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05/03/2014 at 19:45

So, not only are Peter Beales great for Roses but it seams they're great for Irises too! 

These came today. I couldn't believe how big they were for the price. I was expecting a quarter of the size. There's just four here.

 They came with instructions and labels too! Great service. I gave them a quick soak before I put some compost round them. I probably didn't need to but I'm sure it won't hurt. The compost isn't very wet. Won't get a chance to plant them til the week end. 

05/03/2014 at 20:06

Which varieties are they Jim? I love Irises and have several deep purples. 'Night Owl' is my favourite.

05/03/2014 at 21:10

Evening all. Those Irises look spectacular. 

Mike - that's terrible about the Beale's family. 

05/03/2014 at 22:56

wise words indeed Mike. Unlike Mr Monty Don, " just dig a hole 6 inches deep and plant them"


06/03/2014 at 07:31

Monty's instructions here are spot on 

And yes, the Beales family have had a very sad time of late   

The firm is local to me and I think they're one of the best there is.

06/03/2014 at 11:55

Hi FG, they're a species - Iris pallida pallida (Iris pallida dalmatica) sorry. I prefer to buy a species if I can rather than a variety because I like the natural variation you get and you know you can propagate from seed. Having said that, these are probably all a clone, so an un-named variety. I love Irises. I resisted the temptation to buy more than the native flag and I. foetidissima for almost 4 years then I cracked and bought I. sibirica, and now pallida. For one of my projects at college I designed a whole garden based solely on Irises. I didn't get a very good mark though, not really surprising if your lecturer doesn't like Irises.  I didn't care I had great fun.

06/03/2014 at 11:57

Dove, I remember Monty planting Irises last year and didn't think there was anything wrong with his advice. Mine are better than his though. He obviously didn't follow his own advice about buying from Peter Beales.

06/03/2014 at 12:47

I'd have to know what colours they are-  it's the control freak in me. There's certain colours I just won't have in the garden! 

I just bought some Chrysographes last week Jim. Have always wanted them as they are so dark. I can't resist really dark purple varieties 

06/03/2014 at 13:37

Oh, they are gorgeous, I'm not normally a fan of 'black' flowers but I can really appreciate their magnificence. A species though is usually pretty much guaranteed to be one colour, not exact but that's what I like, pallida pallida is a lovely sky blue, now if you want to get all romantic, a Italian midsummer sky the kind you'd get on a Filippo Lippipainting.

06/03/2014 at 16:48

Blimey Jim- you're getting  carried away there! 

I like my Italian skies in person rather than in plants though. Actually I don't like 'blue' flowers at all unless they're purple -  and dark. More Van Gogh turbulent indigo than religious fresco...

18/03/2014 at 17:44

Sorry FG I only just got this notification. You don't like blue flowers? Wow, they are my favourite. 

18/03/2014 at 17:50

Don't really like blue at all Jim - in anything really - apart from the sky!  

18/03/2014 at 18:02

Dove, I agree, Monty Don's advice is correct.

18/03/2014 at 18:08

It's spot on art. 

18/03/2014 at 18:40

So, for fear of sounding 10 FG, what's your favourite colour?

18/03/2014 at 20:10

As far as flower colour's concerned Jim, I'd say purple, but green is my favourite colour - for anything really. The colour of the garden!  

21/03/2014 at 14:48

Received an email from Peter Beale's Roses this morning to remind me that they have a sale of bare rooted roses at present....just three days left if anyone were interested.

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