Sunday, June 11, 2006

Got a more sensuous flower?

I don't know about you but this Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata' takes the prize for having a sensuous flower. The fragrance is typically iris - a light floral fragrance - but the flower is all curves and light like your very first girlfriend.

Taking care of it is so darned easy and it has resisted all the wind in my garden over the past few days (considerable) to keep standing upright. I'm going to propagate this one for sure and give it a bit of a clump in the mixed perennial border.

Propagating is easy and in another month to six weeks after flowering, I'll dig up the clump and break up the corm so that every bit has a bit of a green leaf - a fan - and some roots. Replanting right away will let it establish itself nicely before fall and put on some growth.

There's always a balancing act with iris propagation. You can get a LOT of iris plants (with corresponding fewer flowers) if you take small chunks. Or you can get fewer plants with flowers. It depends on whether you have the self control to go without flowers for a year while the plant is growing.

We'll see how much control I have in another month or so.


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