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June 13, 2011

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plantman

What a weird year. My leopard's bane is just about done and my irises are just coming up.

Calgary Garden Coach

I don't know if it's that weird, actually! I notice big differences in bloom times for the same plant depending on what areas of the yard they are in. If your leopard's bane is in a sunnier spot than mine, and your irises in a shadier spot, that would totally make sense. Also, these are dwarf irises which bloom earlier than the big ones.
Cheers,
Janice

plantman

My LB is next to the irises, but usually the irises are done by now. They're dwarf irises too.

I think it's just because March and April were sooo cold this year.

Calgary Garden Coach

I have erased this spring from my memory. Too painful! ;-)

Jamie Keifer

Ooohh, I've never tired planting Irises YET. But upon seeing your wonderful garden I just might proceed on plating one in my garden. I think I'd take a hiatus from orchids for a while and start on garden plants on the soil and not on pots.

Calgary Garden Coach

Yes, try them, Jamie! They're super hardy, drought tolerant, easy to grow, fragrant, and provide great texture when not in bloom. Their only drawback is perhaps that their bloom period is not very long, but I think all the other advantages outweigh this.
Cheers,
Janice

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