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A wonderful relief from the Winter blahs, Reticulata Iris are one of the first flowers to bloom - right when the snow is melting.
They should be planted 3" (8 cm) deep in well drained soil (a touch deeper is fine). They don't mind snow melt in the Spring, but don't like to be near a downpipe in Summer.
Plant about the same distance apart. Resist the urge to plant too close together. If you've given them the right conditions they will form clumps.
After two years or so, plant 1/2 in another area of the garden. A shaded location will mean the flowers there will bloom slightly later, giving a longer bloom season.
If you run into problems, you can try building a modest-size mound on top of your garden and plant them in that.
Alternatively, dig them up just as the levaes are starting to go brown. Let them dry, then store in meshed bags in a cool location, ready for planting in the fall.
Remember new bulbs are forming at the base of each leaf. They represent next year's bloom. So don't go ripping them out and wonder why you don't have flowers next year.
The longer they stay green, the bigger the bulbs will be. Generally bulbs over 1 cm in diameter sould bloom.

It never hurts to Get a Jump on Spring - buy a pot or two of different varieties to enjoy indoors.


White Caucasus

One of the last varieties to bloom.


White Caucasus
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Spot On

The fall spot comes from its Iris bakeriana parent. In a sense Spot On is a purple Iris bakeriana.
2015 Award: Preliminary Commendation


Spot On (87-DQ-1)
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Spot On (87-DQ-1)
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Preliminary Commendation
Spot On (87-DQ-1)

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Scent不ational

Officially registered as Scent Sational, since special characters are not allowed.


Scent不ational
87-BB-1

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Scent不ational
87-BB-1

Armenian Caucasus Retic x {'J.S. Dijt' & 'Purple Gem'}



Eye Catcher

A second generation hybrid involving Iris danfordiae
2015 Award: Preliminary Commendation


Eye Catcher (98-NP-4)
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Preliminary Commendation
Eye Catcher (98-NP-4)

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Amazing

Some bulbs were mixed in with Eye Catcher as a result of the original Dutch grower


Amazing (00-KN-1)
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Amazing (00-KN-1)
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Sunshine

2015 Award: Preliminary Commendation


Preliminary Commendation
Sunshine (00-HW-1)

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00-HW-1

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Sea Breeze


Sea Breeze (00-KN-5)
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North Star


North Star (00-BC-1)
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Splish Splash


Splish Splash (00-KN-6)
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Mars Landing


Mars Landing (00-KV-3)
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Orange Glow

The orange/apricot colour is most intense when the flowers first open. The "oranginess" quickly fades, but is still quite nice. There is a slight intensity around the end of the fall


Orange Glow (98-OO-1)
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Orange Glow
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Sea Green


Award of Merit
Sea Green (97-CQ-1)

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Sea Green (97-CQ-1 Later)
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Storm


Preliminary Commendation
Storm (98-NP-2)

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Storm
98-NP-2

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Velvet Smile


Velvet Smile
87-CQ-3

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Regal


Regal (98-NP-9)
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