Sunday, July 7

Oops

At the end of last year I thought I had planted some iris reticulata in our pebble garden bed. In my mind I had a picture of how I thought the bed would look when the irises came into flower but I have to admit this wasn't the picture that I had in my head.
It would appear that something has gone wrong here - these are definitely not any sort of reticulata are they? I did wonder when all I had in spring was a bit of grass-like growth.

Don't get me wrong - the flowers are very pretty.

But they don't really fit in here so when they have finished flowering they will be moved to a more appropriate position - maybe in the front flower bed where I already have a few Dutch irises.

Then I'll just have to try again for some reticulata and hope that this time I get it right!

16 comments:

  1. They do look very pretty but I think I have to agree with you in the positioning. So do you think you were sold the wrong thing or was the error down to you??

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    1. I don't really know Tanya. They were in the free mix that I got from Spalding and described as small irises. I took that to mean dwarf irises such as reticulata as I think these are just 'normal' sized Dutch irises.

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  2. Nice pictures, love the close ups and the stone/gravel layout is super too.

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    1. I wonder if I should call them weeds, Rooko, being a plant in the wring place?

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    2. Something similar happened to me, but in this case it was my fault. I thought I had bought small Dutch irises but instead some tall (beautiful, blue and yellow) irises came up. I went back to the label and they were indeed Dutch irises and the label did say 22", but I had small irises on the mind and never paid attention to the height when I bought them. I now need to move them.

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    3. Isn't it disappointing Alain? Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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  3. Snap. Had the exact same problem, bought reticularta & they came up some other type. Think some company must have put wrong labels on their bulbs

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    1. It seems it isn't such a rare problem then, Liz

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  4. Well, I sowed a lot of marigold seeds outside our kitchen window and found an iris in there this year! Maybe there's a guerrilla iris gardener about :-)

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    1. The mind boggles Belinda! Could be worse!

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  5. I actually have no clue what sort of Iris they are, I can't get past your healthy Hostas lol, I have a thing about Hostas and love seeing them looking so healthy in Terracotta pots :)

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    1. Those hostas are incredibly slug damage free, Linda whereas the ones on the other side of the pond which are supposed to be the sort that are more resistant to slug damage have been badly nibbled. All very strange

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  6. I have lots of plants in the wrong place, it seems to be an annual occurrence....but I have to say....yours do look really pretty!!And those Hosta's....struth....how DO you keep the slugs at bay???? xxxx

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    1. Other hostas in the garden aren't as slug free, Snowbird. I have copper bands round the pots, maybe some left over vaseline round the pot when I smeared them last year, I also have some repellent granules on the compost and maybe still some poodle wool. They also are often sitting in a saucer of water!!

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  7. I don't really know how to compare Iris but they are really lovely! Anyway I have few plants planted at wrong location too! ;)

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    1. They'll be looking lovely elsewhere next year, Malar

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