There are a number of Iris Reticulata, I always favoured the form Harmony until I came across Katharine Hodgkin, now I cant quite make up my mind.
Blooming in our garden from late February, much at the same time as the Snowdrops.
I fell out with these little beauties for a while. No matter where in the garden I planted them they only flowered for the one year.
I know that in some parts of the country reticulata do indeed survive and multiply.
Here in our Aberdeen garden they perform best of all planted in tubs early October and left outdoors where they will look great from late February for three weeks or so.
As you can gather I now treat these dwarf iris as annual plants discarding them as I do with Tulips. Not so bad though as they are very inexpensive.
I planted two tubs of Katharine Hodgkin for this year and placed them just outside our kitchen window they are looking terrific.
Introduced in 1958 by Eliot Hodgkin, a grower of rare bulbs, this Iris was named after his wife Katharine. Some experts describe the Iris Katharine Hodgkin as being quite unique and question the parentage and even suggest that it may not belong in the family of Reticulata.
The flowers approximately 15cm/6″ tall with dusky pale blue grey petals splashed with a touch of yellow will truly delight and likely make you add them to your wish list.
• Hardiness – Hardy, grow in containers in Aberdeen
• Soil – most soil types, free draining
• Position – Full sun/partial shade
• Mail order
I received an e-mail recently enquiring if I would care to write a little about these outdoor lanterns. In doing so I would receive a couple of them free of charge.
Well, I don’t hear it so often these days since Aberdeen became one of the most prosperous cities in the UK, all to do with the discovery of oil in the north sea. Anyway folk used to say we were greedy — an Aberdonian would sell his granny for sixpence and there were even postcards showing an empty city centre with the slogan (Aberdeen on a flag day)
By now you will have gathered that I accepted the offer of the freebie, on the other hand the way I am going about it they may ask for them to be returned.
I mean, I could have just said I came across these lanterns and they were a great bargain. No, I couldn’t do that, we may be tight but we are honest.
They are described as linear, I think that means, similar, matching, two of a kind, well something like that. The fashionable rust look means they will never really age.
See how good they look and they are rather sturdy, only £14.99 for the pair. They are not exactly going to illuminate the back garden but I really like them, in fact I am off to actually purchase another pair of them using real money this time.
Order from Jo Alexander
I am also at the moment accepting offers of
Panasonic Viera 50″ smart 3D TV
New A class Mercedes Benz and any other offers of a similar ilk.
November till the end of February gave us short spells of two or three moderate falls of snow, nothing to get very excited about.
Just when you think you can put it behind you March 13th we woke up to a winter wonderland, hard to appreciatte and certainly hope it clears quickly.
We always treat snow in March or April as if it were something alien to us however I have seen snow here in the month of May.
Katharine Hodgkin, seems like she can cope.