Acknowledgements

I would like to sincerely thank the following people for their generosity in allowing me to take up their time, either with taking photographs, lending me photographs, checking over a specific chapter, or freely sharing their knowledge. In Australia, Barry and Lesley Blyth at Tempo Two. In California, George and Margaret Sutton and Lorraine and Gordon Nicholson. In Oregon, Keith Keppel for passing a critical eye over the photographs David Schreiner, Paul Black, Thomas Johnson, Jim and Vicki...

Part One Bearded Irises

Dead Iris Rhizome

The bearded iris gains its name from the line ofthick hairs that emerges from the throat of the flower. These hairs form a long, furry caterpillar towards the back of the falls, and their purpose is to guide insects, such as bees, towards the pollen. Bearded irises are the largest group with the greatest number of cultivated varieties. They are also the most popular group of irises for garden use. In the wild, bearded irises grow in an area that stretches from the Mediterranean to Southeast...

Gardeners Encyclopedia Claire Austin

Tall Bearded Iris Concertina

Library of Congress Cataloguing-in-Publication Data Irises a gardener's encyclopedia Claire Austin foreword by James W. Waddick. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-88192-730-9 hardcover 1. Irises Plants I. Title. SB413.I8.A973 2005 635.9'3438 dc22 A catalogue record for this book is also available from the British Library. Half title page Iris 'Concertina' frontispiece Iris 'Kingfisher' above Iris 'Circus Dancer'. All photos by author unless otherwise indicated....

Japanese Iris Roots

Water Iris Roots

Irises, the Rainbow Flower a Rainbow , Flower-de-Luce Around the world, approximately 270 iris species are known plus hundreds of subspecies, collected forms, and natural hybrids. All come from the Northern Hemisphere and can be found growing as far north as Scandinavia and as far south as Florida, from Europe to Japan, as well as in many parts of North America. Their habitats range from mountainsides to deserts, open grasslands, dense woodland, and sandy coastal areas. Irises grow from 5 to...

Tall Bearded Irises

Arthur Bliss Irises

Of all the irises found in gardens, the Tall Bearded irises are the most common and certainly the most dramatic. They are the last group of bearded irises to bloom, producing large three-dimensional flowers on strong stems high above broad, sword-shaped leaves. Each stem can be branched up to four times, with the most modern varieties producing as many as 13 flowers in one flowering session. The blooming period usually begins as the Intermediate Bearded irises start to fade and continues for...