So when I came down with the Iris Virus this year, of course it would not do but I had to grow iris from seed. In trying to identify so many of my No I.D. ("noids") iris, I learned that there are a seemingly infinite variety of them! My favorite is and always will be the tall bearded, but I have a few of the different kinds now. And most of these are in part to my little trays of seedlings.
Here are few photos of the "lab" where I have tended the trays and fussed over the little green sprouts. They will need potting up and careful nursing through a blistering summer. But by fall, they should be strong enough to plant in the beds out front.
|The nursery! (a.k.a. the labORatory. hwaahahaha...)|
|Red flag iris, blue flag, and some Siberians.|
|A tiny rose, black sage shrubs, senna corymbosa, and a squirrel planted palm tree I dug up.|
|Tropical milkweed, for the monarchs.|
|Aren't they sweet?|
I think this has been a lesson in patience. It's usually two to three years from seed to bloom with these babies! Here's hoping I will see blooms in a couple of years.