True Winter Bloomers
True Winter Bloomers are flowers in our garden which don’t just offer a wishy washy display but actually look as if they are enjoying these cold months.
Hold on though, what’s this, Iris Reticulata Harmony, not just a stray flower here and there but actually in full bloom, giving a marvellous show to lift the spirits in these cold wintry days.
Growing Iris Reticulata Harmony.
Iris Reticulata require free draining soil, fortunately this is a South facing area of the garden where the clay soil had been generously improved.
Soil should be neutral or slightly on the alkaline side. Perhaps the acidic soil is the reason for failure of this plant in Aberdeen. Mind you, they did look good in the first season after planting but they never reappeared in the following year.
Position, said to grow North, South, East or West facing. I feel pretty sure that they are happiest of all in the sunny spot.
Reticulata grows to a height of about 15cm/6″ and in the most favoured garden spot will bloom like ours in January, they don’t last long in flower a little over two weeks on average.
We also planted a few pots up with these Iris last October. I wont keep them in the pots which will be required for Summer plants, however I will plant the bulbs in the woodland area and will let you know if it was a success.
Its now the 5th of February and the Snowdrops are in bloom, well not quite opened up as yet in our garden as you can see.
Crocus looking rather perky in the front garden for the time of year. Where we lived in Aberdeen there was a large municipal garden area smothered in Crocus. Only one year did I see it blooming in February, it didn’t give the usual stunning show that it usually gave when blooming in March, early isn’t always a good thing.
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