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November 17th, 2012
Where To Plant Iris And Other Growing Tips
If you want to know where to plant iris, look up. Specifically, see where the best angles for full sun happen through the day in your yard. These sunny locations can be perfect for the showy plants. Whether you are growing miniature Dutch varieties or full-sized bearded varieties, the flower can do best with lots of bright afternoon sunlight.
This perennial can serve multiple purposes in your yard. Not only can it look attractive and serve as a good source for an indoor floral arrangement, but it also serves to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. There is a wide variety of irises to choose from, upwards of 300 species.
Basic Care, Upkeep
The flowers need at least a half day of full sun and well-drained soil. If the flowers do not receive enough sun exposure, you will have lovely green stalks and lots of leaves, but no blooms. Watch the progress carefully through the summer of newly planted varieties. You should start seeing blooms take off early to mid-summer. The blooms typically appear a month after your last tulip or daffodil has finished blooming for the season. Some of the larger irises bloom later in summer. The provider of your plants most likely also will have a bloom range time printed on the package of the fresh rhizomes you use.
Soil drainage is the second-most important feature these plants require after sunlight. Too much water will rot the roots and too little water will kill them. You will want to dig into the garden plot about 12 to 15 inches to loosen the dirt and add plenty of rich compost for food to feed the rhizomes. When planting, spread the rhizomes out so the foliage has plenty of room to grow. You can either place a single one in a space or group them in threes for an attractive display.
Another feature of these special plants is that they keep on giving if cared for properly. After a few years, you may decide to divide and thin the foliage to give each clump more room. This can be an important task, as crowded plants can become damaged or die if left unattended.
To divide the irises, wait until just after they have bloomed. Once the blooming cycle is complete, you can dig, divide and move specific ones to different areas of the yard, or give away to friends through the rest of the summer to fall. One rhizome may provide you and your neighbors with many new flowers as the years go on.
Remember that careful observation of the flowers will give you a sense of when they are ready to divide. Look for heaving along the base, which is a sign of overcrowding, or also look for reduction in blooms. Both of these factors may mean division is ready to take place.
Knowing where to plant iris properly can give you many years of productive, colorful blooms. Spend some time looking at the different varieties. You could create a rainbow of color to transform your outdoor space.
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November 14th, 2012
Learning About The Bearded German Iris
The Bearded German Iris is the most common variety of irises. This perennial flower resembles other irises when it blooms, but there is a strip of fuzz that is present on each of the three cascading petals. These flowers are available in a variety of single and multiple color combinations. They are found growing abundantly through most of the eastern states in the U. S. And a few of the western states. It also grows well in the eastern region of Canada.
In addition to the color options, there are also options for the size of the plant. The miniature dwarf grows up to 10 inches tall, while the standard dwarf can grow up to 15 inches tall. A miniature tall will grow up to 25 inches, an intermediate can be up to 27 inches, and a border can be 28 inches tall.
Planting and Caring for Irises
These irises, like many others, thrive in full sunlight. They must be planted in areas that have adequate water drainage. It is important to provide plenty of water, but it should not accumulate water and drown the roots. Soil should be loose. Hard or clay type soil needs to be cultivated and some sand should be mixed in with the existing soil so the roots can grow properly.
Planting should ideally occur between the end of July and early October. During this time, ground temperatures are ideal for allowing the roots to become established. This is a necessary step in ensuring newly planted flowers will make it through the winter.
Soil should be cultivated to a depth of between 12 and 18 inches. Rhizomes, which are the stem sections that resemble large roots, must be at least six inches under the ground. Each plant needs to be spaced at least 12 inches apart to allow the roots to spread adequately.
Irises require a very balanced fertilizer to provide all the nutrients that they could need for optimal growth conditions. It should be a 6-10-6 or 5-10-10 blend and contain low nitrates. The fertilizer should be applied two times per year. Ideally, fertilizing should occur once in the beginning of spring and then again after the plants have started blooming in the summer season.
After the blooming season, you can trim the plant to allow growth for the next year. Leaves can be cut down to half their height and discolored or dead leaves should be removed completely. When the flowers have completely died, the stems should be trimmed with three inches removed.
The German Iris can be found in pots and gardens, and sometimes growing in the wild. They can be propagated every two or three years to have new plantings. Propagation also helps the plants grow healthier by preventing overcrowding. Once they are initially planted and establish a root system, they are fairly easy to care for. An added bonus is that hungry deer and rabbits will not be eating your irises because they are not appealing to these foragers, and can possible deter the critters from snacking on other plants in your garden as well.
November 14th, 2012
The Wide World Of Iris Flower Colors
In horticulture, there are some plants that can only be called on for a few shades or tints. They may be showy green bushes, or vibrant pink blooms. Some, such as roses, can provide some alternatives within the same sort of plant. But they do not offer the variety seen in Iris flower colors.
Different sections of the sub-genus can have similar or wildly different coloration. There are also changes in shape between them. Shading from one species to another can also be subtle or strong depending on the section. Of the six main, several stick with similar values and the rest depend on the specific cultivar.
Many are familiar with one of the many bright yellow varieties, but those are not all there is. Within the Bearded sub-type alone there are options from nearly white through yellow and light or dark blues, to a deep maroon. Purple shows up in these bright blooms, as well. Some may have two or more different tones on one bud, such as ‘Welches Reward’, which has both yellow and maroon.
Those yellows, though, even they are not all one shade. They change from soft like buttermilk through to the bright tint of the sun. There may be edging hints of orange, or even at drop of green.
One section, Oncocyclus is particularly known for deep rich tones. No dull or retiring pastels here, the vibrancy shouts out from deep shades. Some may seem almost black, which is unusual in flowers, and can make an interesting alternative to those bright blooms that often fill gardens.
Iris Flower Color And Shape
The shading of these blooms may be constant through a flower. It may, alternately, fade or change from heart to edge. There are some types where each petal may have a different shade and pattern. While single shade blooms might be popular in some gardens, they are not always the favorite.
Multi-shade blossoms can set off a wild sort of cutting garden. Those who prefer their plantings to be less rigid, perhaps taking inspiration from wildflowers in a field, may use them this way. The variety, even within a single plant, can bring brightness in a small plot under a tree, or draw attention to a corner that might otherwise go ignored.
The flow of shading between petals, or from the center of the bloom to the outermost edge is decided by the cultivar. Some have a very specific border-shading pattern. Others do, in fact, seem to bleed out color from their heart. Some, like the ‘Mary Todd’ cultivar, have both shading changes and a speckled pattern.
With easily a hundred varieties to choose from, a dedicated gardener could spend his or her entire life exploring the range and tone of this plant. Not only that, but there is always room for innovation in plant breeding. New possibilities in pattern and shade may be developed. Not only that, but the texture of the petals can change as well, rendering a simple pink bloom extraordinarily vibrant.
October 25th, 2011
The Beauty Of Romantic Flowers
Flowers have always been seen as the language of love and affection. The act of giving them to someone, can say a thousand words, even if you don’t utter a single one. Romantic flowers are given as gifts on special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
When should you give out flowers?
They are given to wives, girlfriends and daughters on their birthday. It is often accompanied by a box of chocolates if it is your daughter, or a bottle of wine for a girlfriend or wife. There are other occasions that are appropriate for the giving of flowers.
Anniversaries are one of them. Husbands almost always give them to their wives on their anniversary. It is a simple gesture, but means a thousand things ti the woman who receives them. They communicate so much more than we can express in words. People who have trouble expressing themselves in words might find that giving someone flowers is easier, as it says it all for you.
They are also sent or taken to people who are in hospital, due to illness. It is accompanied by a get well soon card and maybe a few little treats for the recovering person. This may be a a new mother who has just given birth.
They are used at funerals. They can be placed around the chapel and on the coffin. Carnations are usually used in funerals. When translated, it means flowers of God. They are also used for other occasions, but mainly in funerals.
These beautiful gifts of nature are also used in happy occasions like weddings. You will find them arranged all around the hall or church during a wedding. You will definitely find them in the hands of the bride and then in the hands of another female after the throwing of the bouquet.
Use flowers to create a serene atmosphere in your room
A single flower is all that is needed to add beauty and ambiance to a room or add warmth to an office. A single red rose placed in a clear vase adds a subtle beauty to the living room. Different colors will give the room different looks and create a different mood.
The Iris is a very popular type of flower. It is white and purple in appearance and commonly associated with romance. It is also considered the flower of faith and hope, there it is used in various occasions and functions. The Iris flower id used in floral arrangement and make the most beautiful center piece in any room of the house or office.
The flower is also used to make potpourri. This is a combination of different types of them, dried and put together to make a special fragrance. It is used in linen and lingerie drawers to keep clothes and draws smelling fresh.
It is safe to say that a romantic evening is not complete without romantic flowers. Ever woman loves them and as far as I know would never say no to them. The simple act of giving someone a flower, takes away the need to say too many words.
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