Today I have chosen to think about the beardless Siberian iris. It is such a cold, gray winter day that I needed to think about something cheerful, that presents no problems. The Siberian iris family fills the bill.
When I say they present no problems I am also saying that I have good conditions for these beautiful irises. I have acid soil, and while they can take dry periods well, they welcome generous water. In Heath there was always rain in the early spring which is the most vital time for the growth of the Siberian iris. It takes a good soil and adequate water to grow that foliage and set flowers. Mulching will also support their growth.
Siberian irises mostly bloom in shades of blue, purple and white, but there are some unusual hybrids. ‘Solar Energy’ appears with shades of yellow and ‘Sandy River Belle’ is pale pink with a splash of yellow at the center. You get a sense of the range of color by browsing through a catalog like Schreiners Iris Gardens. I found an amazing array of Siberian irises in Beardless Irises: A Plant for Every Garden Situation by Kevin C. Vaughn.
I do not have any Siberians with unusual colors, but I love the blues and white. However spring will come, and I very well may need more Siberian irises.
I don’t know how these irises got into the edge of our field, but I think they continue to thrive with great exuberance because this is a wet spot.
The white Siberians have been growing among the increasing weeds around the dug well behind the Heath house. These are tough plants – and a pleasure to think about on a dull winter day.