap. BTW I’m following your blog but I don’t get any notification of your posts, strange!

      • I don’t understand why you don’t get notifications, these things are a mystery to me. Don’t forget to let me know when you are in Suffolk visiting your MIL. It would be nice if you could come here and have some lunch with me.

  1. Thank you for sharing these snaps. Interesting to observe the bloom time of similar plants everywhere. In the Healing Garden we are pleasantly surprised to see year two with iris reticulata. From what I hear, if pleased with their habitat, they endure. Like the rest of us. We are threatened here with a typically frigid mid-February cold snap. Preceded by an early false Spring. Like the crocus, our iris reticulata are running in place. And waiting. – The Healing Garden gardener

  2. I was not aware that some of these irises usually only flower for one year – that’s something to bear in mind. After you posted about your Anemone sylphide recently I added them to my order from Sarah Raven as they looked so beautiful – yours seem to be spreading nicely but I got the impression from my RHS book that they weren’t always hardy here in the UK

      • Christine, one set is a mixture of blue and white.
        Anemone De Caen (single-flowered): ‘Mr. Fokker’ – blue and ‘Bride’ – white.
        In another spot there is Anemone St. Brigid (double-flowered): ‘Governor’ – red.
        I planted all of these last spring (poor timing) and thought they had died but saw a few signs they might be ok. Meanwhile I am inspired by yours!

      • This patch of Sylphide was planted in 2012, those I planted this past autumn 2013 (a mix with your named varieties and some others are showing green (mostly) but are a long way off flowering yet; not sure why there is a difference.

  3. Iris reticulata popped up unexpectedly in my woodland garden a few years ago. At least that is what I think it was. The vibrant blue caught my eye at a distance. There were maybe 30-40 of them. I thought maybe they were planted many years ago by the previous owner of our place,
    and I had just never noticed them. But I haven’t seen them since! Each year I have watched for them. They were so beautiful! I had hoped to transplant them to a more visible area.

  4. In the Healing Garden, our Iris reticulata have survived three years. One clump in damper, shady soil has not returned. They seem to enjoy a dry Summer. Surviving best, the iris reticulata that were forgotten. This spot’s used as a ‘stepping stone’ for climbing down to the next terrace. We’re planting a second set of reticulata this week in an area of succulents that has poo,r very well drained, soil. This is a helpful discussion. Thank you for hosting it. – The Healing Garden gardener

    • Many bulbs come of Turkey or the dry Medieterranean so summer wet is the worst thing for them. Tulips repeat quite well for me in the beds where there is no summer irrigation.

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