Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Wordless Wednesday - She's always first!


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  1. Next year I will remember to plant them... beautiful!

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    1. I forget every autumn to buy more of these bulbs too Jessica - you are not alone.

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  2. We have her on flower too - oops I keep correcting Martyn by telling him that it should be Kathleen!

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    1. Sue, I'm sure she'll forgive you. We won't tell Martyn if you don't ;)

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  3. It is the most beautiful Iris reticulata! Mine are not yet in flower.

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    1. Janneke - they are my favourite too. There is a story attached to these specific bulbs, which I will feature in a future blog.

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  4. What a beauty. And, you are enjoying such beauties already!!? Wanna swap places :-P?

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    1. Yes, these are flowering now KL - everything is thriving in the great weather we are having. I'd gladly swap places but can we wait until your weather improves ;)

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  5. I agree with everyone - she is a beauty in all her finery. I expect her to be Edwardian :-)

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    1. Shirley, it's odd how we imagine the people our plants are named after. Her name is certainly reminiscent of a grand Edwardian lady.

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    1. Short and sweet Frances, just like her :)

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  7. Oh green with envy here ! Must have a Katharine! I had o idea how early they flower. Totally beautiful.

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    1. When I first bought these Jane, I was guaranteed they'd be the first in flower. That's 3 years on the trot now she has been first. So advice was spot on!

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  8. This is a beautiful variety and very delicate looking. :)

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    1. She may look delicate Lee but I suppose has to be tough to flower so early.

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  9. Lovely, and looks really good against the box (I assume it's box...)

    Sorry about the WDM Sheffield delete (that is me in another incarnation) - damn Google cannot deal with people who run several accounts!

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    1. Julieanne - it's actually a little variegated Euonymus I picked up in Morrison's for a couple of quid. It's turning out to be quite a useful shrub. I often use it as a background when snapping plants in pots.

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  10. I would like a drift of those.

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    1. Me too Ricki - except I keep forgetting to buy more!

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  11. Hi Angie, she grows in my mountain garden and there too she's first ;)

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    1. Annette - The term Mountain Garden just fills me with delight! I was promised she'd be the first and thankfully she's not let me down.

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  12. And she's gorgeous! What a beautiful sign of coming spring. Mine never returned. :( I'm still waiting for a first bloom! Good to see yours!

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    1. Holley - it's a common complaint that these Iris don't appear for a second year, so you are not alone. Did you consider giving them a try in pots - these are grown in pots, although the ones in the ground here also come back each year.

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  13. Absolutely fabulous, I have some other varieties but must remember to try that one when the bulbs are available.

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  14. I love these little irises so much. Iris danfordiae always comes up first with me, but it has to be replaced each year. To keep Iris reticulata going it helps to plant the bulbs quite deep and to feed with a high potash feed after flowering.
    Have you tried Sheila Anne Germany? She is quite similar to Katharine and just as lovely.

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  15. Beautiful ... love the sky blue with a dash of yellow.

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    1. The blue on this flower is beautiful - you are right it matches the sky on a bright day!

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  16. One of a kind beauty! I love the blue on the petals :-)

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    1. Thanks Stephanie - I love it too :)

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  17. That is such a pretty shade of blue. I used to have iris reticulata in a previous garden. I really should get more.

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    1. Always worth growing these Alison, especially for early colour and a change from Snowdrops.

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  18. You have Good way with photography. Incredible shots!!

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    1. Thank you Akanksha and thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  19. Aaawh, lovely photo!
    My Iris reticulata are 'Harmony' and 'Pixie' and they seem to be a bit later, can’t wait to see them in flower for the first time. Do all yours come back every year or do you have to keep replacing them? If not, are the ones in the ground or in cups better at surviving?

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    1. I have Harmony too Helene, the others are always a wee bitty later. Mine come back every year - they are awkward I've heard. I have ones in ground and in containers (as is Katharine Hodgkin) - from what I can gather - getting as much sun as possible during the summer is important as is planting the bulbs deep.
      There is a tale attached to these Katharine Hodgkin bulbs - I rescued a clump of them from the ground after being covered in water for weeks. I held out no hope of their recovery but last year I got 1 flower and this year I got 2 - there are other shoots but not large enough to flower yet!
      I wish you well on getting them to return - as I said a hit or a miss.

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  20. Beautiful shot.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  21. I love that Iris! I've seen it on other blogs, too, and I've fallen for it. Beautiful photo, too. To answer your question, yes, the Lessons Learned meme will be open on March 1. I can't wait to read your post! Thanks for visiting and leaving your kind comments, Angie.

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