Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Quality Over Quantity
One of the hardest things I have to do in my gardens is to make up my mind what iris to order every year. There are so many beautiful ones to choose from that it is a mind boggling task to narrow it down to a few favorites, at least for me. Should I get a bunch of them or one or two really fabulous new introductions? It is the nature of the iris industry that there are a few new introductions that are brought out every year and the cost on them can run anywhere from $35 to $75 for a single rhizome. That is because they are so easy to propagate that the rare become common very quickly. The ones that I coveted many years ago that I could not afford are now in the $4 bins. Some years I go for collections which are put together by the growers and offered at a discount. That is fun because someone else is making the decision for you and it is like opening a present when they bloom. Some years I go on 'kicks' like one time that I ordered all the very, very dark purple ones. One time I ordered only rebloomers. The iris in the picture above was a new introduction I purchased a few years ago that had never bloomed. I had forgotten where it was planted and watched every new iris open in anticipation of my 'Paul Black'. What a thrill it was this morning to go out and find 'him' there to greet me!
Ed. Note: This iris has a wonderful scent too!