So over that past year I've been collecting recycled lumber where ever and whenever I could scavenge it. My plan was to build three more long rows at the back of the house on another slope, where the weeds have thrived amid the few apple trees.
Here is the process from start to finish (well maybe not finished yet).
|Lumber laid out, from south view|
|Same from north angle - perfect gentle slope for drainage|
|Two ends tacked together|
|Frames in place and screwed together.|
|Five truckloads of good topsoil - on the hottest days of the year. Thank goodness the pool is right there.|
|Red cedar mulch (the most expensive component of all).|
|Some of the irises, moved from the established bed. The left row is for some new ones.|
There is great debate about planting depth with irises. You are supposed to plant, so that the toes (rhizomes) are sticking out of the ground to allow the summer sun to bake them. This aids is the production of flower buds the following year. However I tend to bury the rhizomes a bit, as they anchor in better, and eventually find their way to the top, once established anyway. I would rather sacrifice bloom the second season, and have them firmly established. They will also frost heave that first winter, which is extremely hard on newly planted irises.
You will notice the top row is empty. A few shekels just crossed the border to Schreiners Irises in Oregon for some of their new introductions. I went to get into breeding irises as a hobby, and we have sold rhizomes for several years, so I can always justify a little expenditure in that regard.
For those of you who are relative newcomers to my blog, you can check out some of our existing varieties at: Early Irises , Mid-season Irises and Late Season Irises
|Last year's efforts, what the new beds should look like by this time next year. The tall blue flower in the background is actually the missus, striding by.|
And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.