Things are calming down

For the plant lover spring and early summer can be a very busy time. Since late May Ric and I have been to Oregon & Missouri to look at new varieties of irises and peonies. Sadly the peonies in Missouri had come and gone by the time we arrived due to an early spring, but those in Oregon were just beginning. The irises were in the middle of the flowering season so we saw loads of lovely new varieties and had a fabulous time with all our iris friends.

Irises in bloom Schreiners Oregon late May 2012

This mammoth journey (6 flights) was followed by our Iris Field Open Day. Around 200 visitors came throughout the day which pleased us no end. Thanks to all who made the journey. The irises were in the first year of bloom so there were less flowers than we would have liked. Next year there will be loads more and hopefully the peonies will have settling down and be flowering also.

After the open day we traveled down to RHS Wisley where I gave a talk for the British Iris Society’s 90th birthday weekend celebrations. Sadly it was so wet and what with the Royal River Pageant making its way down the Thames visitor numbers were not that large. Never mind I enjoyed being able to talk about the history of the bearded iris.

So now, 2 weeks after that and two days with the lovely photographer Andrea Jones, I can think about extracting the last bit of pollen from the last of the iris flowers for crossing and checking that all the iris varieties in the field are correct.

All we need now is some good dry weather!

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