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04/09/2013 at 12:33

Hi all,

I moved house a few weeks back ... getting to grips with the garden slowly.  I have an iris, probably bearded, growing right at the base of a large magnolia.  I have no idea what colour it is because it flowered long before I became custodian of the garden. 

Should I lift it and move it to improve it's chance of survival or should I take a risk, leave it and see if I can get the seed pod on it to ripen giving me the chance of raising some more from seed?  I have a bit of a thing about growing from seed but I guess I would be taking a risk on the quality of the blooms on the new plants.

Would love to hear your opinions, Lil.

04/09/2013 at 12:36

I'd cut the seed pod off and get it out into some sun.

04/09/2013 at 12:55

I shareyouthing about growing from seed Lil and would probably save the seed now it's got this far.

I reckon fidgetbones' advice is the best for long term plant survival though

05/09/2013 at 12:58

Hmmm ... still deliberating.  There's unfortunately not a lot in the way of flowers and shrubs in my new garden that are worth saving so maybe I'll put my growing from seed thing away and try and save the plant.  I will have bolly and ivy by the bucket load at Christmas and I did uncover a beautiful hibiscus last weekend from under the nettles, brambles and comfey, so it's not all bad.

Nutcutlet, I'd be a seed swapper if there was something in the garden other than weed seeds to swap .

05/09/2013 at 13:14

Save me a glass of Bolly

05/09/2013 at 13:15

What seeds would you like.?

also, the garden centre group have reduced all their flower and veg seeds to 50p a packet. Check the dates on the back. Foil wrapped seeds will be fine for next year.

05/09/2013 at 13:46

Thi slate in teh season I'd let the seed pod ripen and sow the seeds.  The best time to lift and divide irises is immediately after flowering so I would wait till it's flowered next year to move it and then you can see what colour it is.  

05/09/2013 at 14:34

Lilamber, I've sent seeds to people with no swaps, they sent me an SAE instead of seeds

09/09/2013 at 14:12

Always keep a bottle of Bolly in the fridge  ... auto-correct strikes again.  About time my broadband provider got their act together and got me back online.

Big decision made as I'm taking out the magnolia so the iris has been lifted (awaits gasps of disbelief).  It's for the greater good I promise.

I've picked up a few packets of seeds from the local garden center but most of the good stuff had gone.  I'm mainly looking for perennials to restock the garden ... pretty much anything I can get my hands on.  We have a reasonably large garden with around 10 trees, mature shrubs and weeds that go on for miles.  The garden has been well loved in the past with amazingly good soil that seems to drain fantastically for being on clay but very few perennials and bulbs have survived.

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