Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010 Wish List #8 --- Reblooming Bearded Irises

Photo © Ted Baker

My love for old fashioned flowers is never ending.

Photo © Ted Baker

I think of my plantings as “Grandma’s Garden” plants.

The new things are wonderful, but I look for the hard to find… not on every landscapers list plants.


One of my favorite things to do is getting plants from old homesteads.  My local garden club is also wonderful to pass along old varieties of wonderful plants.

This is a continuation of my 1st item on my wish list…. Variegated Iris.  You can see that post here .   It also shows some of the irises I already have in my garden.

I haven't found the variegated irises yet, but here is some irises I purchased on eBay!

The following 4 varieties came from this seller….Check it out.

Painted Cloud – Reblooming Bearded Iris

Best Bet – Reblooming Bearded Iris

Pass The Wine – Reblooming Iris

Clarence - Reblooming Bearded Iris

And one I ordered more of, but already had a bit of…. Immortality Reblooming Bearded Iris.  It was a deal I could not pass up….

5 starts for $6.00 (included shipping!)

If you have read my posts, you know I love a deal!

So why is this still a wish list if I have them?

Because I want the to REBLOOM in the fall!!!

So please, if you are an iris person, tell me… is there a secret?

Or is it a wait and see/ depends on the year thing.

I’d love to know…. until then…..

I am going to enjoy planning on where their new homes will be!

Happy Gardening…..Brooke


  1. I am an iris person. But I'm sorry -- I can't help you because I'm more of an iris wannabe than someone with any great knowledge of iris planting.

    I've successfully planted 2 kinds of iris so far; however, the other 3 I planted have never shown up! I read that they like to have their feet wet; but no one I know has planted them near water nor do they water them any more than the rest of their plants.

    I do add rich compost in the spring to all my beds. And I'm gonna keep on trying to get them to grow more prolifically. Maybe patience is the real trick?

    I love the varieties you've shown. So, if you hear anything useful OR if I hear anything useful, let's inform each other.

    Good luck!

  2. Love the Iris field...I will take all of the Iris information I can get...my goodness you bought some beauties..love the second one.

  3. Hi Brooke~~

    Beautiful flowers! Don't you love those names? 'Pass the Wine' ...too cute.

    There is no secret to getting them to rebloom. You just have to grow cultivars that are bred to rebloom. Catalogs will specify which are. Then just planting them in conditions they prefer.

    Your sign cracked me up. My hubby doesn't go to the nursery with me, ever! Talk about a killjoy. I love him but a gardener he's not.

  4. Hello,
    I agree with the lady who said you have to buy the kind that re-bloom. I have quite a few Iris's..and I love them, their so beautiful in the spring, although I never plant them in wet or soggy soil, for me they thrive better in not so good of soil, my biggest problem is iris borers..those nasty little critters have attacked in the past a few of my best Iris's in my yard..grrrr, I ended up throwing away the whole section of the plant parts they gobbled on, I didn't want to take any chances, in the past I have dug them out and cleaned them with a mild bleach solution, but eggs must of remained and the borers came back with a vengence the following year..LOL. You could also try Siberian Iris's, although they don't seem to have the same whomp effect as the German Iris's do for me anyway, but all in all I guess we have to just enjoy their brief but beautiful show they give us.
    Happy gardening Rene~


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