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Iris Boo

By Markham – 1971

They don’t come any cuter than Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB) Iris “Boo”.  She doesn’t get any taller than 12 inches.  An amoena, which means that the standards are white and the falls are colored. In this case there is a crescent shaped purple spot on the falls with detailed veining and penciling near the beards, which are yellow. This cutie won the award of merit in 1976. They are early bloomers and you may want to get down close to smell the sweet fragrance.

Parentage:   Elisa Bee X Warburton 72IJ-1: ((Fairy Flax x Blue Denim) x sibling)

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Iris Neglecta

Collected by Hornemann – 1813

This Historic TB Iris is something of an enigma. If I remember the story goes that it was originally thought to be a species I. Neglecta but some believe that it was a naturally occurring hybrid between I. variegata and I. pallida or possibly I variegata and sambucina. There are multiple species of iris growing wild around the Mediterranean and it is uncertain if they are varieties or hybrid crosses of each other.  It was first sold commercially by Biltmore Nursery Iris Catalog in 1912. This little guy has probably under gone some natural selection over the last 200 years as well because you will notice that varieties of this selection sold by different sources are often not exactlyIris Neglecta (3)1 alike. To confuse things even more the title “Neglecta” has come to be used to name a “class” of iris that have a bi-tone color pattern featuring blue and white. Characteristics that this iris should show include dark rich purple falls that are netted with white and lavender standards. The beards are yellow. By today’s standards these would most likely be considered Miniature Tall Bearded. Although they are 2.5 feet tall the flowers are smaller than modern Tall Bearded Iris. They have a delicate form that is beautiful in a light wind.

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Iris Wabash

By Williamson – 1936, Dorothy Dietz X Cantabile.

This historic heirloom became popular in the 40’s and was one of the most popular irises of the time. A beautiful Tall Bearded Iris with snowy white standards that providing a striking contrast to the ultramarine falls finished by a white piping that brightens the margin. They have a light sweet fragrance when they bloom in early June.  Winning the Dykes Memorial medal in 1940 is what really kicked off their popularity. This extremely vigorous variety is great because it will continue to bloom even if it becomes overcrowded.  Wabash is from Indiana where the Williamson’s owned the Longfield Iris Farm, in Bulffton Indiana. This Iris is named after the Wabash River and there is a town of the same name. The river was named for the Indian name Wa-ba-shi-ki which means “bright white”. The Iris farm closed in the late 1950’s, but if you are in Indiana be sure to see the Williamson/Cook Memorial Iris garden.

Bright Hour looks a lot like Wabash, but does not have the reddish purple flushing of the foliage at the base.

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Siberian Iris Snow Queen

Collected in Japan by Barr in 1900.

An oldie but a goodie; this variety has pure white flowers with bright yellow in the throat.  They are held high over attractive blue green foliage that is about 2 feet tall.  Hardy to zone 4 this variety even looks good in the winter with its rust fall foliage and attractive seed pods.

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Iris Immortality

By Zurburigg – 1982

Iris immortality

Iris immortality

Tall bearded; 2 ½ – 3 feet tall; zone 3

Pure white with gold tipped beards.

This re-blooming iris will sometimes re-bloom even in northern WI which is unusual. Sweet fragrance.

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Iris I Do

By L. Zurbrigg, R. – 1973.

Iris I Do

Iris I Do

My notes from when I first got this plant say that this is a seedling of Immortality. Another source listed it as Grand Baroque x Amy and by Avonbank 1974.

In any case it is a tall bearded iris. It is 30”-32” tall for us and blooms early to mid-season. It is re-blooming to some extent and more vigorous than it parent. The color of both standards and falls is near white with slight cast of violet and/or greenish yellow, depending on the light. Really, it’s pretty white. The white beard is tipped in pale yellow and the flower is fuller and more ruffled.

I first got this plant, years ago, as a wedding present for a friend. It did so well that in a few years she gave me some back. Both of us have given it many times since for wedding showers and bridesmaid’s gifts.

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Iris Frost Echo

By Aitken; 1995

Iris Frost Echo

Iris Frost Echo

Tall bearded (TB); 2 ½ – 3 feet tall; zone 3

White to very pale lavender. The buds have lavender tinges and the beards are also white.

Re-blooms and has a sweet spicy fragrance.

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Iris Alene’s Other Love

By Dean – 1993

This standard dwarf bearded (SDB) iris is very difficult to describe…you really need to look at the picture.  It is lavender, cream and tan or straw colored all kind of blended together with very dark purple shooting up from the base.  The sky blue beards top it off with a stunning yet calming result. At 12 plus inches it she is tall for a SDB with a wide flat form the standards form a ball while the falls don’t fall they are held straight out to the side.

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Bleeding Heart – Dicentra spectabilis

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding heart has attractive mounded foliage with arching stems of delicate, heart-shaped flowers in spring. It thrives in moist woodland gardens along with ferns and other shade-lovers.  They are deer resistant and this is the old fashioned variety favored for cottage gardens that has pink hearts and white teardrops falling from them.  The plant is ephemeral which means that the foliage will die back after they flower and reappear the next spring.  You may notice seedlings; transplant them to a desired spot.

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Allium Tuberosum – Garlic chives

I would not be without this fabulous herb. It’s a must for anyone who loves of garlic. They are great in salads, stir fries, eggs with vegetables and especially in Asian inspired soups. Sometimes the plant is called Chinese chives or leeks.  The leaves are best when harvested young. They are flat rather than round like regular chives. The white flowers are also edible and add a subtle garlic flavor to salads. They bloom later in summer than a standard chive. The seeds can be used for sprouting, another delicious salad additive that you can save for winter when the flowers are no longer available.  They to self-sow readily so be sure to cut the seed heads before the seeds fall if you start to get too many.  I keep this beauty in my white garden. They flower all the way until frost, when not much else is blooming.  The bees and butterflies love them too. They draw the pollinators to the garden like a magnet. I’d have them for this reason alone.  These plants are super low maintenance. The only thing I do to them is remove the dead foliage in spring and cut off the seed heads to prevent over production.

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