Monday, May 16, 2011

Fall 2011 Early Blooming Iris'

Absolute Joy (SDB)
Cat's Eye (SDB)
Circus Dragon (SDB)
Fission Chips (MDB)
We at DeVroomen, have updated our Dwarf Bearded Iris program for Fall 2011 and if you are not familiar with the Dwarf Bearded Iris let me fill you in on why these should be in your garden or part of your grower program.

First, there are 2 classifications, Miniature Dwarf and Standard Dwarf. The difference is simple, miniatures are up to 8" tall and standards or 8" to 16". Miniatures are the earliest to bloom with the standards blooming slightly later. My standards in the garden are blooming right now, and I'm loving it. I first noticed the dwarf iris when I was at the trial garden at Wisley Garden.

Raindance Returns (SDB, Rebloomer)
The new additions are Absolute Joy (SDB), Cat's Eye (SDB), Circus Dragon (SDB),  Fission Chips (MDB) and Raindance Returns (SDB, Rebloomer).

Iris  Candy Apple (SDB) we had to keep in the program from last year, it fills out our color pallette so nicely.

Candy Apple (SDB)
Let me know if you have a favorite, either one of our's or one of your own.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Trial Garden Early Winners and Losers

Echinacea 'Tomato Soup'
Well many perennials have started poking their heads out of the ground, yet alas some have not. One of the early losers is my Echinacea 'tomato soup'. Planted in the spring of 2009, I was surprised and delighted to see it come back with vigor in 2010. Yesterday I have determined that it has not returned to see 2011. It was planted in a dry, sunny spot in the garden where it should have thrived. I am not entirely disappointed, since the color of this although nice when first open, faded quickly. This is the best photo I had since it didn't grow all that well. Echinacea 'hot papaya on the other hand looks to be doing wonderfully, planted in the spring of 2010, I can't wait to see those blooms.