Early Summer surprises

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Sat, 11 Jun 2011 14:10:21 PDT
Dear PBS Friends,

	Seems like there's parts of the garden I give less thought to 
and get surprised when something half forgotten decides to put up 
bloom stalks and surprises me.

	Yesterday on a dry W. facing slope mostly planted with spuria 
iris I saw one large and couple small clumps of Ixiolirion tataricum 
http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…. There 
are a small ranges of shade of blue-purple, but most a fairly intense 
colors and much appreciated. I planted a dozen or more bulbs years 
ago and thought they'd all died after their first spring of bloom. I 
think each bulb bloomed, but almost none thereafter. A few have been 
mustering strength  to  bloom again, Apparently this is typical in 
nature, too. A very pleasant surprise.

	Less of a surprised but equally  impressive are a few early 
scattered blooms of English Iris, I latifolia or its selections. I 
grow two color forms 'Mont Blanc' (Clear white) and 'King of the 
Blues'. The latter is deep rich violet blue and is very lovely too. 
Both are elegant looking plants and return with little trouble. 
These grow in sun to light shade.
	There are a number of named forms of Englsh Iris, but these 
seem to be the only ones in commerce.

	Two surprises that have been willing to return reliably here 
once established.

		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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