Iris 2011

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Paul T
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David,

I've butchered my I. lazica in autumn in the past without a problem, in fact I think I've taken pieces off mine at various times of the year without any problems.  I love it's chunkiness compared to the unguicularis, and the very different green of the leaves.  I've found it hardy here from shade to full sun.  Mine existed for many years in a small pot amongst grass at our old property when it was rented out.  After a couple of years of sitting amongst the grass in it's pot I discovered it still alive and more or less green, despite the other pots of other things like daffodils etc also hidden in said grass all dying.  This was in total blazing sunshine (other than perhaps some light cover from some of the grass at certain times of year?) without any artificial watering at all.  I was amazed at how hardy it was.

Cheers.

Paul T.
Canberra, Australia.
Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only.

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

David and Paul, aren't you going to tempt us with some nice photos of I. lazica?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Paul T
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Mark,

Happy to oblige.  Not brilliant pics, but you get the idea.  ;D

Iris lazica in my garden.  The pics were technically taken in 2005 and 2006, but they were prepared today, hence the watermark for 2011.  :)  These pics were taken in September in those years.

Cheers.

Paul T.
Canberra, Australia.
Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only.

Luc Gilgemyn
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Joined: 2011-02-02

Nice show everybody !

I've got another Juno flowering at the moment : Iris nusariensis from Syria

On the second picture you can see a second flower bud developping nicely...  :)

Luc Gilgemyn
Harelbeke - Belgium

Paul T
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That's a beauty, Luc.

Cheers.

Paul T.
Canberra, Australia.
Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only.

WimB
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Luc wrote:

Nice show everybody !

I've got another Juno flowering at the moment : Iris nusariensis from Syria

On the second picture you can see a second flower bud developping nicely...  :)

Wonderful Luc,

it reminds me of the color which the sky of Belgium often has  ;)

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

WimB
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LucS wrote:

Excellent plants to give the N. American winter some colour Wim !

Thanks Luc,

here are two more which were flowering today:

Iris 'Cantab'
and Iris 'J.S Dijt'

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

deesen
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IRIS lazica

First of all I should say that I had written most of what follows and prepared the pics before I had seen Paul's pics higher up the page and thanks Paul for the splitting advice.

Let's have a look at what Brian Mathew says about Iris lazica in "The Iris"

Well, it grows about 15-25cm in height (roughly 6-10 inches) !! (see later); is March flowering (see later); is endemic in the Black Sea coastal regions of south west Caucasia and north east Turkey as far west as Giresun; and it grows on shady banks but is in damp conditions for most of the year.

My plant grows in full sun (when we get some) and boy does it get damp conditions for most of the year! That's maybe why my plant forms a rough square of about 36 inches(91.4cm) and is about 30 inches (76.2cm high) and that's why it needs to be split :) As far as flowering is concerned I've had it in flower in August; it's been in flower in December and the pictures of it in flower below are from February 2008. Last week it had four flowers on it but when I looked today the snails had done their worst with them.

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

Paul T
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David,

15-25cm high is WAY smaller than mine as well, and the clump size is about the same as yours I think.  It seems to get to a certain size though and then doesn't seem to expand anywhere near the same rate after that, if that is any help.  I'd be putting a shovel through it and lifting part of it out, leaving the rest of it in place if you're worried about the moving process.  That way half (or whatever amount you decide) doesn't get disturbed, while you divide up the rest.

Cheers.

Paul T.
Canberra, Australia.
Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only.

deesen
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Paul wrote:

David,

15-25cm high is WAY smaller than mine as well, and the clump size is about the same as yours I think. .........

Glad to hear that Paul, I thought I had bought a giant! I think your spade idea is the perfect remedy.

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

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