These iris recovered from the hail better than anticipated. We had a severe wind storm with accompanying hail. Although the plants were whipped around, pounded by frozen ice, and bent by sticks landing on them, most bounced back nicely. Afterwards, I played the willow tree’s favourite game – pick up sticks. The willow never grows tired of this game. I play this weekly with this tree, but this time we had a longer session.
This iris has very pretty purplish blue flowers. You can see the unopened dark blue bud just behind, which is attractive in its own right. The petals are slightly streaked from the hail, but not bad.
I only have a small section of this perennial and they have not been consistent bloomers. That might be because the Campanula glomerata (clustered bellflower) was invading its territory. C. glomerata does not respect other plant’s personal space. I’ve removed a lot of the clustered bellflower from the area which might have helped the iris, since it didn’t even bloom last year. This year it has the most buds ever, about 8. However, the yellow and maroon iris which are nearby, never have a problem blooming. It’s also possible that this iris does not do as well in semi-shade, or is just not as vigorous. If it were any larger, I would divide it, and try it in a different area.
The standards on these yellow iris weren’t standing upright after the storm. They were pretending they were falls, but enough new blooms opened that it’s not really noticeable. This 4.5 metre (15 foot) bed of iris goes across the front of the deck. When it’s flowering, this yellow iris is dense with blossoms. I like this plant in a large group as a cloud of yellow. You can see this iris combined with clustered bellflower here.
These two iris have such different personalities. Although I love the colour of the blue one, it is not as hardy. It has stayed about the same size for seven years, and some years it is hardly noticeable. The faithful yellow and maroon iris seems to thrive, spread and bloom no matter where I put it. I wish I knew the names of these two. Do you have a favourite iris?