Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:25
Wintersong, i find it is best to buy online and have my plants delivered as i have no transport and the only other alternative is buying on coach trips and risking having the plants put in the hold. But i do buy from specialists and the biggest plant i cam afford if it is not something i can grow from seed like a special rose. Cuttings are easy if you have a willing donor.
I have been feeling guilty about not taking time to enlarge on irises so TY Fairygirl. There are so many species of iris that there are whole books devoted to them, some beautifully illustrated, available at the library. My year starts with the bulbous ones which are very small with large heads -- Iris reticulata varieties mostly, Iris unguiculatis is a little igger and flowers in Bristol from months on end from November onwards, right through winter and spring. You probably know our native yellow Iris pseudocorus which resides in bogs and ponds all over the country and therelots of other species that like boggy conditions. The bearded irises love to bake in the sun and there are whole nurseries devoted to growing those in their many varieties. I saw a lovely Iris japonica in the Bristol botanic garden yesterday which has smaller flowers than the normal big ones. It is white so the sun being out the pic is not so good, but worth seening the difference. its strappy leaves are taller than the flower stems, a bit like Iris unguiculatis.