Iris – Miniature Tall Bearded

Alongside the Garden Design and planting Rosalind is a National Collection Holder of Iris (Miniature Tall Bearded Iris). Officially that makes her a bit of a bearded Iris geek unofficially just another common or garden obsessed collector.

The collection started in 2009, gathering what was available in the UK together in one place along with importing one or two we went on adding with gifts from others from breeder, finds in specialist nurseries and the odd lucky find on a wrongly size tagged, rightly named Iris in all sorts of places!

To date there are about 60 MTB’s and around 30 other bearded’s in an assortment of sizes and about 20 others. Unsurprisingly we collect as we go, we take anything we’re offered, bearded, non-bearded, species, reticulata and so on at the moment the only Iris we don’t have are the water lovers, I. fulva I.levigata, I.versicolour, I.pseudacorus and I.virginica because we have no watery space.

The aim is for them to pay for themselves, their land and accommodations, their, food and nutrition, the required labeling was one off cost. This equalizing is achieved through sales of the propagated and divided collection. It maintains itself, just, though no one gets paid to maintain it, that’s a labour of obsession sorry, love!

If you want some divisions we regularly donate to fellow collectors, charities auctions and gardens, to weeding volunteers. This year we’ll be making offers available through our Facebook pages, so click a like to keep updated.

For 2016 rhizomes are supplied bare root between August and September and range in price from £7 to £10 each. Postage and packing will be added at cost and therefore unique to each order. Irises can only be supplied only within the UK.

 

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