From China, Iris setosa alba
From Alaska. I. setosa
Over the past few years I've
Over the past few years I've been growing seed from the Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris... since none are available in the nursery trade here in eastern Canada (likely due to questionable hardiness). Last summer, the first of my plants went out in the landscape, an open pollinated seedling of 'Canyon Snow'. Naturally this past winter ended up being the coldest here in decades (weeks where the daytime high was no higher than -15C, and several mornings at -21C. Canyon Snow survived (planted on the south side of a large rock, protected from prevailing winds), but not without plenty of browning of last year's foliage. Amazingly it is getting ready to bloom.
Other seedlings were kept in the unheated greenhouse. and went out in the elements earlier this year. Most from the 2012-13 seed exchange, are getting ready to put on a show. The first to bloom is a primary hybrid of Iris innominata x Iris tenax, and I couldn't be happier with the result. Apparently it may be the first Pacific Iris to bloom in Nova Scotia. I hope to hybridize some of the Pacific Iris plants with species of the sino-siberian group to increase hardiness, ideally without losing the intricate beauty of the Pacific Irises.
Gordon, good luck on your
Really nice, Rick. Hmm, I
Thanks Rick, hopefully the
Iris sanguinea hybrid - While the flower form is very similar to the species, the growth habit certainly isn't.
Iris attica seed pods
These are plants grown from seed from a clear pink form of Iris setosa. I guess we know what color is dominant here! I grew six plants and all were normal color.
Lovely. The Iris attica seed
Lovely. The Iris attica seed pods are very interesting!
Rick, I've just been
Rick, I've just been wondering about your last two pictures, are you certain they are Iris setosa? I'm no expert but they do look like Iris spuria to me.
Unlike many other times when
Unlike many other times when I am guilty of taking a given name for granted, I am certain those are Iris setosa. The seed came from Todd Boland, research horticulturist at St. John's Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden. And this is pic of Iris setosa I grew from seed collected in the wild near Kenai, Alaska. I think if you google Iris spuria, you'll see they are very different. Iris setosa has almost no standards. Iris spuria does.
Lovely little Irises Rick. I lost all mine to virus a couple of years ago but must start again at some time.