A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Weirdness Chronicles 2006, Chapter Two

Aren't these iris lovely? They are part of the original bunch that I split up and planted all over. They started out as just a root or two and look what they have become! Breathtaking. . . They are also growing in full shade. Let me repeat that in case you didn't hear me the first time:

They are growing in full shade.

That little bit of dappled sunlight in the photo is all that they get and it is just for an hour or two each morning. The rest of the day, they are in deep shade.


At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Reading Dirt said...

There are a few species of Iris that will grow in the shade. Iris cristata (crested iris) takes light shade, whilce Iris sibirica can take full sun or partial shade. I'm not sure what you've got there in the picture, if they're bearded iris or what. My bearded iris and Dutch iris that came with the house are growing in partial shade. Iris are pretty tough and more tolerant that we often give them credit for.

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